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Mine mechanisation and distributional conflict in rural South Africa

Sonwabile Mnwana and Andrew Bowman

Resources Policy, 2018, vol. 59, issue C, 227-237

Abstract: •Policy has sought to improve mining labour rights and developmental contribution.•Labour intensive PGM mining business models have proven unsustainable.•Industry leaders expect mechanisation to restore legitimacy and profitability.•However, mechanisation may generate new tensions and community conflict.•Mine-community mediation by tribal authorities has proven dysfunctional.

Date: 2018
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