Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
4 minute read
8 Dec 2021
4:50 am

Implats remain defensive over broken promises in platinum rich NW

Brian Sokutu

Lack of business opportunities, streets with potholes, lack of public amenities, and houses that crack because of blasting by Implats group.

Lebogang Letswalo points at the ruins of what was once home. Picture: Brian Sokutu

Don’t be deceived into thinking Kanana in the platinum-rich North West province is a land of milk and honey. Local residents and entrepreneurs are daily enraged by their living conditions: a lack of business opportunities, streets with potholes, lack of public amenities, and houses that crack and some collapsing because of blasting by Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) mining group. Yet there are no community benefits derived from the mining operations in line with provisions of the Mining Charter. To get a glimpse into the plight of the mining community in Kanana, The Citizen visited the area, and spoke to...