“Mining may contribute to disability levels”

The mining industry could play a role in the high levels of disability in the Free State, Northern Cape, North West, and Eastern Cape, statistician general Pali Lehohla said on Tuesday. “In fact it is these provinces, Free State, Northern Cape, and North West that dominate in terms of disability,” Lehohla said, presenting Statistics SA’s ‘Profile of persons with disabilities in South Africa report’ in Pretoria. “We will not know what is happening in Lesotho and Mozambique in terms of disability, but there is a storyline being built around disability in relation to the mining industry and sending areas,” he said. Earlier, Lehohla said 7.5 percent of South Africa’s population, representing 2.9 million people, reported having a disability. The findings were based on data from the 2011 census.


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