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Christopher Merrett Reviews South Africa’s Gold Mines and the Politics of Silicosis by Jock McCulloch

South Africa's Gold Mines and the Politics of SilicosisVerdict: carrot

Silicosis is the primary occupational disease of the industrial revolution, the consequence of drilling, blasting and grinding. Gold mining lies deep in the historical roots of South Africa’s political economy, apartheid labour policy in particular. And our gold is notoriously hard to extract from ore with a high-silica content.
Superficially, the gold mining industry had a good track record combating both silicosis and resultant pulmonary tuberculosis.

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