Beaming with hope‚ mineworker Nelson Zansi is not in Marikana only to mine platinum for Lonmin. For him‚ North West‚ one of the richest platinum deposits in the world‚ is bubbling with hope of a better life‚ against the backdrop of the bloodiest history of post-apartheid SA. Nkaneng‚ a settlement that is little more than a cluster of shacks lining filth-laden and muddied walkways in Wonderkop (the official name of the area) is also a profitable breeding ground for cattle‚ which migrant labourers like Zansi haul back in the Eastern Cape. He had no livestock when he left his rural village of Ngqeleni‚ in the Eastern Cape‚ to seek employment in the platinum belt three years ago. Today‚ Zansi has 26 cattle to his name back home and next year he is sending home eight more. "For R3,000 you get a bouncy calf. With good and accessible grazing land as well as the support of the community of breeders here‚ it is promising," he says. "I started with four (calves) and then I pooled with other m...

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