Mine-hosting communities in the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality converged at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on the 10 May 2018 to make inputs on the Mining Charter.
In attendance were a handful of: young people working in the local mines; local Municipal Councilors; local BEE companies; members of Bapo, Bafokeng and Bakgatla traditional communities.
The hearings lasted the whole day and 95% of the attendants rejected the Mining Charter on account that:
- No proper notice about the public hearings was given;
- The mining charter is a document crafted elsewhere by unknown persons, without and about them;
- The Charter is subject to MPRDA which itself was rejected by the communities during last year hearings on the latter Act amendment process;
- The Charter and the MPRDA promotes the controversial migrant mine labour system and ethnic divisions;
- Land ownership disputes should be resolved first before mining takes place;
- As land claimants and affected communities, negotiations and agreements about mining should be done with them and not with the chiefs;
- The Charter and the MPRDA are legal instruments used by mining companies, traditional chiefs and DMR to deprive people of their informal rights;
- Officials and political leadership are agents of white supremacy and white monopoly capital;
- There are competing rights and interests between mine-hosting communities and labour sending communities;
- The true definition and geographic location of labour sending communities cannot be determined and support to these unknown communities therefore unjustified.
Members complained about possible fraudulent acts in the legal department of the DMR where applications for prospecting rights were unscrupulously refused. In other instances appeals for the suspension of mining licenses ignored.
BLBA input on the Mining Charter blames the ANC in around 1992 for accepting advice by the World Bank to deprive local traditional communities and Local Municipalities of control over land and minerals, much to their chagrin.
BLBA requested the Department not to renew Impala Platinum Mine’s application to renew their expiring mining license, and to refuse them further mining developments at Luka village.
Municipal Councilors requested the DMR to scrap the Mining Communities’ Leadership Forum (MCLEF) which they found abused by the mines to escape compliance.
In their response Minister Mantashe and his Deputy Mr Oliphant ignored dealing with the above inputs. Mr Oliphant’s response was mainly appreciative of the 5% that sought procurement opportunities in the mines. His response suggested that the gathering amounted to a proper consultation on the Mining Charter.
Minister Mantashe’s short response on the other hand took a swipe at mine-hosting communities, suggesting that they were greedy not to share their mineral wealth with the whole nation.