Asbestos Blues: Labour, Capital, Physicians and the State in South Africa (Paperback)
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Short Description for Asbestos Blues Most of the world's blue asbestos has been mined in South Africa, where industry and government have been slow to respond to environment and heath issues. This text discusses whether mining and manufacturing companies were the victims of imperfect science and inadequate state regulation.
- Published: 01 May 2002
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780852558621 ISBN 10: 0852558627
- Sales rank: 789,286
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Were mining and manufacturing companies, as they claimed, the victims of imperfect science and inadequate state regulation? Since the 1930s growing evidence of the health risks was often suppressed by companies and the South African government. - Is enough being done to clean up the environmental damage caused by the mines? Large areas of the northern Cape have been made permanently hazardous by asbestos mining. Windborne fibre continues to spread that hazard in an ever widening circle of risk. During 2001 the South African government allocated R100 million to clean up un-reclaimed mines, but far more will be necessary to make the landscape itself safe. - Should British companies be held responsible for the behaviour of their South African subsidiaries? The prosperity of the asbestos industry in South Africa depended on apartheid. Company profits and the dividends paid to British shareholders were fuelled by the lowly paid and hazardous work of women and juveniles in South African mines.