“At the time, the task team comprised officials from the Ministry of Mineral Resources, MEC and the mayors of Newcastle and Amajuba. In 2017, the task team was discontinued and a technical task team continued to operate under the leadership of the departments of Mineral Resources and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,” he said.
Thabethe said the municipality needed to find funding to move the households that border the mine.
He said the municipality could not quantify how many people were involved in illegal mining. He added they were trying to create work opportunities for illegal miners.
Ward councillor Grace Mnguni said illegal mining had been taking place in Blaauwbosch for decades.