Research funded by the Water Research Commission has found that more than 6-million people in SA who live in mining areas will be affected socially and economically by mine closures, with communities in the coal belt and gold-mining areas likely to be the most affected.

The study calls for government and companies to think about the social risks that will accompany the closure of coal mines as new investments in the sector dry up while the country ramps up investments into cleaner energy...

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