Platinum under our feet

A recently published photo booklet gives a strong impression of how communities are affected by platinum and palladium mining. This booklet is one of the follow up activities of the research report on palladium and platinum mining published by SOMO in November 2007.

Platinum under our feet

The recently published photo booklet 'Platinum under our feet', gives a strong impression of how communities in South Africa are affected by platinum and palladium mining. Platinum and palladium are metals being used for electronics such as computers and mobile phones. Most of platinum and a fair amount of palladium is being mined in South Africa where several villages have been strongly affected by mining activities by companies such as Anglo Platinum. This photo booklet contains a compilation of photos that community members of affected villages took themselves, with small cheap camera’s  to show the effects of the mining and the texts have been translated from texts written by members of the affected community. Many villages and community members are still struggling for the right to their way of life and many have been arrested or intimidated along the way. This booklet is being used by community members to show the effects of mining and has been widely distributed among the community members.

Download 'Platinum under our feet. Dissenting Voices And Images Of Community Struggles Against Platinum Mining Companies In South Africa’s Limpopo Province'.

November 2007, SOMO published a research on platinum and palladium mining in South Africa entitled 'Capacitating Electronics. The corrosive effects of platinum and palladium mining on labour rights and communities'. The new booklet is one of the follow up activities of this research.