In a letter to the Bapo Ba Mogale Tribal Authority in August, the department said that it had conducted the audit, which showed that the world’s third biggest platinum producer had not complied with commitments made in 2014 - two years after 44 mineworkers died violently in what ultimately became known as the Marikana massacre.
“The finding was that Lonmin did not comply with the commitments made in their Social and Labour Plans of 2014 to 2018, the focus was however on the 2014 to 2017 commitments,” said the DMR regional office in the North West in a letter to Bapo Ba Mogale.
Business Report is in possession of a copy of the letter.
Bapo Ba Mogale, who are a host community of Lonmin mines in Rustenburg, said the miner was sitting on R300million earmarked for training locals as part of the SLP. Section 93 of the MPRDA gives the department the right to enforce compliance with the act by ordering mines to cease operations.