March 16, 2012 /
David Rochkind
Photojournalist David Rochkind moderates discussion on World TB Day.
An unremediated gold mine waste pile pollutes the area around a Mintails Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd mining right. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
December 7, 2016 / The Star
Mark Olalde
For the first time, Promotion of Access to Information Act requests expose South Africa's failed mine closure system. One specific company sets an example with its choice to not properly rehabilitate...
Carletonville sinkhole
December 1, 2016 / The Star
Mark Olalde
Five decades of mining on the Far West Rand outside Johannesburg contributed to the formation of more than 1,000 sinkholes. As companies abandon mines, many fear this will set off new sinkholes.
President Jacob Zuma speaks to Parliament in October about the marine economy. Courtesy: Republic of South Africa. South Africa, 2016.
November 23, 2016 / Inter Press Service
Mark Olalde
Southern Africa finds itself at the center of the offshore bulk sediment mining debate as international companies rush to strip mine phosphate deposits in coastal waters of South Africa and Namibia.
Workers at John Hume's rhino ranch prepare to remove the horn of a rhino. Image by Rachel Nuwer. South Africa, 2016.
November 22, 2016 / Newsweek
Rachel Nuwer
Legalizing trade in rhinoceros horns could help save the species, but some experts worry it might stimulate demand and encourage poachers.
November 18, 2016 / VICE News
Amy Maxmen
PrEP drugs like Truvada can drastically lower the risk of HIV transmission. But young women in South Africa are pushing for a different kind of change.
An illegal miner displays gold ore dug from an abandoned mine in Johannesburg. South Africa, 2016. Image by Mark Olalde.
November 18, 2016
Mark Olalde
Meet journalist Mark Olalde who is investigating the costs of abandoned mines and the active minerals extraction industry in South Africa.
The tide rolls in on the shores of Cape Town, South Africa. Prospecting rights for offshore mining cover 10 percent of the country's exclusive marine economic zone. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
November 12, 2016 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
Offshore mining prospecting rights cover 10 percent of South Africa's marine economic zone. With the country's inability to properly close mines, a large opposition movement fears offshore mining.
Trash piled up around Setswetla's chemical toilets. Image by Christian Belanger, South Africa, 2016.
October 27, 2016 / Untold Stories
Christian Belanger
A look into the life of residents in Setswetla, an informal settlement in Johannesburg's Alexandra Township.
David van Wyk tests water quality in streams near piles of mine waste in Riverlea. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
October 16, 2016 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
Activists face uphill battles when they push back against mining companies. Their stories include violence, secret deals, a lack of access to information and unenforced laws.
Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
October 13, 2016
Mark Olalde
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.
APOR
October 13, 2016 / Untold Stories
Christian Belanger
The people and places in Alex tell the township’s story and history, among them rival organizations of longtime property owners, a soup kitchen for drug addicts, and a hostel built under apartheid.
A stream meanders through a wetland in Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga. The region is a Strategic Water Source Area, the segments of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland that make up 8 percent of land area but account for 50 percent of water supply. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
October 12, 2016 / Inter Press Service
Mark Olalde
With South Africa in the midst of a historic drought, the government continues to allow ambitious prospecting for coal mines in water-sensitive areas.

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