LEPHALALE — After the last task team meeting regarding the Eskom Medupi graves which was held at the beginning of February, it was decided that a memorial plaque will be constructed in remembrance of those affected.
The meeting was to get input into and an agreement on the development and implementation of a Heritage Management Plan to address the recommendations, of which one was from the South African Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities to establish a memorial plaque in memory of all those affected, which Eskom said that they will abide by the recommendations and are in the process of implementing them.
In addition, it was recommended that Eskom should re-establish a Kgoro and to ensure that reasonable access to the graves is granted to the families allowing them to perform cultural and religious rituals – in accordance with the wishes of the affected families.
The agreements were welcomed by the parties involved with Eskom saying, these agreements have been worked on and agreed by the task team, which is chaired by the Department of Environmental Affairs and represented by all affected families, the Limpopo Heritage Resources Authority, the Lephalale Municipality, the South African Heritage Authority and South African Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.
The memorial plaque is expected to be unveiled at the beginning of April 2016.