The Price of Gold

The dangers of working in the South African gold mines have long been documented. A forthcoming court hearing highlights the injustice of mine workers who contract silicosis and are sent home, too sick to work, with little or no compensation.  As they are mostly from rural areas, healthcare can be a long and expensive journey away. This together with the lack of income adds to the great strain on families already struggling to get by on so little. Silicosis is a preventable but incurable lung disease that is contracted in the gold mines through inadequate protection from silica dust. Miners who contract silicosis get tired and out of breath quickly and are prone to lung infections, respiratory failure and TB. The gold mining industry in SA has fought viciously to ward off the... read more
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