Businesses wilt in the slipstream of BCL’s closure

The issue of BCL's closure is expected to dominate discussions in the STPC PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
The issue of BCL's closure is expected to dominate discussions in the STPC PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The word ‘imminent closure’ of the mine had been a household phrase in Selebi-Phikwe town until it became a reality on October 7 this year.

The town has been robbed of the P60 million BCL mine workers were paid every month and spent on the various businesses. The mine itself single-handedly supported the north-eastern town with supply contracts and purchases, over the years.

Workers at the mothballed mine are slowly adjusting to the fact that their jobs are in the wind. Together with them in misery is a large contingent of employees of contractors, who also reported to work as usual on the fateful day only to find the mine out of bounds.

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