protestNetwerk24 reports that on Thursday members of a community forum in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district blockaded the Kathu and Deben T-junction that leads to the Black Rock mine with rocks and tree stumps.  

They wanted to prevent workers from the mine from passing through and motorists had to stop and indicate where they were travelling to.  According to Olebogeng Leseiwane, leader of the Concerned Community Group (CCG), which is a forum for the unemployed community, the disruption was because the mines around Kuruman have not carried out their social and labour plans and charter obligations.  The mines deny this.  Leseiwane claims that according to the plan and charter, 70% of the people taken into employment must be locals and local businesses must be supported.  He alleges it is the Black Rock mine that causes most of the problems.  The mine’s Pierre Becker said they meet requirements and have provided data to the CCG in writing.  A further meeting is due to be held with the CCG on Monday. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)


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