Tunatazama - Community Monitors

Klerksdorp is slowly turning into a ghost town

Community Alerts/ Tshepo Mmusi-Klerksdorp-North West/ 22 October 2016


Klerksdorp is slowly turning into a ghost town because of mining companies leaving the area. This leaves the communities in a situation of fending for themselves.  The pressing problem facing the communities is unemployment, especially amongst youth. Companies encourage self employment and at times make promises on local investment but in Jouberton is a sad story all together. A youth group has come together and initiated having a youth  centre for performance of arts and other projects of empowerment. They have identified an old municipal building which was a guest house and now the building was thugs den for criminal activities. So they volunteered to clean up the building and acquired lease with the authorities, but  now they struggle to get funding in order to get things going. Companies such as Anglo gold ashanti should invest in such initiatives not to build swimming pools which does not empower our  people. Youth leadership is still battling with Anglo gold to buy in to the concept.