Villagers divided over relocation to 'serviced area'

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A part of the community of Mohlotlo in Mapela outside Mokopane will relocate at the weekend to give way to a coal mine.

About 1000 families will be moved and the first 100 are expected to leave the area on Saturday.

Anglo-Platinum spokesman Simon Tebele said they had already built new houses for those who are moving.

"We have signed 1000 relocation agreements with heads of households," said Tebele.

"In the new area the community will have access to schools, churches, community halls, roads and electricity."

Though Tebele said Anglo- Platinum consulted extensively with stakeholders on the move and followed the World Bank and Chamber of Mines guidelines on relocation, some community members have vowed not to move before their demands are met.

Stephen Mothoa, a coordinator of the Mohlotlo Development Committee, said they wanted compensation for their agricultural land before they moved.

Community lawyer Richard Spoor was adamant that Anglo-Platinum was doing what it could to make people's lives difficult so that they could move them.