Ramatlhodi addresses problems in Limpopo mining town

Ramatlhodi met with community members & mining companies in Sekhukhune to end ongoing protests.

FILE: Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi met with community members and mining companies in Steelpoort, Sekhukhune in a bid to end ongoing protests in the Limpopo mining town.

Over the last couple of days locals have demonstrated over benefits they claim were promised to them when companies were granted mining rights in the area.

Among the benefits is a multimillion rand payment residents claim they were guaranteed.

Ramatlhodi has now assigned a task team to deal with concerns over unemployment and inadequate skills development raised by community members.

In the meantime, mining companies have vowed to create over 200 jobs for locals of the mining town.

Mineral resources spokesperson Phuti Mabelebele said, "The 200 jobs stem from vacancies that existed in the mines; and vacancies are going to be filled now. The community's concern is that there is a need for a centralised job centre to be established so recruitment is fair and transparent."