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1st Edition

Social Licensing and Mining in South Africa

ISBN 9781138348936
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
180 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book highlights the role of community trusts in social licencing through the lens of mining and mining disputes in South Africa.

Employing elements of trust, acceptance and elite interaction as a framework, this book critically investigates the underlying dynamics of community development trusts and also the response of host communities to the inherent dilemma of the SLO concept, namely social legitimation versus corporate profits. Looking at formal versus informal regulatory requirements, popular mobilisation, and the interaction between the local population and mining companies, this book constitutes a thorough look at the issues surrounding mining in South Africa and its effect on society.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African studies, business in Africa, corporate responsibility, and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Context of community-mine relations in South Africa  2. Path dependency and social licensing  3. Mining regulatory frameworks and civil society mobilisation  4. Royal Bafokeg Nation: A model of community-based natural resource management  5. Social mobilisation against community development trusts in South Africa  6. Conclusion: Social licensing and prospects for community development 

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Sethulego Matebesi is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Academic Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State, South Africa.