Baphalaborwa concerned group members held a peaceful march


By Mpho Modiba

PHALABORWA-More than 2000 members and supporters of Ba-Phalaborwa Concerned Community Members embarked on a peaceful march and submitted a memorandum of demands to Foskor, Zirconia, Bosveld and Leolo Trust on Monday at Wildevy Park in Phalaborwa.

The march was led by the top 16 leadership of the group under the tutelage of Edwin Malatji and Thuso Shai. The march started at the Phalaborwa bus stop used the Sealene Road and turned to Selati to Wildevy Park.

Representatives from Foskor, Leolo Trust and  Ziconia received the memorandums. PMC delegated a low-ranking representative to receive the memorandum and the members demanded that the CEO of PMC should be the one to receive the memorandum in the next seven days of which he should be the one contacting them because they feel PMC disrespected them.

Amongst the demands is the creation of jobs and business opportunities for residents of Phalaborwa. They also want Foskor to stop putting the requirements of science and maths when they are advertising general workers’ posts as it disadvantages a lot of job seekers. They further say that the local mines should call an Imbizo whenever they do their Social Labour Plan to hear the real concerns that affect the community instead of just implementing projects without proper consultation.

In the memo, they also stated that the mines should stop undermining the community resolutions. Chairperson of Phalaborwa Community Concerned members Edwin Malatji says they demand transparency from the local mines as they requested them to provide a database of employment, leadership and tenders that they have done for the financial years of 2021 to 2023. He further said contractors at Foskor pay their workers low wages and seek intervention from Foskor to address this issue.

Addressing Leolo Trust they wanted to know the board of directors of the trust and its founders. They want to know what the Leolo Trust do with the ten per cent annual dividends funds they get from the local mines and how is it allocated towards projects that benefit the community.

Zicornia was also told to stop downgrading the salaries of its workers. Phalaborwa concerned community members say they will soon meet with the minister of COGTA Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma to address their concerns about service delivery in the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality.

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