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Mantjakane Village

Mantjakane Village

  • Author: Ilan_Pomegranite
  • Date Posted: Nov 8, 2017
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Masekgaole inherited vast swaths of land from his father, yet all of it has been lost to a nearby platinum mine. Without waiting for a response or allowing for any form of negotiation, Masekgaole was offered R10 000 to permit a ventilation shaft to be built on his property – directly affecting his livelihood and immediately restricting him from cultivating the farmland he once owned. Now retired, he lives with his wife Malekgale in a small homestead riddled with cracks caused by mining explosions, and suffused with the smell of pollutants emanating from the ventilation shaft nearby. “This ventilation shaft is very close to us, immediately after a blast, the smell comes over to us – that smell, we don’t know how dangerous it is to our lives. No one is trying to monitor our lives…”

Masekgaole Ephraim Mphethi, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Masekgaole Ephraim Mphethi, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Cattle bones, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Cattle bones, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Masekgaole Ephraim Mphethi is seeing many of his cattle dying off for no obvious reason. He believes polluted water from the mine may be to blame.

Malekgale Agness Mphethi, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Malekgale Agness Mphethi, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Malemane Herry Tsau inspects the cracks to his home, caused from explosives being detonated at a nearby platinum mine. Malemane and his son Peter have approached the mine on several occasions to voice their grievances, to no avail. Offers of employment as a form of compensation are commonly promised; like many others, Malemane and Peter are still waiting. This delay tactic continues to entrench divisions between the mine and the people that share the land.

House cracks, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

House cracks, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Home made bricks, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Home made bricks, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Youth without employment, Maphanga Supermarket, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Youth without employment, Maphanga Supermarket, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Board games, Maphanga Supermarket, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Board games, Maphanga Supermarket, Mantjakane Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

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