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Smelly and dusty community of Ga-Makgopa village

Community alerts/ Katlego Malesa/ Ga-Makgopa/09/08/2018/14:03] Katlego Ga Makgopa:

The community of Ga-Makgopa village under Fetakgomo Tubatse municipality in Sekhukhune is living in strain because of the smelly dust that smells like savage that is caused by blasting of an open cast chrome mine of Sefateng which is located at the Makgopa Mountain dividing Ga- Makgopa and Sefateng, mine is being operating for almost three years now.

The community is facing a lot of difficulties when blasting takes place, people’s lives are in danger, their house hold, clothes and livestock. most of community member facing challenges of not being able to breathe properly are especially those with asthma and sinus those are the most challenged. The smell is so bad that no human being can manage to live in such smell for as long as the operation is still taking place.

Living under these circumstances is very bad and disturbing, people’s houses are always not clean because of the dust and the noise of the blasting, they even wonder when and what will happen to them in 10 years to come. The community is wondering what the department of minerals is doing about it since they are the ones who issued their mining licences and also witnessing these problems, and also the traditional authority is doing nothing about it.

Story by : Katlego Malesa