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Card image 07 May 2024 Daily Maverick

West Coast mineral extraction raking in billions of rands while communities endure rising poverty

Mining has existed on the West Coast for over 100 years. A new report looks at what these valuable mineral sands are and how surrounding communities still suffer extreme poverty, unemployment and food insecurity. At the heart of this narrative are the heavy minerals —- zircon, ilmenite, and rutile — concealed within the grains of sand.

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