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The cost of South Africa’s gold rush – BBC News

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Johannesburg in South Africa has one of the world’s largest gold deposits. After decades of mining, large swathes of the population are thought to be exposed to toxic and radioactive mine waste.
The BBC’s Sophie Ribstein went to meet people living close to the dumps to find out what effect it is having on their health.
Filmed and edited by Christian Parkinson.
#SouthAfrica #Johannesburg #GoldRush
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  1. @theovanstaden5766

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Before Gold was discovered in Johannesburg it was a farm. nobody forced nobody to go there, people went there for work, Black and white lol now it is a rubbish place, i stay very far away from Gauteng, dont like it.

  2. @madgoldnz

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Lol trying to make mining the bad guy, instead of looking for solutions. There wouldn't be a Johannesburg if there was no gold mining

  3. @ima1sthumanonearth8

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    my ancestors gold i cant touch

  4. @jabez4041

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    One must mention that these people who are living here are mine slaves coming all the way from their good homes, got the least job at the mine in some forest and decides to create a small shack next to the work place, end up bringing some women over and make babies in the process. this is not a normal community in South Africa. US media likes showing these kind of places intending to show bad image about Africa.

  5. @alcenofolchini6971

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    I use to go to the movies on top of one, government must do something the problem is they can fix the potholes on the roads ,never mind fix the rest

  6. @jonathanhancock917

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    These mine dumps were created in the 40's and 50's. More than half of Johannesburgs roads are built on Tailings. Johannesburg was built around the dumps, not the other way round.
    When these dumps were built, places like Modderfontein were farms, I have seen the hand drawn mining plans signed off in the 40's.
    I work on these dumps and we are mining them daily and I can tell you that people are quick to blame the mines because they want money and don't take responsibility for their actions and decisions in life.

  7. @1pasupaty

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    These mines were the reason for the war during late 19th century.

  8. @jessicavanderekberg9072

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Why doesn't the BBC make a documentary about the 126 death camps for Boer WOMEN AND CHILDREN the Brits had all over SA during the Anglo-Boer war??

  9. @bosuli6289

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    I see it is well over 1 year since this was posted, and I heard today that Fredrik Gertten and others have just made a movie about this. It can now be seen here in Sweden, and I really look forward to seeing this movie. I never want to buy gold anymore because this is so terrible and scary.

  10. @hongbitter7142

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Sorry bud but your cell phone Geiger counter isn't worth a fuck. Come on BBC

  11. @wires2115

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    so who told those "people" to live their {plak}….. they do it on their own..

  12. @blech71

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    I can hear the Die Antword accent so strong

  13. @NellieKAdaba

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Wow

  14. @maggieparker1687

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    what the world needs is love, the love the Bible talks about, John 3:16

  15. @clandestinoforle9493

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    The US doesn't want you here anymore.

    https://pin.it/i7nialrnmtinvd

  16. @neorain3691

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    How about reporting on the white genocide currently taking place in SA or isn't that high on your list of priorities?

  17. @janicenick9538

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    sad world man's greed. they will all starve any way when they are done killing all the farmers.

  18. @saltinecracker2727

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    I feel sorry for these people…this place looks like a real dump.

  19. @etiennen4136

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Hundreds, thousands of waste dumps are all over the city. Commercial property and houses are virtually and sometimes build on the dumps so yes try relocate the whole city. The dumps are really in between all areas and the city has surrounded all the dumbs everywhere. They've started to reprocess the dumbs, not sure where the waste is going as its mountains, maybe moving it underground.

  20. @volcanowb

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Irresponsible governments around the world.

  21. @SusanDianeHowell

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Golden Wedge of Ophir — Ophir is a port or a region mentioned in both the Bible and Book of Mormon, famous for its wealth. King Solomon is supposed to have received shipments of gold, silver, sandalwood, precious stones, ivory, apes and peacocks, every three years. The location of Ophir has been a mystery. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (formerly Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests.

    "I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." – Isaiah 13:12

  22. @bejawarriors6647

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Africa don't need white people…..they got china…hahahaha

  23. @wm2357

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    How about the white genocide that's been going on in South Africa?

  24. @markcollettredicetvmillenn4369

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Red Ice TV are a real news network.

  25. @markcollettredicetvmillenn4369

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    The BBC are fake news, 100% 👌😉

  26. @belfasta

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Don't trust the BBC ever they are a deep state propaganda media unit

  27. @genehakman9422

    January 25, 2024 at 11:03 am

    This is the SA story the BBC chooses to cover?

    So why doesn't their black dominated South African government do something to help their poor black South African citizens? Been in power for a couple decades now.

    All you pro genociders and virtue signalers should watch this:
    https://youtu.be/a_bDc7FfItk

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