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1 Nov 2016

Zoë Mahopo, Sowetan (So. Africa)

Residents rue relocation - Mining giant is blamed

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Village residents gave up their ancestral homes to make way for major mining operations, but now, 14 years after their relocation, live in houses built on land they do not own... [A] recent report by...Bench Marks Foundation...draws a bleak picture of how life turned miserable for the community of Magobading near Burgersfort in Limpopo after they were moved to make way for Anglo Platinum mining operations... The report stated that the community lost adequate water access, and their arable and grazing land, in exchange for poor compensation while their livelihoods were negatively impacted on... Other key findings were that the company had no regard for the community’s heritage and that there was no evidence of an environmental impact assessment. William Mahlaokoana, 33, a resident of Magobading, said life was never the same after his family was moved. “We expected a better life but nothing good has come out of the relocation.”... Another resident, Ronny Tshehlakgolo, said families were struggling to survive because they cannot plough or keep livestock like before.