Mines Must Pay: Cecil Rhodes Statue Protest

On Wednesday 8 February 2017, as mine industry executives gathered at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Invest in Africa Mining Indaba, Sonke Gender Justice with support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation protested in front of the Cecil Rhodes statue in the Company Gardens, Cape Town.

The aim was to tell a different, fuller story of history and call on the gold mining industry to acknowledge their role in the epidemic of silicosis, an incurable lung disease resulting from the inhalation of toxic silica dust.