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South Africa: Residents of Siyathemba Vow to Shut Down Local Mine
southern africa | community struggles | non-anarchist press Thursday February 11, 2010 03:10 by Anti-Privatisation Forum - APF
Press Alert Sunday 7th February 2010
After a mass meeting in the Siyathemba stadium earlier today (with the assistance of APF organisers), residents of the community – grouped together in an organisation called Dipaleseng – have decided to march on, and shut down, the local Benstone Mine early tomorrow (Monday).
RESIDENTS OF SIYATHEMBA IN BALFOUR (MPUMALANGA)VOW TO SHUT DOWN LOCAL BENSTONE MINE TOMORROW MORNING
RESIDENTS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE MINE’S FAILURE TO ABIDE BY AGREEMENT WITH COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE A TRAINING CENTRE, INVEST IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENSURE EMPLOYMENT OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.
When the mine began operations five years ago it received permission from the community on the basis of an agreement that the mine would build and operate a skills training centre for community residents, ensure that at least 50% of its workforce was from the community and invest in local development initiatives. Despite repeated attempts to engage the mine management, including the delivering of a memo in July last year which outlined the initial agreement, the mine has failed to deliver on any aspect of the agreement.
As if the constant problems with service delivery by local government have not been enough for the residents of Siyathemba, they are now sick and tired of the mine continuing to take advantage of their community and benefit from the mineral wealth of their land.
The residents have vowed to shut down the mine until such time as the mine management agrees to sit down and engage in serious discussions to implement the initial agreement with the community. They will hold a night vigil before marching to the mine early tomorrow morning.
FOR FURTHER COMMENT AND INFORMATION CONTACT DIPALESENG SPOKESPERSON, ZAKHELE ON 083 513-2420
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