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Current Issue

Volume 48 Number 1&2 (2015)

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION DE LA RÉDACTRICE

Suzanne Dansereau

This Special Issue of the journal - New Frontiers of Mining in South Africa Nouvelles frontières du secteur minier en Afrique du sud – has been guest edited by Dunbar Moodie and Karl von Holdt, both of whom are affiliated with the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), at the University of the Witwatersrand. They present the work of scholars who were part of a SWOP research project titled “Mining, Society and Environment”, funded by the South African National Research Foundation, and presented at a SWOP workshop which they chaired. 

The guest editors explain, in an introductory article, the ongoing significance of mining in post-apartheid South Africa, albeit operating under new patterns of industrial and community relations as well as spatial disjunctures that have led to a reconfiguration of society, politics and the economy. These have resulted in what the Guest Editors have titled the ‘new frontiers’ of mining in South Africa.

In addition to thanking the Guest Editors for their hard work and the many article reviewers, we are also thankful for the help of many others who aided in the production of this issue. These include Gul Rukh Selim, Leonard Buckles, Hélène Dansereau, Mehjabeen Alarakhia and Jenny Harrison.

We are also thankful for the contribution by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Greg Marinovich for the cover image of  mineworkers coming to the surface after their shift in May 2000, at Anglo Gold’s Savuka mine, the world’s deepest mine, as well as for the photographs used on the inside pages of the journal.

This issue is late in coming out. Articles were received in July 2016, and published in January 2017.

Editor’s Introduction / Introduction de la rédactrice
SUZANNE DANSEREAU

Introduction to the Special Issue :
New Frontiers of Mining in South Africa é Nouvelles frontières du secteur minier en Afrique du sud

Dunbar Moodie and Karl von Holdt

Impact of the South African Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act on Levels of Mining, Land Utility and People
May Hermanus, Joshua Walker, Ingrid Watson & Oliver Barker

Managing Class Compromise and Labour Conflict on the South African Gold Mines during the 1980s
T.Dunbar Moodie

Women, Subcontracted Workers and Precarity in South African Platinum Mines : a Gender Analysis
Asanda Benya

Strike Violence in Post-apartheid South Africa
Crispen Chinguno

Land, Settlement and Space:  Conflict within the Western Limb of South Africa’s Platinum Belt
Margot Rubin and Philip Harrison

Between ‘Locals’ and ‘Foreigners’ : Mining and rural politics of belonging in North West Province, South Africa
Sonwabile Mnwana

“Beyond the Compound”: Organisation of social life in an informal settlement within a South African mining town
Melusi Nkomo

Populism and the Political Character of the Economic Freedom Fighters - a View From the Branch
Tasneem Essop

Insurgent citizenship and Patterns of Authority in Mining Affected Areas : Understanding community protests in Rustenburg, South Africa
Joseph Mujere

Cover photograph: Western Deep by Greg Marinovich

 

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