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Following the recent protest march in Postmasburg on Friday 15 Septem-ber 2017, the Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) in a media release noted the timeous responses of the three major mines targeted.
According to Alister Rodger Davids, spo-kesperson of the party, the responses have been tabled for scrutiny by the leadership of the STC, whereafter a response strategy will be formulated.
Mr Davids went on to explain that the STC's envisaged response strategy will hinge on five legs:
 Critical scrutiny of social and labour plans,             the Mining Charter commitments, corporate social investment, B-BBEE codes of good
practice and the Business Leadership South Africa's (BLSA's) pledge with South Africans, amongst others.
    Community feedback and mandating.
    Stakeholder engagement and the involvement of churches, civil society,
NGOs, CBOs, etc who care about the future of Tsantsabane.
    Legal consultation
    Tabling of agenda items for consideration at next council meeting.
Although the filing of responses within five days is seen as positive, the STC wishes to state that the response documents are gen-erally vague and void of meaningful feed-
back response to the specific demands rais-ed. The STC expects each and every stake-holder to propose a concrete programme of action on each and every aspect of their demands.
The STC generally agrees that a broad representative stakeholder forum or special task team be established to forge a sus-tainable and inclusive engagement traject-ory in the aftermath of the Friday 15 Sep-tember 2017 march. The party has, in partnership with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and civil society, launched a series of community feedback meetings to present the response documents of the mines to the community. They have also elected community representatives who will participate at the proposed broad represent-ative stakeholder forum or special task team.
The STC further wishes to register its dismay at the mines' attempts to try and demonise an otherwise legal and peaceful march. Although protesters were at times loud, vulgar and even impatient, as is the nature with events of such scale, their marshals went out of their way to calm the crowd.
The denial of access to ablution facilities to the elderly, women, etc, too infuriated the protestors. As indicated in an earlier press statement, the unnecessary prolonged wait
was doused with assistance of the public order police and STC and EFF marshalls.
The STC takes note of the criminal char-ges been laid and have already indicated to the South African Police Services (SAPS) their willingness to cooperate with any due process. However, in the same breath, they wish to caution the mines not to use criminal charges as some sort of negative pressure to frustrate a legitimate community cam-paign.
The STC acts on behalf of and is guided by the community's frustration of living on the doorstep of opportunity, but has been un-able to access such. When the STC said that they will intensify their campaign, they were serious. This should however not be con-strued as some kind of threat to anyone. The STC will not be intimidated with threats of legal action and interdicts. The STC remains a law-abiding political party and will apply legal methodology to heat up the atmos-phere. One way they could possibly intensify the campaign is by rolling out smaller, but more frequent demonstrations, with fifteen bodies or less. They do not need to give notice to the local authorities about a de-monstration, but as courtesy they informed the mines that there will be daily demonstra-tions.
The STC's constituency has been inform-ed about the ill-considered public violence cases pending and the STC's response will be based upon the community's input.
STC communication
for the mine man-agers led to the crowd becoming rowdy and this was doused with assistance of the public order police and STC and EFF marshalls.

The National Union of Mine-workers (NUM) confirmed on Friday 22 September 2017 that 67 NUM members who staged a sit-in underground have resurfaced from underground at Petra Dia-monds Finsch Mine.
"We can confirm that all the mem-bers are out of the underground and that they are safe and one was taken to hospital by ambulance due to hy-pertension and that the other four complained that the medication that they took was not working," said Te-bogo Kgomongwe, NUM Finsch Mine Deputy Branch Secretary.
The branch leadership, NUM members and together with the re-gional leadership, are very pleased to report that they managed to bring out those comrades from under-ground, unharmed, with no discip-linary action to be taken against them, their jobs are safe and that the strike will still continue. The workers are still aggrieved as a result of the employer not showing interest in their demands as tabled," Mr Kgo-mongwe added.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at Finsch Mine in Northern Cape have vowed to continue with their legal strike until Petra Diamonds address-
es their demands. The strike started on Monday afternoon 18 September 2017 after the employer failed to reach an agreement with the NUM.
Tebogo Kgomongwe, NUM Finsch Mine Deputy Branch Secretary, con-firmed that the issue is about the wages and other issues.
