n South African Law Journal - Half-hearted regulation : Corporate Social Responsibility in the mining industry : notes

Volume 131, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



The relationship between mining companies and the communities in which they operate has historically been characterised by strong power imbalances (see I B Sutton 'The Diggers' Revolt in Griqualand West, 1875' (1979) 12 40 at 41). However, it is the events of 2012, heralded by many as the 'Miner Spring', which have shone a light on this contentious relationship (see Ed Stoddard ''Miner Spring' may lead to more unrest' 6 September 2012 available at , accessed on 4 December 2012; Patrick Kane 'Could we be about to see a Miners Spring?' 25 June 2012 available at , accessed on 4 December 2012). Partly because of this, attention has turned to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility ('CSR') and how it is being translated into the obligations mining companies owe mine communities. Like all private corporations, mining companies are created for the primary purpose of generating profits. As such, social and environmental considerations are often neglected.

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