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  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana North West Province on August 16 2012 which claimed the lives of miners security guards and members of the South African Police SAPS The government joins families friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community As a supportive government we firmly believe that Marikana s renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process but will also result in the socio economic development of the area The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives Together with Sibanye Stillwater the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019 the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy Minister to the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele said The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated He exposed the gaps in South Africa s socio economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam Minister Gungubele added Since that unfortunate incident the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community the government is encouraged that Sibanye Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families In addition the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender based violence and women s empowerment The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co create a shared vision The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope in collaboration with all stakeholders Revitalize the mining sector The country s economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns including Marikana and its surroundings The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much needed jobs As a government we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country Since then Sibanye Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties Compensation to families In terms of compensation more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants According to the Attorney General Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani half of the remaining forty eight 48 cases have been resolved The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022 as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa Northwest Division The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court In the first case General Mzondase Mpembe a former deputy police commissioner and three senior police officers Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule were charged with frustrating the ends of justice This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala 60 who allegedly died in a police vehicle This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers Colonel Salmon Vermaak Constable Nkosana Mguye Warrant Officer WO Katlego Sekgweleya WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers security officers and other employees who were not on strike attempted murder and malicious property damage to mining buildings cars and other property The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused The matter was referred to September 9 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr Isaiah Twala WO Tsietsi Monene WO Sello Lepaku Mr Hassan Fundi and Mr Frans Mabelane Regarding the events that occurred on August 16 2012 in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2 the investigations are still ongoing Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease COVID 19 Sibanye Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID 19 vaccination programme with over 10 000 employees vaccinated from June 25 2021 in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health New schools Sibanye Stillwater in partnership with the Department for Basic Education DBE has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas Marikana High School was completed in 2020 The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20 2021 destined for Marikana Wonderkop Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements DHS has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana with several housing units already built The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana Massive infrastructure was also installed DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries In late August 2020 Sibanye Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022 as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows homes Sibanye Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba in association with Sibanye Stillwater recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights
Government commemorates Marikana tragedy

1 This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West Province, on August 16, 2012, which claimed the lives of miners, security guards and members of the South African Police (SAPS).

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2 The government joins families, friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

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3 Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community.

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4 As a supportive government, we firmly believe that Marikana’s renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process, but will also result in the socio-economic development of the area.

5 The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives.

6 Together with Sibanye-Stillwater, the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019, the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy.

7 Minister to the Presidency, Mr. Mondli Gungubele, said: “The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated.

8 He exposed the gaps in South Africa’s socio-economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection.

9 The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam.”

10 Minister Gungubele added: “Since that unfortunate incident, the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented.

11 We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS.

12 We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners.” As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community, the government is encouraged that Sibanye-Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families.

13 In addition, the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender-based violence and women’s empowerment.

14 The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co-create a shared vision.

15 The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope, in collaboration with all stakeholders.

16 Revitalize the mining sector The country’s economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector.

17 The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns, including Marikana and its surroundings.

18 The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export.

19 It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much-needed jobs.

20 As a government, we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country.

21 Since then, Sibanye-Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area.

22 Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties.

23 Compensation to families In terms of compensation, more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants.

24 According to the Attorney General, Mr. Fhedzisani Pandelani, half of the remaining forty-eight (48) cases have been resolved.

25 The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022, as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba, who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis.

26 Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa; Northwest Division.

27 The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court.

28 In the first case, General Mzondase Mpembe, a former deputy police commissioner, and three senior police officers, Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl, Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule, were charged with frustrating the ends of justice.

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30 This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr. Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala (60), who allegedly died in a police vehicle.

31 This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge.

32 The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers, Colonel Salmon Vermaak, Constable Nkosana Mguye, Warrant Officer (WO) Katlego Sekgweleya, WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela.

33 The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners.

34 The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al.

35 The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers, security officers, and other employees who were not on strike; attempted murder, and malicious property damage to mining buildings, cars, and other property.

36 The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused.

37 The matter was referred to September 9, 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng.

38 Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr. Isaiah Twala, WO Tsietsi Monene, WO Sello Lepaku, Mr. Hassan Fundi and Mr. Frans Mabelane.

39 Regarding the events that occurred on August 16, 2012, in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2, the investigations are still ongoing.

40 Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Sibanye-Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID-19 vaccination programme, with over 10,000 employees vaccinated from June 25, 2021, in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health.

41 New schools Sibanye-Stillwater, in partnership with the Department for Basic Education (DBE), has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana.

42 Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas.

43 Marikana High School was completed in 2020.

44 The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20, 2021, destined for Marikana, Wonderkop, Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools.

45 A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents.

46 Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana, with several housing units already built.

47 The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana.

48 Massive infrastructure was also installed.

49 DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana, which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries.

50 In late August 2020, Sibanye-Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

51 Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022, as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows’ homes.

52 Sibanye-Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana.

53 Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba, in association with Sibanye-Stillwater, recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built.

54 memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure.

55 Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying, “The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again.

56 Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers, those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor.

57 We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights.”

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