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24 Aug 2015

Business Day (So. Africa)

So. Africa: Community seeks court order to halt operations of mining company it claims is adversely impacting livelihoods

'Urgent application launched to stop mining activities in North West', 24 Aug 2015: Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has launched an urgent High Court application to have Pilanesberg Platinum Mines…halt all mining activities…The Lesetlheng Village Community‚ represented by LHR‚ is seeking full possession‚ occupation and use of…Wilgespruit farm…[and has called for] the mine [to] stop…threatening‚ harassing or intimidating community members. According to LHR‚ the community has…farmed on Wilgespruit for more than 100 years…[and] has sunk several boreholes and built small dams and piped water. LHR asserts that the Pilanesberg Mine has…[pursued] mining activities on the land without agreement from the community…[and has] dispossess[ed]…them of their land…restricting access to water and…making any farming activity impossible… "The farm is a major source of income and livelihood for the community and these efforts to restrict their movement and ownership of the land flies in the face of SA’s constitutional obligations…" LHR’s…Louise du Plessis‚ said…