Local business owners in the Atok region outside Burgersfort in Limpopo say their businesses have struggled to survive since the Bokoni platinum mine closed four years ago.
The closure of the mine has left more than 2,000 people unemployed.
In new developments, African Rainbow Minerals from mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is in talks with Anglo Platinum and Atlatsa Resources, to acquire and revive the Bokoni platinum mine.
Landowners and business owners say it has become difficult to make a living.
“I had rented fourteen rooms in total. Now these rooms are empty and dilapidated because I am unable to maintain them. I used to make a living with these rooms because my husband passed away in 2010. Now we are fighting and we want the mine to reopen so that the miners can come back and rent our rooms again, ”says a business owner.
“I was transporting minors here. Our business has been extremely affected as we are no longer able to make enough money. Now I only get two to three loads a day, but when the mine was running I could do up to ten loads a day. There is no money, which is why we are asking for the mine to reopen, ”explains another business owner.