The ripple effects of mining

Leaders of the organisation Women Affected by Mining in Action are campaigning in a fight against negligence by mining companies. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Mining is a crucial industry in South Africa, but it has a ripple effect, and often, not a good one.

Leaders of the organisation Women Affected by Mining in Action, are campaigning in a fight against negligence by mining companies, as well as against gender-based violence.

Silvia Shandukani is a single mother of three.

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She was one of those listening to campaigners advocating for mining communities to be empowered.

Her child has health problems. She says a doctor is blaming mining taking place nearby.

She shared, "I went to the doctor and the doctor told me what caused the child's illness. The child is affected by [coal] dust. [The doctor] asked me if I stay close to the mine. I said yes."

Her daughter is really struggling.

"The child has breathing difficulties at night. She has shortness of breath. I have to make sure that I wake her up at night. Every morning when I wake up I am tired because I have to stay up all night."

Shandukani is unemployed so her medical expenses are proving steep.

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"I want money or a medical card so I can take her to the doctor for a monthly check-up. The help can come from government or anyone else who can help," she said.

She is not alone. Many here are suffering from persistent coughs while cracked houses greet them every day.

They are endorsing this campaign hoping to find justice for communities affected by mining. 

Source
eNCA

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