Group protesting outside Inyanda Mine

A group of people calling themselves Klarinet Unemployed Forum and Klarinet on the Rise Vision 2020 protested outside the Inyanda Mine just past Klarinet.

The group in memorandum to be handed to the mine management said that as united structures of Klarinet who are full time participating in the Klarinet community are seeking for attention of the company.


A group of people calling themselves Klarinet Unemployed Forum and Klarinet on the Rise Vision 2020 protested outside the Inyanda Mine recently.

“The members of the united structures are responsible for assisting the community of gathering information and forwarding reports to the community at large. We are committed and organise successfully to meet deadlines; our close attention to details has resulted in meticulous and accurate work. Our communication skills have allowed us to develop good working relationships with the community and all the private sectors around our ward,” reads part of the memorandum

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The group further said that they want the removal of the current community liaison officer (CLO), they also say that it has come to their attention that the CLO has on a number of times been claiming coal from the company yet it has never reached the rightful beneficiaries who on this regard are the community members of Klarinet.

It was further noted by the group that their brothers and sisters who are seeking employment are compelled to pay R1000 before being hired. They also said that those already working on the site are threatened to be chased outside of the gate if they do not do as they are told by the CLO.

The group also said they want to know about the CSI funding plan, training opportunities in the company as well as business opportunities, job opportunities, rehabilitation funding for one of the site of the mine in Leupoort and a report on the pending project that were left by Exxaro.

“We are in the base of the community that is affected by problems of unemployment, lack of business opportunities, lack of skills, drug abuse and crime. We want to use this opportunity so that we can at the least be the voice of our youth who are stuck and yet have ambitions of achieving a better life, not only for themselves but for their families as well,” added the memorandum.


Members of Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET SA) who said they were acting on behalf of the mine outside Inyanda Mine.

The group also claimed that the ward councillor of Klarinet was aware of the matter.

The group were met at the gate by members of Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET SA) who said they were acting on behalf of the mine and said that they were concerned about the group.

“They came here at about 04:00 in the morning and closed the gate and wanted to chase the workers at the mine. They do not represent any structures as they claim but they are members of EFF and they are violent.

The group said they want to get a date with the company for a formal meeting and reach agreements as well.

The police were on standby to monitor the situation and later they escorted the groups to hand over the memorandum to the mine management.

  AUTHOR
Solly Maseko
JOURNALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER

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