The cost of South Africa's gold rush – BBC News

Johannesburg in South Africa has one of the world’s largest gold deposits. After decades of mining, large swathes of the population are thought to be exposed to toxic and radioactive mine waste.
The BBC’s Sophie Ribstein went to meet people living close to the dumps to find out what effect it is having on their health.
Filmed and edited by Christian Parkinson.
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  1. I feel for those children but with a government like the one S.A has now no journalist coverage will help them. Nothing. Racism has been reversed, S.A is digging a deep hole in which the poor will suffer the most. BBC, you’re drunk. Go home.

  2. Golden Wedge of Ophir — Ophir is a port or a region mentioned in both the Bible and Book of Mormon, famous for its wealth. King Solomon is supposed to have received shipments of gold, silver, sandalwood, precious stones, ivory, apes and peacocks, every three years. The location of Ophir has been a mystery. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (formerly Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests.

    "I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." – Isaiah 13:12

  3. Move.
    It’s not like they have anything, move.
    That is solution in any case, what do you think is going to happen?

  4. though this video didn’t refer, mercury are sometimes used to extract gold even though its use was prohibited. It may cause health problem, too

  5. Hundreds, thousands of waste dumps are all over the city. Commercial property and houses are virtually and sometimes build on the dumps so yes try relocate the whole city. The dumps are really in between all areas and the city has surrounded all the dumbs everywhere. They’ve started to reprocess the dumbs, not sure where the waste is going as its mountains, maybe moving it underground.

  6. The mining companies are responsible for leaving a safe environment behind, but you can also see the mindset of the poor communities… "I know that this is toxic land, but I’ll build my hut for free on it, then ask the government to give me a house instead". This level of entitlement is common in SA, partly because of the promises of free housing the ANC made when they came into power over 20 years ago, sadly corruption has made the politicians richer, and the poor poorer and less educated (which means they’ll continue to be bought with KFC on polling day as they are in every election).

  7. Big money is evil. This system is built on maximising profit, morals be damned.. It has to make way

  8. you must see the cyanide swamps that go for kilometers around the mines. good luck though the government doesn’t give one fuck.

  9. To those seeking sympathy for European oppressors forced to retribute ……..What country,land or peoples has Africa invaded and forced colonization upon? Just curious. But deep down inside….we all know THAT answer. Do as you always have done and attack the messenger rather than face the message. Where i come from……I’m used to it,lol. Thank God I am me.

  10. BBCs 2018 cover ups..

    – Not coveringTelford/Leeds muslim pedophille gangs
    – Not covering muslim pedophille gang in Huddersfield
    – Not covering 55 murders in London in 3 months
    -Not covering Italy & Hungary elections
    -Not covering corrupt EU meetings
    -Government detaining Martin sellner and Brittany Pettibone illegally
    -Not covering freedom of speech events
    – Illegal detainment as illegal sentencing of an innocent man
    – Not covering the silencing as censorship of Populist voices on the internet by fascist corporations like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter.

    BBC 2018 Lies:(False flags)

    -Blamed Russia for chemical attack in UK
    -Blamed Assad for chemical attack in Syria
    -Blamed Russia for amesbury poisoning
    -Blamed Russia for staged murder of babchenko done by Ukrainian secret service.


    – Bias against white working class people of UK
    – Pro Islam agenda disguised as multi culturalism
    – Bias against Myanmar people
    – Anti Russia propoganda
    – Anti Trump agenda

    Shut down BBC and prosecute Tony hall

  11. This is the SA story the BBC chooses to cover?

    So why doesn’t their black dominated South African government do something to help their poor black South African citizens? Been in power for a couple decades now.

    All you pro genociders and virtue signalers should watch this:

  12. informal settelment is squatters living on property they do not own Biased Brit corp . No coverage of Plaas moorde

  13. Who cares about South Africa, they kill their own farmers just because theyre white. The President openly sings about killing the white man.

  14. The whole world is a mess.Repent,baptise and focus on eternal things.This is all temporary wordly tribulation.

  15. Omg past mining! Lets ignore all the white people currently being cleansed from the country….

  16. Another proof of the wickedness by those who came "uninvited" without VISA only to Kill, Steal and Destroy…John10:10.
    Hey Africans, keep on relying on these "deadly foreign indigents" for your salvation as see how far it gets you. WAKE UP Africans and take back all which rightfully belong to you before Satan and his children devour you.
    BBC is being hypocritical in this report as they play a big part in this pernicious act by the Boombastic Bastardized Crooks (BBC) from the caves of Europe.
    Wise up, Black people…WISE UP AFRICA!!!

  17. sad world man’s greed. they will all starve any way when they are done killing all the farmers.

  18. Well the Dews own the mines, they own the gold. Who’d of thunk it. But no doubt its whiteys fault.

  19. How about reporting on the white genocide currently taking place in SA or isn’t that high on your list of priorities?

  20. Any news on the black supremacists in South Africa calling for genocide against whites?
    Or does bbc support that type of racial violence?

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