Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
5 minute read
9 Dec 2021
5:12 am

How impoverished Kanana villagers are overlooked by Implats

Brian Sokutu

Despite being frustrated, KBF chair Sam Nong, said he has not yet thrown in the towel in the struggle to realise true local business empowerment.

BATTLE OF DAVID AND GOLIATH: Executive members of the Kanana Business Forum are (from the left) Mokete Moatshe, Sam Nong, Rapula Modibane and Tshepang Moatshe. Picture: Brian Sokutu

Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) owned 16 Shaft, may be a towering mining operation above the hills in the North West village of Kanana, but to the impoverished locals, it is synonymous with misery – not seen as the true pillar of empowerment, in line with stipulations of the Mining Charter. Spending a few minutes at the “the suppliers’ gate” with executive members of the Kanana Business Forum (KBF), next to Implat’s multi-billion-rand worth flagship shaft, provides you with insight on why KBF members are seething with anger, with opportunities lost right in front of their eyes. From engineering companies to...