Between 30 Nov and 2 Dec 2020, we’re excited to be hosting a special preview of the documentary Jozi Gold. We are hosting this film as a counter-narrative to the ‘Mines & Money’ conference, which will be running on the same dates raising millions in investment for new mining projects.
The Mines and Money Conference is the number one international event for capital-raising and mining investment. It brings together miners, financiers and industry professionals and generates billions of dollars in new business, deals and opportunities. It is where investors, prospectors and developers come together to network, hear market analysis, compare investment opportunities, share knowledge, discuss, debate and most importantly do business.
But what does this mean for communities and mine workers?
London Mining Network would like to invite you to witness a different story to the one the Mines and Money Conference is telling. We a thrilled to be able to announce a special preview screening of Jozi Gold, a story of wealth, greed and poisonous mountains from South Africa. The mines of Johannesburg, or Jozi, have produced a third of all the gold mined in human history. Now the mines are falling apart and the city confronts an environmental nightmare: tons of radioactive waste polluting the air and turning water into poisonous Acid Mine Drainage. Former Jehovah’s Witness Mariette is on a mission to uncover the truth about Jozi’s mine waste and force the gold industry to take responsibility.
Directed by Sylvia Vollenhoven and Frederik Gerrten, this film is a local story with global implications and demonstrates what can be done when ordinary citizens take action. The film follows Mariette Liefferrink, a former Jehovah’s Witness with no formal education who with great determination and skill takes on the big mining corporations and calls them to account for the toxic legacies they have left the people of Johannesburg with.
“Telling Mariette’s story will inspire people everywhere into understanding that one ordinary person can make an extraordinary difference.” Sylvia Vollenhoven, Director