Black Lives Matter explores how the mineral wealth, rightfully belonging to the people of South Africa, has been sold to foreign capitalist interests for the enrichment of a few individuals and at the expense of the country – and how communities have been torn apart. The story is told through a number of key characters who drive the narrative.

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United States
TV shows creator:
Joseph Oesi
Mining for Power

1. Mining for Power

In the new South Africa, power relations in and between government, corporations, trade unions, leadership and communities have remained virtually unchanged. This is illustrated by the story of Lonmin, the unions and the Marikana massacre; Lonmin's allies in the Bapo community; and the leadership dispute in the traditional house of Mogale.

Promises & Betrayals

2. Promises & Betrayals

In Mokopane in Limpopo province, a showdown between a mining company and local communities is looming. Part two explores how networks and agreements between the chiefs, local and provincial government and the mining companies are being constructed to serve the interests of the corporation - benefitting the ruling elite at the expense of the people.