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The same was not true of those who lived and worked near the pits, and were exposed to dangerous cocktails of dust and chemicals.'Toxic sand'The company responsible for the slag heap built a storage pool to allow contaminated water to evaporate in an effort to protect the neighboring homes from pollution.Several other areas in Soweto, which is home to more than a million and a half people, have also fallen foul of Johannesburg's mining legacy.Twenty kilometers east in Riverlea Extension 1 is a community of 2,500 people including Rose Plaatjies whose home is surrounded by three mine dumps.Niel Pretorius, the chief executive of miner DRD Gold which owns several mine dumps, has previously said on social media that he "will remain skeptical about these claims" until he sees medical evidence.His company nonetheless paid for plants to be grown on the face of 300 hectares worth of mine dumps in an effort to reduce the exposure of dust to the wind.
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