The rapidly encroaching Mogalakwena Platinum Mine has left an unpleasant taste in the mouth of the inhabitants of the once-thriving community of Ga-Chaba Village. Ga-Chaba is one of 42 traditional communities adjacent to mining activity in the Mapela region, and the Mashishi’s home is one of 500 other homes sitting precariously close to the mine’s operations – just 20m away from the relentless deluge of dust and fumes that blow in through their doors and windows.
Flower arrangement in the home of Mr Phillmon and Mrs Maria Mashishi, Ga-Chaba Village, Mapela, Limpopo, Northern Limb
Community members gather at a wedding celebration to watch Dinaka Traditional Dance’s entertain the bride and groom, Ga-Chaba Village, Mapela, Limpopo, Northern Limb
Makeshift pillars and support beams precariously hold together Cuthbert’s home. Mogalakwena Platinum Mine’s relentless mining activity that continues to encroach on his community has begun to inflict noticeable damage to the 500 homes of Ga-Chaba. Cracks riddle the foundations and walls, with very little that can be done to curb the ongoing explosive vibrations that ripple though the village.
Cuthbert Makgamatho, Ga-Chaba Village, Mapela, Limpopo, Northern Limb