An intergovernmental task team will commence with community mapping and social profiling of households in the Blyvooruitzicht(Blyvoor mine) area.

This will help determine the level of urgent assistance and intervention required by communities as the Blyvooruitzicht mine is liquidated. It was owned and operated by Village Main Reef.

The announcment follows a meeting convened by Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi and chaired by his Director-General, Dr Thibedi Ramontja in Pretoria on Thursday 11 June.

“Interventions including social relief of distress packages will be provided in the short term, as the team explores medium to long term measures including environmental, economic and infrastructural concerns,” Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe, special adviser to the Minister, said.

Parties have also agreed that water supply, which had been disconnected, would be reconnected for a period of one month, as long-term solutions are explored. The liquidators also agreed to pay the Merafong Municipality R600 000, to allow the municipality to provide water, and repair leakages.

Emanating from the meeting, a report on the status of the liquidation process will also be sought from the liquidators.

“It is crucial that we learn from this, in order to prevent a similar situation from occurring when a mine is liquidated,” Advocate Muofhe said.

Stakeholders who attended the meeting include representatives from the Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water Affairs, the Masters of the High Court, Social Development, and the Merafong City Local Municipality.

A progress meeting will be held in two weeks.

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