South Africa's Toxic Legacy

June 26, 2017 / IOL
Mark Olalde
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.
June 15, 2017 / IOL
Mark Olalde
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.
June 15, 2017 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
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.
June 15, 2017 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
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.
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.