For the women of Morapaneng Home Community Based Care, their lives centre on identifying those that are sick, frail and in need of medical treatment. Building relationships with the local clinic, they write referral letters, prescribe medicine, and encourage community members to be tested for high blood pressure, diabetes and HIV/Aids.
Naughty finds that there are some who live a secret life. HIV/Aids is frowned upon, and sufferers are viewed with fear and suspicion in the staunch traditional communities that remain the backbone of those living in the villages of the Sekhukhune Region. Myths about the disease proliferate. The sense of shame is inescapable and many retreat into denial or deception. She says women are particularly at risk. “Men who arrive to work on the mine, they have a lot of money and women are struggling; there is no work, we are unemployed, and so we sleep with these men who in return give us financial security.” Without knowledge and understanding of the risks involved many women contract sexually transmitted diseases, fall pregnant, and on closure of the mine, are left with fatherless children and diseases they know very little about.
Nurse Magdeline Modibane, who heads up the Ga-Mashabela Clinic, says the situation isn’t getting any better. “I started working here in 2010. HIV/Aids was scarce, but since then I have seen a steady increase. Women accommodate men who work on the mines, who promise to provide for their family in return for sex.” For Nurse Magdeline and Naughty the challenge now is to raise funds in the hope that they can distribute information and develop workshops, raising awareness of the risks women continue to face in this predatory landscape.
Naughty Thobejane, 49, lives in Ditwebeleng (Working areas include Ditwebeleng)
Mathabatha Lillian, 37, lives in Morapaneng (Working areas include Modimole and Ditwebeleng)
Moeketsi Mining Accommodation, Ditwebeleng Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb
Cattle are herded across the now dry Motse River, Ditwebeleng, Limpopo, Eastern Limb
Much needed rain floods the low-lying land that surrounds the power lines supplying electricity to Anglo Platinum’s Hackney and Twickenham Shaft. The strategically positioned cables and adjacent tar road cut through the Merensky and UG2 Reef outcrop, hampering farming activities in the area.
Twickenham Platinum Mine is established on the Twickenham, Paschaskraal and Hackney farms on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex in the Northern Province. At current planned production rates, the mine’s resource base is sufficient to sustain production for more than 30 years. “At full production some 2200 people will be employed on the mine,” read a statement announcing the establishment of the mine on 6 September 2001. “Apart from the direct benefits that will flow from this employment… the mine will create opportunities for other economic and small business development in the area.”
Power cables, Modimolle Village, Limpopo, Eastern Limb