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Title:Rustenburg's fractured recruitment regime: who benefits?
Author:Forrest, KallyISNI
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:migrant workers
labour recruitment
platinum mining
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2014.924690
Abstract:Commentary following the strike and massacre of mineworkers at Marikana in 2012 asserted that the migrant labour system on the Rustenburg platinum fields is still intact. But is this the case? An examination of the migrant labour recruitment regime in South Africa in general, and on the Rustenburg platinum mines specifically, reveals a substantial reduction in migrant labour and a fracturing of the colonial and apartheid recruitment regime. However, new forms of recruitment, especially through labour contractors, combined with old patterns perpetuate super exploitation which is made worse by the precarity and job insecurity that labour broking introduces. In examining the above, this article demonstrates how transformative legislation has rebounded to reinforce the remnants of the migrant labour system and the apartheid workplace regime whilst wilful confusion concerning the definition of local versus migrant has further undermined government's transformation efforts. The article concludes that while mining capital has in the main benefited from the disrupted migrant labour recruitment system the repercussions for labour have been mixed. In consequence trade unions, capital and the state will need to engage in order to build a just solution. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]