Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
4 minute read
28 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Entrepreneur lays bare how black firms are short-changed by Implats mine

Brian Sokutu

Letlhogonolo Mogopodi says tenders are sometimes given by Implats to non specialists.

Photo for illustration: iStock

Letlhogonolo Mogopodi has every reason not to be gullible to mining management’s pledge to empower local black-owned businesses. An entrepreneur and leader in the platinum-rich North West village of Luka, Mogopodi has been short-changed several times for contracts at the Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) mining operations – hosted in the royal Bafokeng-owned community land. Contending that 80% of goods and services should be procured locally by the mine – in line with the Mining Charter, with Implats procurement budget running into R8.9 billion – a frustrated Mogopodi has laid to bare “intentional obstructions” experienced by him and other black-owned...