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Mining activities continue to dispossess black families in South Africa

Dineo Skosana, a researcher at the Society, Work and Politics Institute, recently published a short article in The Conversation about her research into grave relocations and dispossession by mining corporations in South Africa: Dispossession in South Africa is associated with the period of colonialism and apartheid. As a result, not much consideration is given to how previously marginalised black communities continue to be dispossessed by coal-mining activities in democratic South Africa. In a paper that formed part of my PhD research, I investigated what communities lose because of coal mining. The research was conducted in Ogies, a town that lies 29km south-west of Witbank (Emalahleni), in

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