For many years, asbestos was mined on a large scale in South Africa. It was an important part of South Africa’s rich mineral resources. Regrettably, the asbestos mining industry did not adequately address the health hazards to workers and communities associated with asbestos.
Consequently, Asbestos-Related Diseases are prevalent among miners and persons who lived in communities near mines and were environmentally exposed to asbestos. This is despite the fact that asbestos mining was banned in South Africa in 2001.