Department of Mineral Resources and Energy a no-show

12 March 2020 - Communities from Witbank, Phola, Middleburg, Wonderfontein, Ermelo, and Springs are protesting at the DMRE (Department of Mineral Resources, and Energy) regional office in Witbank. This comes after the department failed to show up for a public meeting organized by the department. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the amendment of the MPRDA (Minerals Petroleum Resources Development Act) and draft guidelines on resettlement.

The communities are demanding that DMRE treats them with respect in dealing with issues facing fence-line communities. They are also demanding to be reimbursed for the resources wasted travelling to Witbank. Reports from the ground indicate that the protesting communities are now inside the DMRE offices in Witbank.

 

Contacts:

Thomas Mnguni
+27 72 449 5655
Thomas@groundwork.org.za

Promise Mabilo
+27 79 748 9115
mabilopromise@gmail.com

Matthews Hlabane
+27 82 707 9806

Meshack Mbangula
+27 74 977 5588