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Mogalakwena Local Municipality – Mokopane

Mogalakwena Local Municipality – Mokopane

The Mokopane Local Rights Programme is located in Mogalakwena Local Municipality within the western district of the Waterberg Municipality

It is one of the local municipalities of South Africa that is experience a high influx of international mining companies such as Rio Tinto, Plat Reef, Impala etc due to its huge platinum deposits.  The communities of the municipality for the past decade have experience massive land dispossession of land, destruction of houses, pollution of water resources, etc. leading to erosion of their livelihoods.  Despite such high presence of these mining companies, unemployment in the area is very high and it hoovers around 70%. Before the establishment of the area into an LRP, ActionAid South Africa has a long history of working with the communities in fighting the mining companies to stop violations of their rights. The Mokopane LRP was developed in 2011 and is made of 13 villages with a total of about 160 000 people being reached.  Main Actionaid’s work is directed on community empowerment, supporting local economic interventions that include food and livestock production and other self-help projects.  Supporting the local networks particularly those made of people affected by mining, greatly forms part of Actionaid work in the LRP.