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Law protecting interests of South African communities in mining deals falls short

By Yolandi Meyer, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg
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The impact of mining operations on rural communities is a contentious issue in South Africa. There is also concern about the manner in which communities are consulted about mining on their land.

There is often tension between pursuing the economic benefits of mining, and protecting the socioeconomic and cultural rights of people. Some communities rely on the land to sustain themselves through agriculture, and for some their cultural identity is tied…

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