Article from ROAPE Volume 5 Number 12
How the Mining Companies Undermine Liberation
The strategic importance of the whole region and the Cape sea routes and of key minerals like gold and, increasingly, uranium make it unlikely that SA can be ‘abandoned’ , especially given the new trends in the western economies. However, the mining industry is leaving nothing to chance and is taking measures to guard against this, and against a future transition to socialism. It is mechanising mining operations - thus making the industry more technologically dependent, and also able to make some concessions to a black labour force that will be skilled and non-migrant. It is also developing new forms of integration with foreign governments and companies.