MARKEN — The community of Bakenberg held an organised march on Friday 10 March from the Marken Road (D1711) to the Medupi Borutho Section A site office. It started with a group of 250 people, but later more participants joined the march. Police and traffic officers from Mokopane monitored the situation.
They demanded the following:
• Tribal solution (full package);
• 80/20 % – 80% of the employees should be from the affected communities and 20 % must be from the main contractor, Concor;
• The project steering committee must be formed by the representative from all stake holders including one from the community;
• The CLO must also be from the community as he or she will represent the communities;
• The promotion of LED (Local Economic Development);
• The community must know the value of the whole project;
• Ward councillors, chiefs and Indians must be an ex-official of the project and not of the steering communities;
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, the demands were signed by a COGHSTA delegate and Me Radebe and Mr Mohlala from the MEC’s office. A memorandum was handed over to the MEC delegate by Mr Tshipana, a community leader.
The residents of Bakenberg expressed their hope that attention will be given to their demands without further ado. The MEC of COGHSTA Limpopo is therefore given seven days to respond to the demands of the community leaders.
Eskom acknowledged receipt of the memorandum, however they indicated that they would require approval of the march from SAPS and the municipality attached to the memorandum.
The march dispersed peacefully.