Authors: Mrs Ntombizodwa Ndlovu And Professor Jill Murray

Source: Adler Museum Bulletin; 2013;39(2) P3-8


Poor control of silica dust during gold mining operations has created an epidemic of silicosis and tuberculosis. Several other factors such as the migrant labour system and the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections have contributed to the high rates of tuberculosis (TB). Extensive research has produced many useful findings which have informed policy and practice. Despite this, the burden of these diseases remains high. However, recent developments in the region and within South Africa may see marked improvements in the health of miners.

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