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implatsheadgear smlCity Press reports that tension is brewing between various ethnic groups in North West mine-hosting communities over jobs and other economic opportunities.  

Government’s failure or unwillingness to change or intervene in migration trends is said to be at the centre of the strain.  Joseph Magobe, chairperson of non-profit organisation Bua Mining Communities (BuaMC), told the Bojanala Mining Summit in Rustenburg last week that they had noticed an influx of migrant workers from other provinces, which was taking away the few employment opportunities available for the Tswana locals on North West mines.  BuaMC consists of members of 15 mine-hosting communities in the platinum-rich area, and was established shortly after the 2012 Marikana tragedy.  Magobe claimed that mining companies’ preference for using migrant labour instead of locals happened during apartheid, was still continuing and was “setting us as black people against each other.”  The two-day summit was organised in conjunction with the Bench Marks Foundation.

  • Read this report by Lesetja Malope in full at City Press

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