In donating over 270ha to the Rustenburg municipality, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) hopes to change the conversation around land reform in SA. But detractors say the move is a drop in the ocean if mining is to truly redress its legacy of displacement and dispossession in SA. At a handover ceremony last week, Amplats donated the land, valued at R26m, to the Rustenburg Local Municipality and the Rustenburg Community Development Trust. The donation follows 204ha valued at R30.6m, which was given to the Rustenburg municipality in 2014. Complementing this is the company’s investment of R140m in bulk infrastructure. “In essence we, as a company, are creating a different narrative around sustainable land reform,” Amplats CEO Chris Griffith told Business Day ahead of the event. Of late, the land reform debate in SA has centred on the ANC’s contentious proposal of expropriation without compensation. And it’s emerged as a key concern for investors. Griffith says the handover demonstrates...

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