Digging For Development: The mining industry in South Africa and its role in socio-economic development

In December 2012 the Embassy of Sweden commissioned the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) to investigate the socio-economic circumstances of mineworkers in South Africa.

The context of this investigation was the horrific event of 16th August 2012 that had seen the South African police open fire on a group of protesting mineworkers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in South Africa’s North West Province.

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