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South Africa’s goldmines beset by simmering resentment

In Plunder, rebellion, Repression on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

Down the mine there is pain, oppression and the cold fear of never coming back. But worst of all, said rock driller Mbuzi Mokwane, is the day he gets his pay cheque. “My pay day is the most miserable day for me. At least during the week I’m working. But on the day you’re given a pay slip that says 4,000 rand [£300], you start calculating your outgoings and you can go crazy. There is daylight robbery in the mines.” Read the rest of this entry »