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CALSPretoria News reports that mining communities across the country say the social and labour plans (SLPs) of mining companies do not cater for their actual needs.  

This is one of the findings contained in a study released this week by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Wits University, which evaluated the SLPs of 50 mining companies.  Although, according to the law, mining rights applicants are required to set out how their operations would benefit their workers and the communities in the area of their operations, the study points out that after this process, very little monitoring is conducted to ensure plans are realised.  “There is mounting evidence of a stark disjuncture between the rhetoric in SLPs and the lived realities of mine-affected communities who do not see the promised benefits of mining development materialising,” the study indicated.  CALS has committed to establishing a toolkit to assist communities in planning engagement with companies and government role-players.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana and Zintle Mahlati in full at Business Report

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