David Goldblatt
Ben Thorpe, 64 year old former asbestos miner, taking oxygen to relieve lack of breath caused by mesothelioma, Kuruman, Northern Cape. 21 December 2002

When he complained to the mine captain about asbestos dust in the mine, Thorpe was told, ‘Production, production, production – or take your jacket and go!’ Thorpe said, ‘They never thought about the safety of the workers. But they knew what the dust could do’.

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