Good Day ProBonoMatters
My Grandfather, Aaron Motsuenyane, together with his brothers owned a farm, Portion 274 JQ in Weldebeesfontein, in the Rustenburg mining area where Impala Platinum had since 1964 operated. Impala has not been paying any servitude fees since 1964 while they have erected a number of structures, encroaching onto our land, which are critical to their operations. They have erected the following:
- Surface and underground Ventilation Pipes
- Overhead Electrical cables
- Surface and underground water supply pipes
- Road (Tar)
- Rail Tracks
All of these are necessities for a mining operation to take place and we have not been duly compensated for all of this and yet Impala continues to make Billions of Rands in revenue and there is no simultaneous benefit on the side of my family.
Impala just went ahead by making developments on our land without permission. We have once engaged with Karina Engelbretch from Impala Platinum who promised to get back to us with an out of court settlement but nothing came out of that promise.
The other matter is with Sasol as they encroached into the farm in question by building underground magazine explosive storage without our knowledge nor our concerns and permission.
Lastly there is also an issue with Eskom as they also build Overhead High Voltage Electric cables across our farm.
I’m writing this to seek a directive on how to tackle this matter with these three giants (Impala, Sasol and Eskom)
Yours truly Gontse Letlonkane