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.
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.
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.
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