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Sibanye StillwaterMail & Guardian reports that as the 10 year anniversary of the massacre that claimed the lives of 44 mineworkers, police officers and security guards in Marikana in August 2012 draws near, some widows of the tragedy are still waiting for houses promised to them in the aftermath.

As part of the reparations for those affected by the violence, Lonmin undertook to provide houses to the widows of those killed. But to date, eight out of the 44 widows have still not received the accommodation, with mining company Sibanye-Stillwater – which assumed the responsibility after buying Lonmin in 2019 – saying they are “under construction”. According to Sibanye’s Thabisile Phumo, out of the 44 houses promised, 16 were still outstanding when the company took over in 2019, but the balance has since been cut by half. Twenty-eight houses were built and handed over by a trust fund set up by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in 2016, Phumo indicated. She added: “We got involved because we were asked by the widows who were still on the waiting list.” The remaining eight houses are being built in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape, as well as Lesotho. Phumo said the far-flung locations, selected by the widows, were one of the reasons for the delayed construction, in addition to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for consultation. In some areas such as Mpumalanga, Sibanye has had to get municipal approval to build the houses. Phumo said she expected the houses to be completed by the end of 2022, but could not provide a definite date.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Anathi Madubela at Mail & Guardian (subscriber access only)

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