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Ga – Mashabela Village

Ga – Mashabela Village

  • Author: Ilan_Pomegranite
  • Date Posted: Nov 8, 2017
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For Humphrey, and others like him from Ga-Mashabela and the surrounding Sekhukhune region, the question is always the same – why doesn’t the community benefit from the mines that operate here? Of the many issues facing communities directly affected by mining, one that leads most discussion is employment. In this regard, Humphrey’s suspicions of unscrupulous wrongdoing on the part of the mines are not unfounded. Previously employed as a senior officer in the tribal kraal, Humphrey has had access to various documents supporting his claims. He points to a stack of papers. “You see this file here – it is the Social and Labour Plan for the mine, giving them license to mine. No one is monitoring this document. Most communities don’t even have access to it. We got this copy through an NGO – even after Anglo Platinum had warned the NGO not to share it with the community.” Humphrey is outraged that the terms of the agreement remain unfilled, and that the people who are directly affected by the mines continue to be sidelined, unconsidered and uncared for. “How can you write something about us and not for us, how can you do that?”

Humphrey Mokwala, Community Leader, Ga-Mashabela Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Humphrey Mokwala, Community Leader, Ga-Mashabela Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Youth playing football, Ga – Mashabela Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Youth playing football, Ga – Mashabela Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

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