Communities tired of neglect in mining decisions
Mining communities say they are frustrated with being sidelined by mining companies and government when it comes to decisions that affect them.
At the mining lekgotla in Midrand, Joburg, on Wednesday, Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) held a march and handed over a memorandum of demands to Vusi Mabena of the Chamber of Mines.
Community members from mining communities held signs that read: “You profit from our suffering”, “Nothing about us, without us” and “Scrap the Minerals Act”.
The memorandum said: “Communities have been systematically excluded from the adoption of the Mining Charter, the development of policy and development and passing of legislation, in which only the interests of business, government and labour have been addressed.”
A Macua leader, Meshack Mbangula, said the organisation was formed in 2012 by communities who were tired of bearing the effects of mining, particularly on health.
“When mining licences are being issued, the communities are not properly consulted,” he said.
He also said when mines closed down, the mining companies did not rehabilitate communities.
After receiving the memorandum, Mabena said he would organise a meeting with Macua. He said Macua was invited to the lekgotla, but had refused the invitation. Mbangula said it refused because it was only offered 10 minutes to make a presentation.