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Bapo ba Mogale’s traditional governance, political interference woes

By Mashudu MasuthaFirst published on Transparency International Australia Bapo ba Mogale (Bapo Community) is a traditional community, sitting on incredibly rich platinum deposits in the North West province of South Africa. Mining in the area has a long history, stretching back to 1969 when Lonmin platinum mine opened, now owned by Sibanye Stillwater. During the Read more >

Court orders are no obstacle for stubborn government officials

Image: Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso DibakwaneFirst published on Maverick Citizen The failure and unwillingness of the North West provincial government to release the findings of the Mafereka commission of inquiry — despite requests under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), a high court order and correspondence addressed to the North West Read more >

Support CW’s petition for the release of the Mafereka report

Visit Amandla.mobi to sign our petition! Dear Premier Job Mokgoro, we demand that you release the Mafereka Commission Report. In 2011, the North West Provincial Government established the Mafereka Commission to look into traditional leadership in the province and the report was completed in 2013 but has been kept under wraps ever since. The mineral-rich Read more >

‘Why does no one care about us?’ ask NW mining communities

Image: Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso DibakwaneFirst published in City Press After receiving a number of reports from mining-affected communities in the North West, Corruption Watch undertook to advocate for the release of the Mafereka commission report, which has not seen the light of day, years after its submission to the premier’s office. The Read more >

Transparency demanded in mining community commission reports

Photo: James Oatway for the Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso Dibakwane First published in The Star Despite several commissions of inquiry set up both at national and provincial level to investigate and establish lawful traditional leaders in terms of customary law and the Constitution, mining communities in the North West still await justice. Although Read more >

NW silence on Mafereka report infuriates mining communities

Sibanye-Stillwater mine in Marikana, in the North West. Photo: Sibanye-Stillwater. By Kwazi Dlamini The mineral-rich Bapo Ba Mogale community in the North West (NW) is still looking for answers from the premier’s office regarding the delayed release of the report of the Mafereka Commission of Inquiry. The final report was handed to then premier Thandi Read more >