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Mining and Agriculture in Delmas

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People sit outside their house at dawn.  They have access to electricity and will be able to switch on lights as it gets darker.

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Although people have access to electricity many still use fire to cook their food.

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Electricity pylons on a farm near Delmas.

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Heaps of coal dust next to a field of Maize.

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Power station behind heaps left over from mining activity

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Heaps of earth from previous mining activity.

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Land that should have been rehabilitated after mining activity.

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Cattle on Peet Bezuidenhout’s farm.

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Cattle grazing on Peet’s farm.  This farm is surrounded by mines.

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Peet on his farm with visible mining activity behind him.

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Fire on a farm just outside Delmas.  Some farmers burn the land before working on it.

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Heavy trucks use the roads surrounding Delmas.

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Mining activity just outside Delmas.

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A bakkie full of wood just outside Delmas.

I went to Delmas with Beeld’s environmental journalist , Elise Tempelhoff, to look at mining activities around farms.  I took these pictures about mining, agriculture and energy around town and on Peet Bezuidenhout’s farm.  The area was traditionally known for farming (especially maize) but coal mining is increasing rapidly in the area.  The coal is used to feed the increasing demand for electricity in South Africa but valuable agriculture land is being lost to the mining activity.

Read Elise’s story in Beeld.

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