ISBN 9780620578141
Pages 196
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2013
Publisher Agency for Social Reconstruction, South Africa
Format Paperback

Between the Rainbows and the Rain

Marikana, Migration, Mining and the crisis of Modern South Africa

by Philip Frankel

Between the Rainbows and the Rain dissects the South African 'miracle' across a vast landscape from the shack settlements of Marikana to the highest levels of government and corporate behaviour in the South Africa mining industry. It sets out what we know about the Markana massacre against the background of hazardous work conditions in the mines two decades after 'liberation'. Going well beyond the Farlam Commission of Inquiry it also examines, for the first time, the nightmare world of labour broking-cum-human trafficking. It evaluates the prospects for improving life in the near-mine communities that magnetise the poor and jobless in a society ranked among the most unequal, in the world. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in a country of iconic proportions whose political and economic leadership is fast losing capacity to service basic human needs and disappointed popular aspirations. This includes readers in the mining sector, in ethical investment circles across the globe, labour activists, academics, opinion-makers, government and anyone else with an interest in human rights and social justice.

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About the Author

Philip Frankel

Professor Philip Frankel is a former head of the Department of Political Studies  at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is now consulting through ASR to high-end public and private sector  clients in South Africa and internationally.

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