Dominique Mayden, Oakes 2017
For my main project I completed a digital storytelling project on low-income black communities, in the rural areas of South Africa. The low-income communities of Johannesburg called townships, in South Africa, are increasingly being affected with pollution from mining corporations, with a particular emphasis on coal mining. Health deterioration is becoming more prevalent in these communities, due to: soil, air and water pollution. The communities have suffered from a loss of agriculture and ecosystem services, as well as direct negative impacts to their heritage and culture. This kind of environmental racism has been predominant in black communities all over South Africa since the South African diamond discoveries of 1870. Since then environmental inequality and racism has become even more prevalent during the apartheid system of 1948 – 1994, and there after government protection and intervention has been minimal.