Today a follow-up of stakeholders convened by the Executive Mayor of Rustenburg Local Municipality -Councillor Mpho Khunou, was held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The Executive Mayor, was accompanied by the Council Speaker – Councillor Sheila Mabale-Huma, Municipal Manager – Mr. Victor Makona, the MMC’s for Corporate Support Services and Planning and Human Settlements Councillors Joyce Mashishi-Ntsime and John Molobi. The meeting, was to keep track of work done by various stakeholders to date in relation to Covid-19 intervention measures in Rustenburg. Critical to the meeting, was the level of readiness by the stakeholders as the country is officially on level 4 lockdown from today, given the number of mining activities in the Rustenburg region.
Mines houses, such as Impala Platinum, Sibanye Stillwater, Glencore Alloys, Anglo American Platinum and Royal Bafokeng Platinum provided an overview of how the mining operations will resume in line with the stipulated regulations for phasing in of the work force needed to restart sectors of the economy which have been permitted to resume operations. To date the mining houses in Rustenburg, have implemented Covid-19 ready plans which are line with the safety and hygiene protocols. Additionally, the mining companies have continued to contribute to the social responsibility programs where food parcels have been donated across various wards to the vulnerable groups.
The South African Police Services, were able to apprehend 7 of the homeless people which have been housed at the Ben Marais Hall. The arrests come after their fingerprints positively linked them to crimes committed previously in various areas in Rustenburg when they were being processed for their stay at the shelter for the homeless. The Municipality will communicate revised processes for acquiring permits for trading in the City, given the number of concerns that have been raised by the affected people trading in Rustenburg.
The Municipality used the meeting with the stakeholders that in line with the implementation of the regulations of level 4. Operations will resume in the coming days and the exact methodology for servicing the community will be communicated into the weekend to ensure that residents and all other stakeholders have access to the Municipality. Other key stakeholders, who were part of the meeting including the Department of Social Development, Department of Education as well as Social Security Agency of S.A (SASSA).