Community Alerts/ Gilbert Moela/Limpopo/30 May 2017

Many households around Sekhukhune District, Tubatse – Fetakgomo local municipality are facing a month without their only means of survival. The “illegal” mining that was helping put food on the table has been dealt a hush blow by the law enforcers. Police raided several machinery used to dig out chrome leaving the community stranded and hopeless. Most villagers are complaining about the treatment they are getting from the government and its departments. With mining as the main source of employment in Sekhukhune District everyone was depending on the “Illegal Chrome Mining” for survival. According to my source this will result mainly in community unrest causing road blockages if they don’t allow them to mine. The department of Minerals Resources is also refusing to issue communities with mining/prospecting rights. Again the government continues to fail the communities by flirting with the biggest mining companies. By Gilbert Moela