A handful of residents in the small town of Dingleton‚ near Sishen‚ are resisting attempts by Kumba Iron Ore to move them from their homes to make way for mining. This week, some residents claimed that rocks came down near their houses as Kumba started blasting close to the town‚ in what the residents see as a new attempt to force them to leave. The blasting on Tuesday left the streets littered with shards of rock‚ residents said. Dingleton sits over iron ore that Kumba wants to mine. The 25 families refusing to move are demanding higher compensation for their homes than Kumba is offering. The relocation of 517 households to the nearby town of Kathu began in 2014‚ and was meant to be completed by the end of 2016. Kumba says some of the residents requested the move. "We believe that Kumba is mining illegally‚" said Jacob Rooiland‚ a resident of Dingleton who has refused to move. He said that although Kumba has the right to mine‚ the company should respect the buffer zone that prevent...

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