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Tears well up in Regina Mahengo’s eyes as she speaks of living with her two children again and being reunited with her family after a year of separation since starting work at Northam Platinum. Since 2017 Mahengo had lived in Northam Platinum’s single mine quarters in the remote outpost of the Zondereinde mine near Thabazimbi, leaving her young children with family in Soshanguve near Pretoria. She successfully applied to Northam for a house and financial assistance in a scheme that will provide her with her own home. "I’m so happy we’ll be a proper family again," she says. Bheki Nhleko, a 40-year-old laboratory assistant who has been with Northam for 17 years, has just bought a house in the Northam housing scheme, bringing his wife and four children aged between three and 12 to live with him. "I am more than excited. My children kept asking why they couldn’t come visit me where I was staying for so many years, but there just wasn’t space. Now we are going to be together again, all o...

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