THE North West provincial government said the best way to remember the human tragedy that happened in Marikana four years ago is to make sure the area is given due attention.
The message came at the time the province, South Africa and the entire world relived the horror massacre that left 34 people dead on August 16 in 2012.
Prior to the fateful day, 10 other people, including police officers, had been brutally killed in one of the ugliest mining labour unrest the world has ever seen.
Premier Supra Mahumapelo said that while the people of Marikana commemorate the tragedy, the entire society has to draw lessons on the need for peaceful coexistence and stability in the area.
He said it was imperative that the North West provincial government continues to partner with other spheres of government to ensure that services are delivered to the people of Marikana.
“The Marikana Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal Committee has been established and it comprises of a broad segment of stakeholders in Marikana. This committee seeks to draw all stakeholders in the area to work together for the attainment of long lasting peace and stability.
“We are however, still persuading AMCU to join the committee to ensure inclusivity of all stakeholders in Marikana,” he said.
In collaboration with the Rustenburg local municipality and the national Human Settlements department, the provincial government started a four-phased housing project.
Mahumapelo said that the first phase has 532 housing units, 252 of them are flats and 292 form part of the Breaking New Ground (BNG) project.
This phase is complete but there has been controversy on the beneficiaries. The matter is currently before the courts.
This has somehow delayed the start of phase two which Mahumepelo said will kick-in once the issue of illegal occupation is resolved.
The Rustenburg Local Municipality said it has established a R3m fire station so that Marikana residents no longer have to travel to Rustenburg to access the fire services.
The municipality is also in the process of establishing a public safety office which will provide vehicle road worthiness testing, learners licences and drivers’ licenses and many other services.
The provincial government said it wants to thanks and congratulate the people of Marikana for the prevalence of peace and stability in the area.
EFF leader, Julius Malema introduced the party’s councillor in the area and told residents gathered for the commemoration that more services will be delivered to the area.