South Africa's Toxic Legacy

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.
January 2, 2017 / Saturday Star - IOL
Mark Olalde
Communal land rights often hamper South Africans' claims to the profits from some regions. In the villages around Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape, this battle continues over a proposed titanium mine.
January 1, 2017 / Inter Press Service
Mark Olalde
Abandoned mines, a shrinking minerals extraction workforce and traditional practices combine to produce small-scale miners in South Africa.
December 26, 2016 / Oxpeckers
Mark Olalde
This investigation combines print, photo, a mini documentary and a searchable dataset to explain never-before-seen data regarding mine closure certificates and financial provisions for rehabilitation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.