Kennedy P

Thekwana, Rustenburg

29/10/2020

It is a confusing situation, where one cannot tell if some of the Sibanye operations are either ownerless or conditionally/partially closed or under care and maintenance or abandoned. By the look of eyes each and every day some of their buildings and destroyed and equipment are stolen and sold. In Klipdontein residential area that was used by the white mining officials then later given to African mining officials. The area is abandoned, houses have no windows, doors and frames, roofs are empty, geysers and bathroom equipment have been stolen. The area is dilapidated and it is a good place for illegal mining and criminal activities hideout and operational area. There is no mining security patrol or any activity to control and avoid illegal activities being done in the areas.

Doorstep mining communities have no clue of what is happening and are living in fear because they can see that they have inherited a massive crime, government, mine and traditional authority are silent about this. Despite this ignorance, most people are still living in old mud and corrugated iron houses. During a previous Community engagement forum meeting with Anglo American, communities were promised these residential areas and other structures to be used as community development centres whereby programmes such as Agriculture, Social Welfare, Education, Health and Training will be operated there.