In 2015 when de hoop dam was launched the villages in Sekhukhune were happy not knowing that the dam was not made to supply them. De hoop dam is the biggest dam in our region that is supplying the mines in our area. Despite the pollution that mines do in our rivers they fail just to give the poor communities clean water. The purpose of the dam is to enable extraction of rich minerals deposit in the eastern Limpopo. When I spoke to some of the people who stays in the near by villages it’s a shame because they think that the government don’t care about communities, “the mines destroy our heritage and rivers and they also don’t even want to supply us with this water it is useless to have this dams because does not benefit us.” The communities are left in this frustration. This happened also in the Lebalelo water supply that is supplying water in the mines such as Twickenham, Marula and many more in Burgersfort area but when communities ask the mines to supply them with the water the mines don’t want to do that and say they will drill borehole for communities.
Story by Mmathapelo Thobejane