Anglo Platinum response
In order to get permission, the mining company is required to assess the potential environmental impacts, engage with the community and consult with those affected by the proposed mining activities. The mine must prepare an environmental management plan, and a social and labour plan which must be approved by the regulator before mining can commence. In the case of Twickenham mine all of these requirements were undertaken and fulfilled to the satisfaction of the Government... The Makobakobe and Maotsi communities were approached by the company dating back in early 2000 and a period of consultation took place in which the relevant social and environmental issues were raised, and the requisite plans put in place, and compensation agreed. At no time was any community member made or forced to relocate as stated by Mr Malope. All the families agreed to move of their own volition.