Most residents of eight mining communities that were surveyed by an antipovertyagency said that they derived no benefit from having a mine in their area and that its proximity brought health and environmental problems instead. This is despite the stated intention of mining legislation and the Mining Charter for communities to benefit from social labour plans, which are the major drivers of corporate social responsibility. The results of the ActionAid SA survey indicate that there has been little trickle-down of community development as promised by the government and the industry. ActionAid released the results of the survey, the Social Audit Baseline Report, in Cape Town on Tuesday while mining companies were participating in the high-powered Mining Indaba nearby.

The survey was conducted in communities in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Northern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Of those interviewed 79% indicated that there was no benefit from the mines at all, wh...

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