Reuters correspondent Ed Stoddard has taken a deep dive into the power politics of the politically connected elite that controls the revenues and opportunities that come with mining in rural areas and sees communities starting to test their strength. “A new power struggle is unfolding in South Africa’s old homelands between global mining giants, traditional …
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May 13 2016
About 300 members of the Mapela community in Limpopo marched to the tribal council office on Friday to present their grievances about a settlement agreement signed between Amplats and their chief, Kgoshi David Langa. Langa did not meet the marchers and representatives of the tribal council refused to accept the memorandum or to engage with …
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May 09 2016
The R175-mil lion “settlement ” signed between AngloAmerican Platinum (Amplats) and the Mapela traditional community of Limpopo is bound to explode. The so-called settlement agreement was signed behind closed doors and the traditional rural community has lost land it used for grazing and ploughing, as well as ancestral land.
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Apr 28 2016
ANGLO American Platinum (Amplats) trumpeted what it called a far-reaching R175m “settlement” between its operating company, Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited, and the Mapela host community in Limpopo last week. The fanfare was premature.
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Feb 05 2016
WHEN the Mapela community’s long fight with Anglo American Platinum turned violent in September, a new and still unoccupied old-age home donated by the company was one of the buildings that went up in flames. With it went the sympathy of many who might otherwise have cheered the Limpopo community’s effort to save a school …
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