Mining houses, the government and other stakeholders are investing in improving socio-
economic conditions in distressed mining towns and rural labour-sending areas. Among the R18-
mbillion worth of interventions, are housing, health care and job creation initiatives.
Cash from the sale of the state's 13.91% stake in Vodacom – to the Public Investment
Corporation, which acts for the Government Employees Pension Fund – will finance the
multibillion-rand allocation to Eskom. The deal is believed to be worth nearly R29-billion.
Mineworkers are at high risk of contracting lung diseases such as silicosis, pulmonary
tuberculosis and lung cancer. Compensation has been slow in coming, but this should pick up
pace with the launch of Project Ku-Riha, set up to process compensation claims speedily.
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