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By unknown | Oct 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

The Siko family in Motlhabe village in North West have depended on cattle farming for decades.

David Siko, 47, took over from his father, who left a herd of cattle as the family's livelihood.

But since the start of platinum mining operations in the area Siko and other villagers have seen the size of their grazing area reduced to a tiny patch of land because of excavations.

The villagers have lost two cows so far.

One was shocked to death when it trod on a live electric cable, while the second is said to have drunk contaminated water from the mine a few kilometres away.

Siko complained that no negotiations ever took place about the future of the livestock, grazing and safety.

"We also experience a high rate of miscarriages and have lost 45 calves," Siko said.

Site manager Johan Geyer said he had contacted his head office and they were willing to compensate Siko.


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