By Advocate Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL, DA constituency head for Postmasburg:
The Democratic Alliance calls on the Minister for Mineral Resources to keep his promises to the Maremane Communal Property Association. We also call on the Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform to appoint a facilitator to help the Maremane CPA to comply with all aspects of the Communal Property Association Act.
The Maremane CPA has approached the Minister for Mineral Resources in March to request assistance with a company that has been mining on land owned by the CPA since 2007. The minister has promised to set up a committee to investigate the complaints. Nothing seems to have happened since.
The Maremane CPA suspects that collusion between the company and the department of Mineral Resources is the reason for the minister’s failure to take their complaints to heart.
It is clear that the Maremane CPA requires assistance from the department of Rural Development and Land Reform to operate to the benefit of the community. The term of the executive committee has expired and a new executive committee needs to be re-elected. Due to ongoing struggles between the executive committee members, no annual general meetings have been held for the past three years.
We will be driving this issue on behalf of the community. We have escalated the issue to our national counterparts and we will be monitoring any further developments in this matter.