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protestSowetanLive reports that residents of Phosa and Ogies in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, stopped operations at one of Glencore's mines after accusing it of reneging on a promise to offer them employment opportunities.  

About 500 community members prevented vehicles from entering the Goedgevonden mine on Wednesday and demanded to engage with the mine's management over the promises made to them.  According to resident Given Yika, mines in the area had agreed to employ residents from Ogies and the neighbouring township of Phola.  Residents from both areas have been marching to Anglo American's Zibulo Colliery and Klipspruit Colliery since Monday.  "These mines promised that 30% of their staff complement will consist of residents from our areas.  They promised that residents would be included in inclusive procurement and skills development, and that they will improve infrastructure in these areas," Yika claimed.  Another resident, Sibusiso Ntuli, said he was angered by the mine's refusal to engage with them and commented:  "I've been living in Phola all my life and I've been seeking employment at these mines since I was eligible to work but I'm still unemployed.”  Agripa Skhosana, chairperson of the eMalahleni Joint Structure (EJS), which represents eight townships that have been in talks with the five mining houses, said the community's anger was understandable.

  • Read the full original of Tankiso Makhetha’s report on the above story at SowetanLive

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