"We declared a wage dispute with the company and decided to go on strike on Monday afternoon. The strike is still going on. There are some members who are still under-ground since Monday. The mem-bers felt that if the company does not meet their demands they will remain underground. The total number of members who are underground is 67 and amongst them, there are also females, and those who take chronic medication, but the company has refused to allow us to take their medication underground," Mr Kgo-mongwe said.
"What angered the 67 members to refuse to come out of underground was when Petra Diamonds threaten-ed to withhold the bonuses that are due to be paid end of September. The company has also threatened to retrench them," he added.
The members of NUM demanded the following :
A 10% wage increase across the
board to be paid every month for three years.
A housing subsidy and living out allowance of R1500 to be paid every month for three years.
An increase of R1000 be paid to all employees who are part of the in-house medical aid scheme and 100% medical aid subsidy to em-ployees who do not belong to the in-house medical aid scheme.
Family responsibility leave to be increased from 3 to 5 days and 4 days must be fully paid and 1 unpaid.
Annual leave days to be increased from 19 to 21 days for Petra Dia-monds Ekapa and Koffiefontein ope-rations.
The pension fund must be in-creased from 7,5% to 9% per em-ployer's contribution.
Equal job value as per employ-ment equity act.
Various demands regarding long service awards.
The NUM Finsch Mine branch leadership was scheduled to have a press conference on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at the mine to update the media about the ongoing strike, however no further communi-cation was since received by the time the Kathu Gazette went to the printers.

Sishen Iron Ore Company community development trust (SIOC-cdt), officially handed over the multi-purpose centre to the community of Gamagara municipali-ty on Wednesday July 26, 2017.
The super trust took over the pro-ject for the construction of a multi-purpose centre in Deben from the Gamagara Development Forum (GDF).
The Deben multi-purpose centre, valued at R13-million, comprises of a hall, a soup kitchen and a youth centre.
Briefing the Kathu Gazette was the Chief Executive Officer of the SIOC-cdt Vusani Mali who said that the lo-cal community ought to benefit de-servedly and so to fulfil the scope of the establishment of the trust.
Mr Mali also confirmed that the
trust's offices are relocating from Jo-hannesburg to Kathu. The gist of the trust is to reconfigure the community projects delivery system through its direct involvement to optimise trans-parency and improve the standard of living of the broader community of the region
The centre is aimed at providing accessible facilities to cater for a wide variety of community needs, in-cluding strengthening the cultural and social activities in the area.
There was a visible vacuum for such a facility for the community of Deben, and SIOC-cdt came in han-dy.
Expressing the positive gesture demonstrated by SIOC-cdt was the Director of the Thabang Community Development Centre, Liza Mager-man and her Chief Financial Officer
Macbain Arends who, on behalf of the Department of Social Services , are running twenty two community nutritional centres in the province according to a new concept which resembles restaurants, where peo-ple are being fed while seated.
The Deben community also gave a positive nod to SIOC-cdt for the pro-vision of the community hall and the youth centre, saying that the facili-ties will go a long way towards bring-ing the residents together in sharing ideas as a collective, as well as cur-tailing social ills perpetrated in most cases by the delinquent youths.
The youth centre, if optimised can bridge the elderly and the youth gap together, as sporting activities in-volve all age groups.

The annual commemoration of Heri-tage Month is perhaps one of the most joyful months South Africa celebrates.
Whether it is with song or dance, rituals or festivals, stories or social practices, Heri-tage Month provides all with an opportunity to celebrate the past whilst taking positive steps to build a shared future.
Just look at how much heritage and history the Northern Cape has to offer. Vast cultural richness rangs from the ancient rock art pre-served in the Karoo to the lively riel dances of the Namakwa, not to mention the ancient workshops found around Kathu.
Let us take a look at the local ancient heritage that has put Kathu on the world arc-heological map.
In the 1970s, archaeologist Peter Beau-mont, working at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, received a phone call that open-ed up a story that stretches back over a mil-lion years.
A farmer's son, playing in a sinkhole, had found a beautiful prehistoric stone tool. When Mr Beaumont saw it, he immediately recognised that it was an Acheulean hand-axe - the calling card of human ancestors who lived a million years ago.
