20 Jan 2014
Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, has suspended Australian mining company Mintails' operations in Kagiso 1 on the West Rand after community members embarked on protests citing serious environmental, safety and health violations and structural damage to their houses as a result of the mine’s operations in close proximity to their homes. Media for Justice reports that community members view government’s investigation into Mintails operations as a smokescreen to “distract from obvious irregularities in the granting of its mining license”. Kagiso 1 community members have repeatedly requested a copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment, but this has been refused.
Watch interviews with Kagiso 1 community members who speak about the impact that this opencast mine is having on their lives. They are demanding the immediate and complete closure of the mine.
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