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Orkney - Never and never again shall we allow our mine to be stopped...

These are the first words of a pledge inscribed on a billboard perched at the main entrance to AngloGold Ashanti’s Kopanang mine near Orkney in North West. The pledge goes on to mention safety assurances.

When the company, which is the third-biggest gold producer in the world, announced that it would be shutting down its 4 000-worker-strong Kopanang mine in the Matlosana municipality, fear swept through the few communities that depend heavily on the mine. When one pays a visit to the mine, the irony of the pledge kicks in.

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