South Africa: The Marikana Syndrome

[AfricaFocus]”What took place on August 16th could just as conceivably have occurred with similar violence at just about any mine in South Africa – because of workforce similarities, common historical residues inherited from apartheid and preserved so exactly in the world of mineral extraction, similarities of geological conditions, the nature of industrial relations nationwide, the appalling state of safety in South Africa’s “hard rock” mines or, perhaps most importantly of all, because the local mining industry h

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