South Africa's gold mines and the politics of Silicosis

McCulloch, J 2012, South Africa's gold mines and the politics of Silicosis, James Currey, Suffolk, United Kingdom.


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Title South Africa's gold mines and the politics of Silicosis
Author(s) McCulloch, J
Year 2012
Publisher James Currey
Place of publication Suffolk, United Kingdom
Subjects Sociology not elsewhere classified
Summary South Africa's gold mines are the largest and historically among the most profitable in the world. Yet at what human cost? This book reveals how the mining industry, abetted by a minority state, hid a pandemic of silicosis for almost a century and allowed miners infected with tuberculosis to spread disease to rural communities in South Africa and to labour-sending states. In the twentieth century, South African mines twice faced a crisis over silicosis, which put its workers at risk of contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, often fatal. The first crisis, 1896-1912, saw the mining industry invest heavily in reducing dust and South Africa became renowned for its mine safety.The second began in 2000 with mounting scientific evidence that the disease rate among miners is more than a hundred times higher than officially acknowledged. The first crisis also focused upon disease among the minority white miners: the current crisis is about black migrant workers, and is subject to major class actions for compensation. Jock McCulloch was a Legislative Research Specialist for the Australian parliament and has taught at various universities. His books include Asbestos Blues
Copyright notice © Jock McCulloch 2012
Keyword(s) Health
occupational disease
South Africa
gold mining
ISBN 9781847010599
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