The Council of Geo-Science has announced that gold and other deposits have been discovered in the Giyani area under the Mopani district in Limpopo.

The council’s CEO,  Mosa Mabuza told delegates at the Limpopo Mining Investment Conference, that has come to an end, that scientists and engineers conducted research in the area .

Mabuza says, “Gold is absolutely there and we are doing further assessment to ascertain whether that gold can be economically extracted, if indeed we made this discovery, it will have a huge impact in that part of the world.”

Limpopo community want two local mines to reopen

Representatives of the Magademang Untweng mining community in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo who attended the two-day Limpopo Mining Investment Conference in Polokwane want the local Twickenham and Bakoni Platinum mines in Atok to reopen.

The two mines closed about three years ago as they are undergoing care and maintenance.

Community representative at the conference, Eric Makula says the opening of the mines will create jobs.

Makula says, “We want to know the future of this Twickenharm mine, we cannot just fold our arms while we are suffering and other mines are operating producing platinum but Twickentham is closed. We just want know why because our communities are suffering, there is a lot of tsotsis (thieves) because there is no employment.”

Protest

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, residents from 11 villages from Ga Rasai Traditional Area in the North West held a protest march to Assen Iron Ore mine near Brits.

The community will deliver a memorandum regarding royalties to the mine.

VIDEO: SABC News reporter Tebogo Phakedi shares more details regarding the march: