Communities to benefit from mines – Supra Mahumapelo

2014-06-28 09:14

North West mining communities will benefit from the mines in their areas, Premier Supra Mahumapelo has said.

He said yesterday that the provincial government would set up a mining charter committee.

It would be tasked with expanding the benefits of mining and strengthening cooperation between the government, communities and the industry.

It would also look into legal issues around mining in the province, procurement and the relationship between communities and mining houses.

The committee was part of a radical approach for socioeconomic transformation.

“As part of our contribution to development in the mining areas, we have set aside R462m for housing projects in the Bojanala District in the Rustenburg municipality, specifically in Marikana,” Mahumapelo said.

He said that through a partnership with Lonmin, 2 000 housing units would be built as part of the Marikana Extension Two integrated development project over three years.

On August 2012, workers at the mine went on strike demanding a salary of R12 500.

Platinum miners once again downed tools on January 23 this year, demanding the same salary.

The five-month strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union members at Impala Platinum, Lonmin, and Anglo American Platinum has crippled the economy.

Mahumapelo’s proposed mining charter committee is likely to be welcomed by communities in mining areas, who have long complained of a lack of infrastructure development and royalties.

In 2008, then North West premier Edna Molewa set up a commission to look into the royalties of the Rankotea community in Brits, North West. The commission concluded its report in late 2013.

It was found that millions belonging to the community were misused.

The commission of inquiry, into management of royalties and income derived from mining vanadium at Evraz Vametco mine in Rankotea found evidence that community funds had not been audited since 2002.

Funds were allegedly used for projects that were not approved by the community. The commission also found that no information was disclosed over the years regarding projects funded from the development fund by its executive committee.

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