Tunatazama - Community Monitors

Re-mining mine dumps in Brakpan

Community Alerts/Sabatini/EEO-Ekhuruleni/21 April 2017




Fraser Alexandra tailings dam in Brakpan Ekurhuleni is used for re-mining the minerals from mine dumps.  The tailing is supporting Ergo gold to re-mine the minerals. As we were monitoring, we observed that only black people do the hard cheap labour as per our interview with Mxolisi and Rendani; they mentioned that they work 2 weeks a month, 7 to 4 and they earn R800 a month.

The supply pipes go across the communities of Geluksdal, Langaville and brakpan. Sometimes the pipes burst and people inhale the toxins from the chemicals used for re-mining.