Subsequent excavations around Kathu showed that this area, best known for its mineral resources, also is one of the richest
areas on the African continent for the ar-chaeology of human origins. Mr Beaumont carried out a series of major excavations mainly in the “pan” area near the airport.
For a bit over ten years, Professor Michael Chazan from the University of Toronto and his archaeological research team, co-direct-ed by archaeologist Steven Walker from the University of Cape Town, have been contin-uing in Mr Beaumont's footsteps and what they find continues to astound all and garner international attention.
Kathu today is arid, but in the past the land-scape was very different. The rivers ran with water and there were lakes dotted across the plain. One of the projects documented a large body of water where the Mamatwan mine is today. In one of the pans at Kathu, the team has found the teeth of elephants and hippos.
Scientific archaeology is a slow and com-plex undertaking, but the team is beginning to piece together the prehistoric record in Kathu.
The earliest trace of human presence is around 1.5-million years ago, contemporary with the Cradle of Humankind sites near Johannesburg.
At Kathu, very simple small tools from this period, heavily weathered by the passing time, have been found. By one million years ago, advances had been made in stone tools and handaxes. The bones of extinct animals have also been found.
The Townlands site, which extends from the Kathu Equestrian Club to the Heritage Mall, shows evidence of very intensive oc-cupation at this time - perhaps because there was a pool of water in the area.
By 500 000 years ago, stone tools had
made further developments. Research by Dr Jayne Wilkins at Kathu made internation-al news when she demonstrated that these half million-year-old tools include spear points - the earliest evidence of this techno-logy in the world. Another occupation from this period is found across a very wide area of the Bestwood farm.
Traces of the earliest representatives of our own species, Homo sapiens, have been found in Kathu in the form of small tools that were hafted into complex hunting tools.
The story of human occupation continues through to the ancestors of the San that is referred to as the Later Stone Age. Last year, a surprising rich deposit of Later Stone Age material that includes, what is thought to be carved ivory from about 5000 years ago, have been found.
The archaeological heritage of Kathu is a scientific treasure that each year brings scientists from around the world to search for new insight into the human past.
Preserving this heritage is a challenge in the context of development, but successful solutions to both protect and explore the heritage, while not hindering development, have been found. This unique archaeologi-cal heritage is also a cultural and tourism re-source that as yet is not fully exploited.
Together with the Wonderwerk Cave be-tween Daniëlskuil and Kuruman, the arc-haeological sites around Kathu are of inter-national significance. One of the handaxes Mr Beaumont recovered, is among the most beautiful prehistoric artifacts ever recover-ed. In fact, this ancient ambassador of Kathu made a trip around the globe as part of an exhibition at the British Museum.
You can learn more about this research at www.wonderwerkcave.com
You can also reach the research team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to let them know about any archaeological sites they should know about.
Introduction paragraphs by  Ismail Obaray - Democratic Alliance Member in the North-ern Cape Provincial Legislature
Text by Professor Michael Chazan from the University of Toronto

Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday 25 July reported a 23% increase in production in the six months to June 30, 2017 on the back of a productivity step change linked to the re-vised Sishen mine plan.
The Anglo American subsidiary ac-hieved a fatality-free half-year and re-duced lost-time injuries in producing 21.9-million tonnes of iron-ore.
The stronger operational performance and higher iron-ore prices resulted in the operating margin improving to 36%, up from 29% in the first half of last year.
Headline earnings leapt 53% with op-erating free cash flow up 48% to R8.3-billion, resulting in a robust R13.5-billion net cash position, which has enabled the company to resume dividend payments, with an interim dividend of R5.1-billion declared, representing R15.97 a share.
The reinstatement of the dividend saw the price of Kumba shares jump by more than 12% in early morning trade to R194.49 a share on Tuesday 25 July 2017.
“While the overall progress has been very encouraging, substantial effort was required simply to offset cost inflation and there is no room for complacency. The team is therefore examining every aspect of the value chain to improve Kumba's ability to endure any future price volatility,” Kumba CEO Themba Mkhwanazi said.
Kumba achieved an average cash breakeven price of $43/t in the first six months of 2017, an increase of $14/t from the average for the full year 2016.
