Marikana platinum mine’s bedroom shantytown, Nkaneng

Photos by Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

On August 16, 2012, police at South Africa’s Marikana mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners and their families, like those in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the mine, still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase at Marikana, run by the British company Lonmin.

Pictures were taken on July 9, 2013.


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