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Ha Koporala




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Section Section 1-3  Personal and family history: married with six children Her children’s activities and their schooling She and her husband had a formal marriage, and they did not elope.
Section 3-4  Games she played when she was a girl (and gathering wood) Songs, including an untranslated wedding song.
Section 4-5  She stopped school in order to look after her younger sibling and the animals, as her father was disabled by his work in the mines. He then made his living by building houses. She married and never returned to school Now her husband is not working. They manage because her son has some piece work with LHDA – others disapprove of his appointment
Section 6-7  Her best field is to be covered by reservoir waters Promised food and cash as compensation Farming: practised inter-cropping and crop rotation -learnt from her parents
Section Section 8-9  Uncertainty about her relocation possibilities Her other fields are on the plateau and will not be affected by the dam, but the soil is not as good and doesn’t yield enough crops Now only has a small plot for vegetables in front of house, but the animals destroy plants.
Section 9-11  Water supply – springs: want to cover springs properly but no cash to buy cement to do so. Not sure if water causes disease or not Epidemics of diarrhoea from time to time
Section Section 11-13  Transport in past problematic; LHDA road is welcomed and so are bridges across the rivers.
Section 13-15  Wants to move to a place which is familiar: “Coming to my opinion about moving, I can just say; I have accepted. Whether I like it or not, we simply have to accept.” Would like to move to Ha Koporala-Moreng because it is near the road Husband no longer employed by mines; family helped by her son’s employment with the project.
Section 15-16  Heard from others about compensation and beautiful houses Promises of jobs (with the project) are never kept and “outsiders” get the jobs: “Many people are hungry and therefore need work. So I don’t mind when people are working. The only thing that does not satisfy me is that most of these people come from outside our area, our people here are just watching them work and they do nothing. We are told that these people are experts, they know this and that. It is not fair.”
Section Section 17-18  Actually there is nothing I will miss when I leave this place. There is nothing special here which I will not find where I am going, this includes wild vegetables and firewood.” Services: churches, schools and clinics. “The services are good, but they have transferred better qualified nurse whom we trusted and loved. They have left a lower qualified one now.” No secondary school here, don’t know how to lobby for one Extra income: “It’s true we are not working, but there are some means of making money like brewing and selling of beer.”
Section 19  Loss of confidence in LHDA as they are not keeping promises. For example, “when the owners of the fields, which were taken, were promised jobs, which never worked
Section 20-21  Local committees - their work is limited because, “Jealousy is controlling them.” The issue of transferring the ancestors’ graves