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As Mpumalanga towns plot future beyond coal, workers express pain over mine closures

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The Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, which is at the epicentre of South Africa’s coal industry, is revising its Local Economic Development (LED) strategy to take account of the anticipated closure of coal mines and power stations and create the framework for a more diversified economy. LED department assistant director Michael Nkosi reports that the council recognises the need to decouple the municipality from its current reliance on coal, as well as the risk that the mining towns that fall within its borders could become ghost towns should it fail to broaden its economic scope.

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