Controllable costs increased by $1/t as a result of a $2/t increase from mining cost inflation and higher waste mining volumes, partially offset by a further re-duction in controllable overhead costs of $1/t through continued cost optimisation.
Uncontrollable costs increased as a result of higher freight rates ($3/t) and lower lump and market premiums ($5/t), higher mineral royalties ($1/t) and a stronger currency, which added $4/t.
Revenue rose 22% to R21.5-billion and the 53%-higher headline earnings a share amounted to R14.42 a share.
The board has decided to resume paying a dividend while retaining a high level of balance sheet flexibility but a conservative approach is seen as re-maining critical in the context of an on-going volatile price environment.
Kumba expressed concern that Mining Charter Three was not concluded through the usual agreement between government, business and labour, de-spite the best efforts of those stake-holders over the preceding year.
Kumba threw its weight behind the le-gal course of action being followed by the Chamber of Mines, with the ultimate ob-jective of arriving at a negotiated solution that is practical to implement, and that preserves and enhances investment in what it describes as “a critically important industry for South Africa”.
The company said that in the absence of new investment, South Africa would fail to deliver the economic growth re-quired to create greater levels of employ-ment and socio-economic uplift-ment for the benefit of all South Africans.
Kumba reiterated its commitment to meeting South Africa's transformation objectives and would continue to engage through the chamber.
The Sishen mine's consolidated mi-ning right was this month granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and the process to amend it will now proceed, with mining operations only commencing once the required environmental authori-sation has been approved, which is expected soon.
The transfer of the Thabazimbi iron-ore mine to ArcelorMittal South Africa will lapse on August 31 if conditions are not satisfied. Should this happen, Sishen Iron Ore Company will proceed with the closure of the mine.
Should the agreement become effective, employees, assets and liabilities will transfer to Arcelor-Mittal at a nominal purchase con-sideration plus the assumed liabi-lities, which includes the mine's social closure plan based on the identified needs of the Thabazimbi community. Mining Weekly

Saturday 23 September 2017 marks the  official opening of the Kathu Parkrun with Com-rades Marathon legend, Bruce For-dyce, as  the guest at this presti-gious event.
Every Saturday for the past few months, even when it was freezing cold, a group of determined indivi-duals have been meeting in the mor-ning for a jog or walk close to the Eskom Ferrum Substation.
The run is set for 5 kilometres, but everyone is free to run the course twice or three times as they wish. Who knew that there were so many runners in Kathu ?
The Kathu parkrun is an initiative fully supported by the Northern Cape Mine Managers Association (NCMMA) Wellness Work stream, Lenmed Kathu Private Hospital and Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Mine.
The parkrun is a drive for healthy living and fosters community cohe-sion, as people from all walks of life meet and interact as they run and walk together.
The motto is : Kathu parkrun : You can give up on yourself, but we will never give up on you.
Such is the camaraderie during the
tion starting at 07:00 in the summer and 08:00 in the winter. You can bring your children on their bicycles, off-road prams or dogs on leashes. Adult supervision is required at all times though.
“Let's all come out on the 23rd of September at 08:00 and make heal-thy living a way of life. Bruce For-dyce, the legendary Comrades run-ner, will be there to officially open the Kathu parkrun !”
The parkrun is a global phenome-non, which started in London and New York and has spread to other places around the world. Every Sa-turday you wake up in the morning and get on the move. You can give up on yourself, but we will never give up on you.
Kathu parkrun : Every Saturday at 07:00 from the Eskom Ferrum Sub-station.
#Run slow #Run fast #Run happy #Run grumpy #Just parkrun #Set a personal best #Beat your personal best #Run free on a safe route #Healthy mind, healthy body #Fit for life, fit for work ! Come and join in the fun !
Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Mine com-munication
parkrun, that when some runners have finished their run, they go back to encourage and fetch the slower runners in the pack. The whole exer-cise is so much fun and so full of life.
To participate, the community is encouraged to go onto the parkrun website www.parkrun.co.za , regi-ster and print the barcode. Parti-cipants are required to produce this barcode at the runs so as to capture their running statistics and also, Discovery Vitality members will be able to gain vitality points from taking part in this run by linking their park-run profile to the Discovery Health Vitality program.
