A seminar entitled Fault Lines and Seismic Events: Violence and Rustenburg’s social context” will be presented by Professor Andries Bezuidenhout.  It will be jointly hosted by the History and IOLS programme, School of Social Science.

DATE:  Wednesday, 29 August 2012
TIME:  3.00pm – 4.30pm
VENUE:  McIntyre Library, History Programme, 2nd floor, MTB.
Andries together with colleagues has conducted extensive research both in the mining industry and with NUM.  His talk will address some the issues that the Marikana tradegy has thrust into the spotlight. The attached paper by Bezuidenhout and Buhlungu will provide a background to the oral presentation.
Andries Bezuidenhout is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. His research interests in the mining industry revolves around issues such as labour contracting, the NUM’s relationship with its members, and changes in mining town geographies. He has conducted a number of surveys for the NUM on the quality of their services to members, in 1998/9, 2005, and again in 2010. These surveys provide a longitudinal view of changes in the union. He is currently involved in a project that attempts to understand how mining continues to shape the nature of the post-apartheid social order, in partnership with his colleague Sakhela Buhlungu, a number of colleagues from Wits University’s SWOP Institute, as well as Dunbar Moodie from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the US.

Publications on the mining industry include:
Bezuidenhout, Andries and Sakhela Buhlungu. (2012, forthcoming.) ‘Shifting Boundaries of Exclusion and Citizenship: Geographies of Power in South African Mine Compounds.’ In: Tina Uys and Sujata Patel (eds.) Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship: Contested Transitions in South Africa and India. Uttar Pradesh. Orient Blackswan.

Bezuidenhout, Andries & Sakhela Buhlungu. 2011. ‘From Compounded to Fragmented Labour: Mineworkers and the Demise of Compounds in South Africa.’ Antipode, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 237-263.

Buhlungu, Sakhela & Andries Bezuidenhout. 2008. ‘Union Solidarity under Stress: The case of the National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa.’ Labor Studies Journal, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 262-287.

Bezuidenhout, Andries. 2008. ‘Black Economic Empowerment and Externalisation in the South African Mining Industry.’ In Kristina Bentley and Adam Habib. Racial Redress and Citizenship in South Africa. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Buhlungu, Sakhela & Andries Bezuidenhout. 2007. ‘Old Victories, New Struggles: The State of the National Union of Mineworkers.’ In: Sakhela Buhlungu, John Daniel, Jessica Lutchman and Roger Southall (eds.) State of the Nation, 2006-2007. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Kenny, Bridget & Andries Bezuidenhout. 1999. ‘Contracting, Complexity and Control: An Overview of the Changing Nature of Subcontracting in the South African Mining Industry.’ Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, vol. 99 no. 4, pp. 185-191.


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