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Morapaneng Village

Morapaneng Village

  • Author: Ilan_Pomegranite
  • Date Posted: Nov 8, 2017
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Aloe Castanea – known as “Sekgopa” by locals – is used in traditional medicine for various ailments. It grows on the hills and rocky outcrops of the Sekhukhune region of Limpopo Province. Over the years, Humphrey Mokwala of the neighbouring Ga-Mashabela Village has seen a noticeable change in the region’s flora and fauna. “Since the mines came here, I can tell you there are certain trees on our ploughing field that have changed in structure, and are now brownish in colour. This may be a result of climate change, which is influenced by the mine. Chemicals from the smelter or refinery as well as underground operations may be affecting our trees. This has a negative impact on our livelihood as certain trees are utilised for medicinal purposes within our community. I haven’t seen our government taking the climate change programme to the communities – why can’t they do that? People of this area don’t know about climate change at all.”

Aloe Castanea, Morapaneng Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

Aloe Castanea, Morapaneng Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb

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