Corruption Watch (CW) will embark on a week-long series of community engagements in the Free State province from Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 September 2022, with a focus on how mining operations affect those communities.

These engagements form part of the interventions that fall under the European Union Rallying Efforts to Accelerate Progress project (EU REAP), of which CW is the lead in South Africa. The focus of these interventions is on the creation of platforms for land right holders in mine-affected areas, so they may actively participate in decision-making processes that affect their land, property, environment and livelihoods. This includes research, advocacy and public outreach initiatives throughout the project’s life.

For meaningful change to occur in these sectors, communities and groups need opportunities for engagement in order for them to make significant contributions. Thus, key issues are the strategies and means that need to be adopted to combat these problems.

These community engagements aim to attract communities in large numbers to make sure that their voices are heard and that they are active participants in CW interventions in engaging with the council, local municipality, and the mining companies involved.

CW will be holding the engagements at different Free State communities during the week.

The engagements will take place as follows:                                                              

Dates: 6-9 September 2022
Time: 10h00 
Venue: Various communities in the Free State:

  • Tuesday: Allanridge
  • Wednesday: Kutlwanong
  • Thursday: Virginia
  • Friday: Welkom

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