Mines are human-made structures, and this basic fact already tells us a lot about the nature of mining as an industry. While the mineral deposits that make mining profitable are already present underground, mining companies still need to prepare the infrastructure necessary to extract and process these resources.
The mining industry has been faced with various challenges over the past years concerning laws and regulations. It has been scrutinized because of the harmful effects that it already has when it comes to our environment.
When asked to imagine what a mine looks like, many people think of a dark tunnel supported by wooden beams and cutting into the side of a mountain. Social media, including cartoons, have popularized this perception, and while this image is indeed what some mines look like, not all mines look like this.
Mining is a concept which brings both positive and negative connotations. It helps the economies of the country and the items being mined are essential to our everyday lives. However, environmentalists have a different take on the issue as some mining corporations abuse the environment.
Mining is a lucrative business. It promises big profit margins for mining companies while providing employment opportunities for its employees. However, it cannot be all good. There is still bound to be an ugly side to mining that most people don’t know about.
South Africa is rich in natural resources, especially of the kind that lies underground. For this reason, the mining industry in South Africa has been booming for the last couple of years. But at what cost? Here are five shocking facts on the mining conditions in South Africa.