South Africa's Toxic Legacy

April 20, 2017 / IOL
Mark Olalde
South Africa's mining industry is slowly abandoned, a trend captured in this photo essay for Johannesburg's Saturday Star newspaper.
April 12, 2017 / Roads & Kingdoms
Mark Olalde
Land in South Africa is often owned communally, a fact which international mining houses exploit by cutting deals with traditional authorities.
April 9, 2017 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
A 19-month investigation exposes South Africa's failure to stop the ongoing pollution from coal mines that have been shut down.
April 8, 2017 / Independent Online
Mark Olalde
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.
March 29, 2017 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
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.
March 29, 2017 / Inter Press Service
Mark Olalde
Delegates from mining communities across the globe met in Cape Town to discuss their grievances and protest the international mining industry.
March 29, 2017 / Climate Home
Mark Olalde
International factors are squeezing South African coal miners, leading to smaller profit margins and a corresponding shift to junior miners that often abandon mines.
March 29, 2017 / Independent Online
Mark Olalde
As Africa's largest utility shifts its policies and the world slowly moves toward renewables, South Africa's coal mines are increasingly abandoned.
January 21, 2017 / Independent Online
Mark Olalde
Brought to informal settlements among coal piles and coal-fired power stations by the possibility of employment, residents in Mpumalanga face the constant complications surrounding relocation.
January 3, 2017 / Untold Stories
Mark Olalde
South Africa has historically failed to properly regulate closure of the mines that helped build its economy. These photos chronicle the country's attempt to play catch up.