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Only a higher gold price can finance the necessary environmental remediation

Section: Daily Dispatches

It's treason for the South African government not to care about gold price suppression.

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Toxic City: The Cost of Gold Mining in South Africa

From Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar
Monday, February 11, 2019

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In the midst of Johannesburg are mountains of sandy dirt -- tall, geometric, and as much a part of the landscape as the city's glittering skyline.

Winds stir up dust from the dunes and carry it to nearby homes, where it settles on roofs, roads, and areas where children play, often in South Africa's poorest townships.

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But what look like natural landmarks are in fact piles of waste from the country's 130-year-old gold industry that contain heavy metals like lead and arsenic as well as radioactive waste.

More than 1.5 million South Africans live in townships at the bases of these mountains. Residents, activists, and local doctors have long been worried about the risks.

The dust causes violent coughing and vomiting and, in some households, children have severe neurological disorders. ...

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