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Sustainable social development in the South African mining sector


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  • Freek Cronje
  • Charity Chenga
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    For decades South Africa's mining sector has been profiteering while neglecting mining communities' development needs. Most of these communities now have social problems. Recently, forces outside the sector - globalisation, the government, the communities themselves - have pressured the mining organisations to become corporate citizens; that is, to take on social responsibilities and work towards sustainable development in their areas. However, this study revealed a gap between policy and practice: social responsibility and real sustainable development do not reach the communities. This article suggests some critical underlying factors that must be dealt with to close this gap: acculturation stress, power relationships, communication and priorities, and identifying who takes responsibility for various facets of development. The article is based on a study of how stakeholders view community development needs. It makes two main recommendations: a process approach to corporate social responsibility and development rather than 'quick fixes', and proper community engagement initiatives.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 413-427

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:26:y:2009:i:3:p:413-427

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    Keywords: Community engagement; corporate social responsibility; social development; sustainable development; mining communities;


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    1. Banks, Glenn, 2013. "Little by little, inch by inch: Project expansion assessments in the Papua New Guinea mining industry," Resources Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 688-695.


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