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unearthing the truth Joseph Osesi brings you Black Lives Matter, a stirring documentary that will leave you questioning the integrity of our government and their highly favoured foreign investments Picture: Supplied
unearthing the truth Joseph Osesi brings you Black Lives Matter, a stirring documentary that will leave you questioning the integrity of our government and their highly favoured foreign investments Picture: Supplied

First aired in two parts on SABC1 last month, Black Lives Matters by legendary journalist and now director Joseph Oesi looks at the terrible conditions miners and mining communities still face in South Africa.

It “explores how the mineral wealth, rightfully belonging to the people of South Africa, has been sold to foreign capitalist interests for the enrichment of the few elite and at the expense of the country. The tragedy of Marikana and the recent widespread strikes in the platinum belt have highlighted the unsustainable levels of inequality inherent in the industry and in the country as a whole.”

The documentary, which was filmed in 2016, puts the Canada-based mining firm Ivanhoe in the spotlight, taking the Marikana Massacre as its starting point, but digging deep into the history of the mining sector as well as the political back-story that led up to the Marikana tragedy.

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