Speaking about the parkrun, Dr Nothando Moyo-Mubayiwa who has been instrumental in setting up the Kathu parkrun commented, “The parkrun is a first for Kathu where people are going to meet and run or walk together and hopefully grow fitter and healthier together. The more we sit and lead a sedentary lifestyle without any exercise, the higher the chances of lifestyle-related diseases and their complica-tions.
“The parkrun is just a 5 kilometre run from the Eskom Ferrum Substa-tion starting at 07:00 in the summer and 08:00 in the winter. You can bring your children on their bicycles, off-road prams or dogs on leashes. Adult supervision is required at all times though.
“Let's all come out on the 23rd of September at 08:00 and make heal-thy living a way of life. Bruce For-dyce, the legendary Comrades run-ner, will be there to officially open the Kathu parkrun !”
The parkrun is a global phenome-non, which started in London and New York and has spread to other places around the world. Every Sa-turday you wake up in the morning and get on the move. You can give up on yourself, but we will never give up on you.
Kathu parkrun : Every Saturday at 07:00 from the Eskom Ferrum Sub-station.
#Run slow #Run fast #Run happy #Run grumpy #Just parkrun #Set a personal best #Beat your personal best #Run free on a safe route #Healthy mind, healthy body #Fit for life, fit for work ! Come and join in the fun !
Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Mine com-munication

A Cape Town based organisation called Publish What You Pay is on a road-show programme in the province to pro-mote transparent flow of information in the fight against corruption, as well as making communities aware of their rights - especially about mining houses.
On May 11, 2017 a workshop was held at Kuruman SAPS's canteen where about thirty participants at-tended the function.
The National Coordinator of the organisation, Ms Tafadzwa Kuvhe-ya, said that the organisation is a global alliance of NGOs, civic organisations, faith based organisations and other individuals whose objective is to advocate for transparency and minimise corrupt practices with-in their lines of operation.
specific projects. By not revealing this information, the rights of the surrounding communities are trampled.
“We also advocate for governments to legislate reporting standards for countries up to project level.
“A good example is that of a British mining company that must report about specific projects completed, projected or still underway, not to simply state that they have projects in South Africa.
“The road shows are conducted throughout the country in each province so that South Africa becomes a signatory to Publish What You Pay.
The organisation is working in con-junction with the mining affected communities United in Action (MACUA).
South Africa is the latest member of the forty countries affiliated to the organisation.
Asked how the organisation wants to achieve its goals towards the realisation of transparency, Ms Kuvheya said that while companies remain rigid to disclose their terms of operations, like the mines, the thrust is to push government to enact laws that compel companies to disclose information around socioeconomic and environmental implications - especially in the mining sector.
This sector is not disclosing relevant information for the general public to know and hence communities around mining houses are duped of their deserved incentives derived from them.
“We want mining companies to publish documents regarding their specific projects. By not revealing this information, the rights of the sur-rounding communities are trampled.
“We also advocate for governments to legislate reporting standards for countries up to project level.
“A good example is that of a British mining company that must report about specific projects completed, projected or still underway, not to simply state that they have projects in South Africa.
“The road shows are conducted throughout the country in each province so that South Africa becomes a signatory to Publish What You Pay.
The organisation is working in con-junction with the mining affected communities United in Action (MACUA).

Marking its decade of esta-blishment, Sishen Iron Ore community development trust (SIOC-cdt) held a stakeholder engagement meeting on September 05, 2017 at the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu, ostensibly aimed at introducing its new operational stra-tegy.
The trust came up with a syn-chronised approach that seeks to optimise spontaneous service deli-very to the community while object-ively eyeing investment as a means of creating self-sustainability.
The meeting was attended by dif-ferent stakeholders that included the municipal mayors from Gamagara, Joe Morolong, Ga-Segonyana, the John Taolo Gaetsewe district and broader members of the community.
Presenting an abridged summary of financial events of the trust was the chief executive officer Vusani Malie, in the presence of his non-ex-ecutive board.
In the decade under review, the trust received its three percent is-sued shares from Sishen Iron Ore amounting to R2.3-billion. The trust gobbled up R1.1-billion, funding 269 approved projects.
On the investment segment, the trust spent R528-million over the pe-riod, while the net asset value of in-vestment is pegged at R687-million with reciprocal returns standing at R196-million.
