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Between Cause and Cure : The Mining Industry and HIV/AIDS Governance in South Africa

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Hönke, Jana:
Between Cause and Cure : The Mining Industry and HIV/AIDS Governance in South Africa.
In: Börzel, Tanja ; Thauer, Christian (ed.): Business and Governance in South Africa : Racing to the Top? - London : Palgrave Macmillan , 2013 . - pp. 67-87


The story of HIV/AIDS and the mining industry in South Africa is complex. It is also more controversial than that of other sectors discussed in this volume. Two interrelated factors account for the particularity of the case. Firstly, mining companies have contributed significantly to the spread of HIV/AIDS through the use of their 120 year-old migrant labor model. At the 2010 HIV/AIDS conference in Durban, the South African gold mining sector came under heavy criticism from medical practitioners, ex-miners, advocacy groups and the South African Minister of Health for its part in the tuberculosis crisis that affects the industry and its workforce. An activist with the Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa referred to the industry as “TB factory”1. The health minister, Mr. Motsoaledi, stated that “[if] TB/HIV is a snake in Southern Africa, we know that its head is in South Africa in the mines. We are exporting TB and HIV throughout the region”.2 Secondly, the mining industry was early in identifying HIV/AIDS as a key risk to its operations. Already in the 2 mid-1980’s initial responses were developed. However, the overall exclusionary nature of these first approaches laid the ground for some of the difficulties in the implementation of comprehensive prevention and treatment policies later on. The analysis of the mining sector provides important insights into the specific political and normative conditions under which companies have historically addressed a problem such as HIV/AIDS in a way that contributes to improved collective goods provision.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Keywords: HIV; Mining Industry; South Africa
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa
Language: English
Originates at UBT: No
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5811-1
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 10:03
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 10:03


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