Mr. Sagati

Mr. Sagati

Mr. Sagati lives in an infor­mal set­tle­ment out­side of Car­letonville, South Africa. He has two chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren, all of whom live in the infor­mal set­tle­ment as well. His wife, wed in the East­ern Cape, moved across the coun­try in order to sup­port her hus­band at the mine. Infected with HIV and diag­nosed with MDR-TB in 2008, he spent six months in the iso­la­tion ward of the min­ing hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.  When the mine insisted that he return to work, he explained that he was still too sick to return to phys­i­cal labor.  In return, he was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal and sent home.  He still cur­rently has MDR-TB but is not receiv­ing treat­ment because his fam­ily can­not gen­er­ate an income.  Despite his situation, Mr. Sagati enjoyed his time work­ing at the mine, a place he has known since 1976.