1. TWENTY years after the hell of Apartheid, 34 miners were gunned down by the South African police force, bringing into question the qualities of the newfound democracy under the ANC.

    After 1994, South Africa was a symbol of hope but today the country shows signs of despair. The massacre shines a light on the insidious history of mining.

    Despite the many fruits of freedom, unemployment, poverty and inequality have grown to unsustainably higher levels – making South Africa the most unequal society on earth. In scenes reminiscent of the 1980s, the townships and workplaces are all up in arms clamouring for decent public services and living wages.

    In the documentary we meet A FATHER who lost his son, a WIDOW with no money to feed her family, and a MINER as they grapple with the ramifications of the tragic atrocity and go on their own personal journeys in search of answers.

    MINING FOR POWER explores these issues by interweaving these personal accounts into an investigation that unpacks the connection between the lucrative business of mining and the powers that rule the country. Questioning how much ordinary South Africans, since the formal end of Apartheid, have really benefited from democracy.

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  2. This a corporate that I recently shot for Transnet. The aerials and drone shots - special mention and credit go to Kobus Zeitsman. Thanks go equally to Oupa Ramaila, my camera assistant - Brett Annolik, the Editor, Donna Sibande, the Director and Kirsty Galliard the line Producer from Five Star Media. The production House - Bardill Entertainment headed by Mandisa Bardill.

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  3. This is an offline edit for content approval. It has been generated from ungraded, unmixed proxy footage and does not contain final stock or graphics. This will all, obviously, be rectified in the online edit and audio mix.

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  4. In South Africa, the Autumn of 1994, the African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela came to power. This, we believed, would signify an end to racism and oppression, and our people would prosper. But today inequality and economic disempowerment are still rife. The corruption and power grabbing at all levels of society impacts not only on the moral fabric of our society but, more importantly, on the working class poor.

    The massacre of 34 striking mineworkers at a mine called Marikana brought these issues into sharp focus. Now, in an area called Mokopane in South Africa’s Limpopo province, tensions between the community and the mining companies, and communities and their traditional leaders, seem set to explode, with equally dire consequences. Black Lives Matter explores how the mineral wealth, rightfully belonging to the people of South Africa, has been sold to capitalist interests for the enrichment of a few elite and at the expense of the country – and how traditional communities have been divided in this process.

    This film takes us on a journey through three rural communities – the Mogales, the Kekanas, and the Mapelas. What they have in common is that the richest platinum bearing reef in the world runs underneath their land – and that international mining companies have made dubious deals with traditional leaders whose very legitimacy is questioned by the communities they supposedly serve.

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  5. A video tribute to 2016 Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inductee, Robert Friedland.

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Profile of Joseph Oesi

Born in the Kwa-Zulu-Natal (Marianhill), the picturesque part of KzwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, Joseph Oesi is an award winning and veteran South African news journalist whose work on the African continent has appeared…

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Profile of Joseph Oesi

Born in the Kwa-Zulu-Natal (Marianhill), the picturesque part of KzwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, Joseph Oesi is an award winning and veteran South African news journalist whose work on the African continent has appeared across the world especially in Europe and North America. He was educated in prestigious secondary and tertiary institutions in South Africa (St John’s), France (University of Paris III, La Sorbonne Nouvelle and Grand Ecole: Institute des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique IDECH, Bry-Sur-Mane, Paris) and Australia (Australian Film & TV School, Sydney) where he received a BA degree in Journalism and French Literature and a video editing and camera diploma.
Although he is essentially a journalist by trade, Oesi chose at a very early stage to focus on his first passion – namely telling stories through televisual/multi-media devices. Accordingly, the bulk of his published work is narrated through the video camera in the form of films and documentaries. He particularly likes TV documentaries. In a career spanning three decades, he has produced documentaries in French and English language on African sports and politics for major TV networks including etv, South Africa’s privately owned television; the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcaster; CNN; CBS; Reuters; WTN; APTN; BBC and Thames TV.
A few years ago, he founded Hambrook Communications, a communications firm, to assist a variety of clients to tell their stories especially through the television medium. He also trades as Hambrook Communications.
He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, UK, and is married with three children.
Services offered by Hambrook Communications
- Shooting for clients on HD video
- Capabilities to feed video material internationally
- Field and studio production
- Production and editing of TV news and current affairs
- Production of news and sports documentaries
- TV commercials
- News and current affairs
- Radio and TV live broadcasts
- Research and production

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