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Limpopo community mourns death of five learners
6 November 2019, 5:20 PM

Learners at A.M Mashego Secondary School at Monsterlus, outside Groblersdal, in Limpopo where five learners were killed in a road crash on Tuesday are reeling in shock.

The five died when the car they had hitchhiked home from school veered off the road and rolled several times at a local bridge.

The learners were aged between 15 and 18.

Some of their classmates had this to say: “A lot of learners come from other places other than Monsterlus so it must have been scary for them as well.”

Another one says, “We are very sad at the school because those girls were very well known and it is tough to see that just a distance to go home there is this much danger that can harm us as students.”

“In our class we lost a classmate. So it won’t be the same because we used to laugh and hang out together,” remembers a classmate.

Limpopo Education MEC, Polly Boshielo says the untimely death of five learners from the school is devastating. Four were in grade eleven, while one was in grade nine.

Boshielo visited the school and the homes of the deceased on Wednesday.

“It was very sad because the four of them were identified by the question paper of the exam they were writing. It were writing agriculture yesterday and the other one of grade 9. So it helped them in the identification. I don’t know, I am just devastated. I never thought this would happen.”

Illegal small scale miners in Limpopo seek mining permits
19 July 2019, 4:30 PM

Illegal small scale miners in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo have called on the Mineral Resources Department to issue them with mining permits.

Most residents are mining chrome, including in their backyards. Some have lost their lives while others were injured during the mining process.

Sekhukhune Small Scale Mining Association secretary – David Kgoete – says they would like to be treated like their counterparts in the Northern Cape who were given permits.

“As the Zama-Zamas we want to receive money legally not illegally because there are a lot that is happening that is caused by illegal mining. So we want them to make an intervention to give us the mining permits so that as a small scale mining association, we need to be seen mining legally rather than illegal mining. Since the deputy minister has left so it seems we are not getting any help anymore, so we need the minister to be intervening in this regard.”

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