As the saying goes, “Every rose has its thorn,” the downturn in the mining sector somehow choked the fluidity in the transfer of shares at some point by the traditional donor, Kumba.
The economic hiccup necessita-ted the board to ponder on how the super-trust - which had become a conduit for the five beneficiary trusts based on Kumba’s mining activities - could be kept afloat while still fulfill-ing its assigned mandate which is to develop and invest in the communi-ties on a broader spectrum.
Harder decisions had to be taken to keep the flagship of the trust buo-yant and sustainable. The first step was to reduce the personnel at the beneficiary trusts considerably - a decision that was met with great re-sistance as part of a cost saving measure aimed at sustaining benefi-ciary trusts, while observing the cha-racteristics of a depressed market in the mining sector, more so iron ore.
The trend in the sector remained hostile to reverse the decision. In 2016, the board, with limited discre-tion, had to take a more rigorous step by approving a new strategy by establishing a single entity to carry out the SIOC-cdt mandate.
The decision was multi-pronged with merits and demerits, but on all accounts, it had to project the trust's objectives and vision first.
Secondly the SIOC-cdt  relocated
from Johannesburg to Kathu and this translated into fast decision-making. 
The economic burden of replica-ting positions in the beneficiary trusts has been expunged, as two of the beneficiary trusts, Maphalane and Tsantsabane, had to be consoli-dated into SIOC-cdt, while Gamaga-ra Development Trust and John Ta-olo Development Trust opted to re-main independent entities.
The trust's stakeholders are more accessible to it, mainly the municipa-lities, departments and other role players in the community where en-gagements in planning are invalu-able. The trust is local and has a di-rect impact on the monitoring and evaluation of projects within its ope-rational demographics.
In the plenary session, community members had mixed feelings over the restructuring strategies. As questions inundated the board and the relevant managers, answers were reciprocally as good to accom-modate the transitional jitters.
Vividly, the scale of advantages re-mains more tilted to the interest of the community, because there is more transparency - no bureaucracy and no middle man. Instead there is now access to obtain direct answers regarding community projects and other areas of special attention.

Numerous articles related to asbestos-related protests in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district have been churned out by this newspaper year in, year out without corresponding answers to the plight of the protestors.
The level of inertia from the outcry has necessitated the Kathu Gazette to consult relevant organisations dealing with the compensation of the asbestos ex-mineworkers under the Griqua Exploration and Finance Company (GEFCO) and African Chrysotile Asbestos (ACA).
This is simply trying to get to the understanding of the duel on the flip side of the protesting community. A well detailed document was availed for clarification by the Johannesburg based office dealing with the compensation process for the same claimants after a written questionnaire was submitted to it.
Without laying blame on individuals in the compensation process, the document revealed that all is well as long as an individual has followed due processes and found deserving to receive compensation.
Ex-mine workers who had been exposed to asbestos from qualifying operations and developed asbestos related diseases qualify to claim. Ex-miners without any asbestos related diseases do not qualify.
Also individuals who lived near or within the qualifying mines do qualify to claim if infected. Qualifying operations are the mines, mills and other operations owned by or associated with the Founders of the Asbestos Relief Trust. The founders are the companies that provided the compensation fund for the claimants.
The would-be-claimant must approach the Asbestos Relief Trust to obtain proof that he or she worked for the qualifying operations, mines or mills. The Trust Deed provides compensation for the following illnesses:
1.Asbestos dust disease (pneumoconiosis) with moderate lung function impairment.
2.Asbestos dust disease (pneumoconiosis) with severe lung function impairment.
3.Asbestos-related lung cancer.
Having worked at the qualifying mines, the Asbestos Relief Trust pays for the medical examinations to establish whether or not you suffer from compensable asbestos related disease that include clinical examination, chest x-ray and lung function test.
Kuruman community can go to the Asbestos Interest Group for free assistance. Like any other institution, a verification process is needed to prove that you were a member or worker of the qualifying mines with all the medical reports obtained.
Applying for compensation, further examinations are conducted to determine whether or not you have a potential claim. Medical reports are
assessed by a panel of specialist doctors. If you have been found with a compensable asbestosis condition, your award is calculated and the claim processed for payment.
