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About 120 Limpopo mineworkers yesterday beamed with delight when they received houses to replace their dilapidated hostels.
Provision of the houses was the outcome of a joint initiative by Northam Platinum, which owns the platinum mine near Thabazimbi, and the Limpopo provincial government.
Premier Sello Moloto and Glyn Lewis, chief executive of Northam Platinum, jointly handed the houses over to the beneficiaries at a ceremony at Mojuteng village.
Moloto said he was grateful that the partnership had resulted in the provision of decent houses for the miners and their families.
"The Northam Platinum Mine has made a sterling corporate social investment worthy of being emulated by other mining companies," Moloto said.
Referring to the legacy of hostel accommodation, Lewis said Northam Platinum understood the need to transform accommodation provided by the mining industry.
The joint Mojuteng housing project, he said, marked "an important milestone in our continued drive to make a real and sustainable difference to the lives of our workers".
Local government and housing MEC Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the partnership with Northam would help to realise the goal of ridding mining towns of single-male hostels and informal settlements.
"We are committed to ensuring that mineworkers stay with their wives and children next to their place of employment.
"This handover is the first leg of a partnership . that will result in the construction of 380 houses for the mineworkers," she said.