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The Social Impact of Mining Activities on Surrounding Communities in Lesotho: Case of Morija Stone Mine and Crushers in Morija

Rantlo. A. M

The study was designed to assess the social impact of Morija stone mine and crushers activities on the surrounding communities of Morija. Primary data was collected through semi-structure questionnaires, focus group discussions and interviews from 50 local inhabitants, 1 local chief and 10 officials from both public and private sectors. Descriptive statistical techniques employing frequencies, percentages and means as statistical techniques were used. The results revealed that mining activities have not led to crime, prostitution and population growth and also has not led to employment creation, economic and business development, poverty reduction and infrastructural development. Concerning environmental impact, the mining activities have led to water, air and noise pollution which probably had health implications in the Morija community. Recommendations include adoption and implementation of corporate investment and social responsibility strategy and adherence to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework.

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