Post-retrenchment and Retirement of Mineworkers: A Poor Quality of Life in Transkei Region of South Africa
Keywords:Retrenched mineworker, bread winner, poverty, sickness
Background: Former mineworkers are sandwiched between scare resources and little hope of getting
re-employment. They do not have enough savings to maintain their families. The expenditure is at its
highest when they return from the mines, as the children are grown up and are in secondary or senior
secondary school. Many are not re-employable because of poor health, and some are disabled.
Objective: To highlight the problem of retrenched mineworkers in the Transkei region of South Africa.
Method: The case histories of these mineworkers were recorded either at Benefit Examination Clinic
(BEC) or at the forensic pathology laboratory which is situated in the chest section of the Mthatha
Results: There were 2027 former mineworkers examined at BEC between 1997 and 2000. Of these,
172 (8.48%) were re-examined and only 51 (2.5%) received compensated over the period of four years.
The examination of mineworkers has decreased from 1997 (29.6%) to 2000 (3.94%). There were 55
(2.71%) died before they received their benefit of examination.
Conclusion: Retrenched mineworkers are frequently under psychosocial pressure, including their
families and the community. Extreme poverty, sickness, and disabilities co-exist among these retrenched,
retired mineworkers in the Transkei region of South Africa.
How to Cite
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Re use and mixing of content policy- We follow Creative Commons Licence Policy. We follow CC BY. Please refer below for all details
This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon our work, even commercially, as long as they credit us for the original creation.
- The journal allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose.
- The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.
- The journal allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions