Randy Miller Inspiration Mining - The conditions at the DeBeers diamond mines are like hell on earth and still operate under apartheid conditions… Black married workers are not allowed to live together, unless they are a servant. The workers live in shanty towns, often infested with rats.
If a black miner dies, his body is not allowed to leave the premises due to the fear of smuggling diamonds.
The way diamond mining works, first, a large swath of land is cleared out.
Then industrial vacuum cleaners a used to suck up the rocks and diamonds that have been deposited into the crevices.
After the vacuum, workers then scour the rocks with wire brushes and picks to sort the large diamonds.
It has been recorded that workers are often denied water and food under the African heat that often goes over 100 degrees.
These are verified slave conditions that still are in operation today. Just wanted to provide some food for thought next time you see a diamond. Its important to know where it came from and how it got there. For more information regarding mining practices, please visit http://randymillerinspirationmining.weebly.com/
Randy Miller gave an interview about operations at Inspiration Mining and his thoughts on gold fever that often overtake the crews working at these mines.
"One thing you have to understand… the guys that work at these mines are usually pretty rough around the edges. Most parking lots are filled up with Harleys and pick up trucks. It is one of the few industries where you don’t need a high school or college degree and you can make over $200K a year. Put that kind of money in the hands of these rough necks and you are going to see some pretty strange things happen."
There is a real shortage of mine workers in Canada and Australia right now. The Mining Research firm Mckinsey & Co. puts the shortfall of workers at approximately 60,000 new miners needed to continue current operations. Because of the mining explosion in Peru, approximately 90,000 new mining jobs have been created.
The mining locations are usually in desolate areas. Living conditions range from high desert to tropical climates. Several major mining operators are building gyms, recreational centers, sports parks and other facilities to improve living conditions and attract workers. Some companies are going so far as to cover air fares so workers can fly home once a month.
Higher salaries also reflect the higher expenses associated with living in desolate locations.
Australia has even invented a term for the nouveau rich, referring to them as Bogans. A cashed up bogan refers to someone with little education making several hundred thousand a year. Several politicians in Australia and Canada have expressed concern about an under educated class having that type of spending power and the sociopolitical consequences associated with the income.
There is a serious degree of danger associated with the occupation, and usually medical services are hundreds of miles away. Mining uses heavy equipment and explosives. Work related deaths and injuries are reported on a daily basis.
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