In a nutshell, the document clearly explains why the human rights advocate Richard Spoor ought to be exonerated from the ensuing allegations that he still holds the compensation money he justifiably facilitated for the ex-miners through his legal recourse.
The compensation fund is no longer under his jurisdiction or prudence, but directly managed by the trust mandated to identify deserving claimants as stipulated by the document. This is where the would-be claimants ought to draw distinct lines between the advocate and themselves.
Accurate information is needed to come to the closure regarding compensation processes to avoid false clashes among claimants, government and organisations regarding access to the fund.
A couple of splinter groups emerged and gave themselves full legitimacy when news trickled that a compensation fund for asbestos ex-mine workers had been procured.
Kgatelopele Asbestos Community is one of the organisations in hot pursuit of the compensation fund. The question is: Is the organisation well informed of the proper processes and the current manager(s) of the fund?

Emerging entrepreneurs in the re-gion have expressed satisfaction in the way Tshipi é Ntlhe manga-nese mine has uplifted their spirits.
Several entrepreneurs interviewed by the Kathu Gazette expressed some glim-mer of hope and candidly said that the mine's efforts are closer to the communi-ty's expectations. This comes after more than 515 emerging and aspiring busi-ness owners were taken from various levels of training on road shows early this year.
The mine engaged an expert, Kuriti Bu-siness Training Consultancy, in the train-ing of locals in almost all aspects of run-ning various businesses.
Still yearning for their progress, the mine then further engaged the same entrepreneurs for a thorough selection process where, depending on the line of business being pursued, the mine want-ed to determine the extent of need and skill.
As a stepping stone, the entrepreneurs in the construction sector already have R1, 5-million allocated for the renovation of some schools in the region. This is a practical approach to encourage the emerging businesses to enter into the broader competitive market of soliciting for business to the public and private sectors with the requisite expertise.
On August 15 and 16 2017, 69 identi-fied entrepreneurs were invited for further business advice in which the con-sultancy officials visited their businesses and offices throughout the region to eval-uate and equip them with the necessary advice.
The man behind the whole programme is Mr Bheki Mdakane, the Socio-Econo-mic Development and Stakeholder En-gagement Manager of Tshipi é Ntlhe manganese mine who said that mines must minimally outsource and rationalise the region.
“I believe we must empower locals be-fore we look outside. As a result, Tshipi é Ntlhe is aiming at 90% in terms of pro-curement and employment. We want to make these entrepreneurs desirable in business skills - not for Tshipi alone, but for each and every mining business around, so that this wealth underfoot  (minerals) can be enjoyed predominantly by locals first. Let's develop locals and register them in our respective databa-ses for the various services we need. As a local mine we want to preach and prac-tise equitable distribution of wealth with the local community,” Mr Mdakane said.

Discontent keeps on smouldering between Tau Mining workers and their employer.
Workers had to go en masse, firstly to the District Executive Mayor honourable Sofia Mosikatsi and then to the Department of Labour's Mr Bloem on May 9, 2017 pleading with them to come to their rescue over alleged UIF discrepancies.
This comes as a result of UIF con-ributions deducted from their salaries, but apparently these amounts do not reflect at the Department of Labour. 
Some of the employees with five and more years of service with the mining company, according to Mr
Joy Seikaneng the provincial AMCU Secretary, were not registered on time with the department while others were registered two to three years later.  He said that this was an indication that there was no audit by Kumba to his contractor to check for compliance.
Workers also alleged that there were fellow workers who used to work at the Mamatwan site who had  never been registered until they were transferred to the Kumba site.
The reasons that prompted the workers to go to Kuruman were two-pronged. Fellow workers wanted to determine whether or not their representatives had approached the
Department of Labour over the en-suing administrative disparities.
The manager in the Department of Labour, Mr Bloem, confirmed that the matter had been brought to his attention and he took it further to the provincial office for further verification by auditors.
Workers also claimed that they had approached the Joe Morolong and Ga-Segonyana mayors to assist in the matter, that they had agreed, but nothing had materialised out of them, hence they decided to consult with the district mayor who has re-quested them to give her ample time to take the matter further.
The manager in the Department of been some irregularities as there is a lack of records of UIF en-tries.   

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