The abandonment of South African gold mines—coupled with a high commodity price—has created a network of criminal syndicates operating in abandoned mines around Johannesburg.
Millions of South Africans live near or on mine waste, but without proper epidemiological studies to use in court, they remain unable to sue mining companies for potential health implications.
At its centennial mark, Anglo American's international mining empire faces a mixed legacy.
A 21-month investigation unveils never-before-seen statistics on South Africa's mine closure system in which money is held for remediation but is never used as mines are not properly closed.
As the world slowly moves away from coal-fired and other fossil fuel-based electricity generation, South Africa sits at a crossroads in determining its future energy portfolio.
South Africa's mining industry is slowly abandoned, a trend captured in this photo essay for Johannesburg's Saturday Star newspaper.
Land in South Africa is often owned communally, a fact which international mining houses exploit by cutting deals with traditional authorities.
A 19-month investigation exposes South Africa's failure to stop the ongoing pollution from coal mines that have been shut down.
About 13 percent of South Africa is still held as communal land. International mining houses often cut deals with leaders of these lands to get access for new operations.
Eschewing public consultation, the ministers of the environment and mining in South Africa sign a deal to allow coal mining in a legally protected environment.
Delegates from mining communities across the globe met in Cape Town to discuss their grievances and protest the international mining industry.
International factors are squeezing South African coal miners, leading to smaller profit margins and a corresponding shift to junior miners that often abandon mines.
More than 6,000 abandoned mines pierce South African soil, and the nation is now left to deal with the environmental and social rehabilitation from what was once its most important industry.
Demand for animals vastly outstrips availability. What are the forces driving the current poaching crisis, what we stand to lose if species fall, and what is being done to stop the killing?
The South African government is working to reform Alexandra Township, one of the poorest, most densely populated areas of Johannesburg, still struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid. Can it succeed?
According to all the latest reports, South Africa is making major steps in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS. A look at how the lives of women here have changed in the past three years.
Young women are at particularly high risk for HIV in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where about 5,000 of them acquire the disease each week. Is a drug to prevent HIV really the best solution? Amy Maxmen looks at alternative solutions in South Africa.
Murders of environmental and land rights campaigners are on the increase worldwide.
An on-the-ground look at efforts in Africa and the United States to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
There's a method to stopping gun violence before it starts--and it has worked in seven countries. Can the method be modified to prevent sexual violence?
In South Africa's poorest mining communities, fury at the political class is mounting.
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in South Africa. Drug resistance is now so strong that patients are sent home to die. However, new drugs are being made available through trials or NGOs.
Nearly 20 years since the end of apartheid, discrimination in South Africa has a new form. Healthcare inequality has taken the place of forced segregation in rural and urban townships.
In South Africa, women are not equal. The fight to end apartheid has been waged and won, but the fight for gender equality continues.
200 environmental and human rights activists are assassinated each year, according to Global Witness. Fred Pearce investigates the headline-grabbing slayings of three of these activists.
Rachel is a Brooklyn-based freelance science journalist who is writing a book about the illegal wildlife trade. She traveled to Malawi and South Africa to report on the war on poaching.
Journalist Amy Maxmen traveled to Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, where girls under age 20 are being infected by HIV at alarming rates.
Meet journalist Mark Olalde who is investigating the costs of abandoned mines and the active minerals extraction industry in South Africa.
Misha Friedman discusses traveleing to Cape Town to report on the human stories behind the statistics of HIV and the tuberculosis epidemic in South Africa.
Journalists Eleanor Bell and Will Fitzgibbon discuss the process behind "Fatal Extraction," the ICIJ investigation about Australian mining companies in Africa.
Planting and maintaining vegetable gardens on school grounds in South Africa was supposed to be a sustainable operation to maintain food security. Unfortunately, it seems to have proven otherwise.
Jon Cohen discussed his reporting on HIV/AIDS with University of Michigan students.
PBS NewsHour's "The End of AIDS" wins award for excellence in public health reporting by Association for Healthcare Journalists.
From discussing the role of journalism in ending the epidemic to focusing on women and HIV, Pulitzer Center-supported journalists present their reporting in panels, workshops and exhibitions.
Pulitzer Center grantees cover progress and challenges in the worldwide fight against AIDS.
This week's News Bite lesson investigates Jon Cohen's reporting on South Africa's efforts to prevent the spread of HIV.
2016 fellows report on a range of complex issues from around the world—from global health and perceptions of identity to environmental degradation and innovation.
International media organizations nominate 'Fatal Extraction' for innovation in multimedia storytelling.
Reporters in one of the largest ever journalistic collaborations in Africa spent months unearthing court records and hushed-up government audits to tell human stories of mining's impacts in Africa.
The Pulitzer Center staff shares favorite images from 2014.
Grantees Jack Shenker and Jason Larkin report from Marikana, South Africa where 34 striking mineworkers were killed two years ago this week.
Pulitzer Center grantee Meera Senthilingam, in a report for CNN Health, notes that tuberculosis has long been known as a disease of poverty.