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Migrant Hostel for 30,000 miners working away from their families, Lonmin Platinum Mines, South Africa

Date 2000
Location Rustenburg South Africa
Dimensions Image: 12 x 17 7/8 in. (30.5 x 45.4 cm)
Paper: 15 15/16 x 19 7/8 in. (40.5 x 50.5 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Miners, Migrant Hostel, South Africa, 2000. Some of the 30,000 migrant miners who live in a hostel at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg in South Africa. They share their rooms with up to twelve other men. A recent survey done by the mine found that 25 percent of its workforce is HIV-positive. Many of the men come from neighboring countries or live so far away that they are able to return to their families for only two weeks a year.

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Gift of Gideon Mendel, 2006

Feedback Accession No. 2006.42.3