The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in Mogalakwena is deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place early this week at an Ivanplats owned mine in Mokopane, which has rocked our entire community.
As we keep those families in our thoughts, we are also concerned for this entire community who solely depend on Ivanplats’ Platreef Project to keep food on the table and care for their children.
Since the beginning of the year, we have several times seen the mineworkers and the people of Mogalakwena marching on Ivanplats as there are on-going problems, mainly around unfair retrenchments.
Another of our concerns is the community’s feeling that the company retrenches locals, yet it continues to employ outsiders. There are lingering allegations that mining on that site is illegal and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy must give definitive leadership on that score.
The UDM in Mogalakwena therefore appeals to Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy to promptly step in to resolve the various conflicts regarding mining in the area to avoid an escalation in community unhappiness, as well as the related acts of civil disobedience that ordinarily follows. This has been going on long enough.
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Mr Pholotsi Samuel Mahlabela
UDM Chairperson of Mogalakwena Municipality