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Beaming with hope‚ mineworker Nelson Zansi‚ is not only in Marikana to mine precious platinum for Lonmin. For him‚ North West‚ one of the richest platinum deposits in the world‚ is bubbling with hope of a better life‚ on the backdrop of the bloodiest history of post-apartheid South Africa. Nkaneng‚ a local settlement nothing more than just a cluster of shacks lining filth-laden and muddied walkways in Wonderkop (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 cattle to add to his growing livestock. “For R3000 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. I started with fo...

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