Name: Ronald mhlakaza. Place: Vosman
Municipality: Emalahleni. Province:Mpumalanga
Mines that are around the whole Kwaguqa area especially Vosman when they regularly blust to extract the coal all the dust after the blasting it’s moving towards the communities that are near the mine, this area of Emalahleni the air it’s being polluted by this mines and we breathing a polluted air as humans we have to breath regardless of the conditions that we live in we feel that we are not being protected by our Government.
This problems that we are facing as the community of Vosman the Schoongezight mine they oparate as normal they don’t see any problem in what they are doing.
Community of Kwaguqa and Vosman are more affected by this mine Air pollution that is happening on daily basis ,it’s very sad people are Emotionaly affected, mentally, health wise because they are forced to live under this conditions, and we have Schools near by the mine they blust during School hours.
We in heil the dust as you can see in the pictures all the dust goes straight to the community the houses turn to red or brown due to the dust , everything it’s dusty at Emalahleni remember it’s not only a dust and chemicals that they use to blust the dust goes straight to the classrooms while kids are in classrooms.
We address this issue by teaching the community to know that their rights have been Violated as activist we conduct awarenesses and workshops concerning Environment issues, it is very much important for the community to know that the health issues and Air pollution it’s coused by the mines that are around .
We are engaging with the municipality concerning this issues and to hold the mines accountable for all this pollution that they cost, something must be done to assist the affected people as we know polluters must pay not only pay but take responsibility as well .