The Platinum Belt – Exploring the Impact of Mining in South Africa

Curator: Ilan Godfrey

In 2016 and 2017, as part of our broader work on extractive sector transparency and accountability, OSF-SA commissioned photographer Ilan Godfrey to curate an exhibition about the ‘Platinum Belt’, a geographic region in South Africa that is rich in platinum deposits.

A selection of images from the original exhibition is included in our commemorative exhibition hosted in partnership with the Oxpeckers Center for Environmental Investigative Journalism and Publish What You Pay Coalition South Africa. The exhibition explores themes of dispossession, migrant labour and related social consequences, occupational health and safety hazards, and environmental degradation.

Community House is situated in Cape Town, and is a unique and historic site of living heritage, and has long been a space for community activism. In the 1980s It was the headquarters of anti-apartheid trade unions, and civic and social justice organisations. Post 1994, it houses several OSF-SA grantees, including independent media units.

Exhibition Location:

Community House
41 Salt River Road
Salt River
Cape Town
T: 021 447 7319
Hours: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 16h00

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