Community structures disappointed with Kromdraai Mine

Some community structures protested at Kromdraai Mine and raised some issues and later handed over a memorandum to the mine management.

The structures protested on Tuesday, August 15; the parties agreed to meet again on Wednesday, August 23 to deliberate on the raised issues.

Some of the issues raised by the structures were: Demanding the employment of 200 people with immediate effect. They want the mine to adopt 20 companies from them and offer them business opportunities. They wanted the mine to employ six liaising officers with immediate effect as well. They also demanded that rehabilitation must be done by the locals and that the memorandum addresses all Anglo operations.

In response, the management of the mine, an Anglo American operation in eMalahleni, said that they were disappointed by the continued disruptions at its Kromdraai opencast section. The mine further said that structures has been blockading the road and threatening employees at Kromdraai, but believed that they can achieve more if they work together with community structures.

Community structure members demonstrating outside the Kromdraai Mine while waiting for feed back from the mine management on Wednesday, August 23.

A member of the community structure said they were disappointed by the conduct of the mine management and their attitudes towards them.

“We were made to wait from 10:00 until about 14:00 when the mine management arrived. They set the time but they failed to keep it and that does not show any respect to us. They came in a convoy escorted by police as if they were going to meet with violent people. Now they have security companies at the mine and I suppose they are paying a lot of money for that. We can see that we are not taken seriously and that says a lot about the mine.”

The member further said that the mine should be thinking about funding sustainable community projects not handing over of school bags and blankets to the community. He also said that at no stage did they stop or disrupt any movement or operations at the mine.

Mr Moeketsi Mofokeng of Anglo said they have agreed to hold further discussions with the community structure in the near future and the date is yet to be finalised.


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