COMMUNITIES BENEFIT from the Anglo American Platinum in the Limpopo Province.
It is said companies that invest in areas they operate businesses; there seem to be a cordial relationship with community members.
The company has identified and injected millions into 19 projects such as education, healthcare and agriculture as part of Social and Labour Plan (SLP) initiatives in communities around the Twickenham and Der Brochen mining projects.
This would result in 170 local jobs and skills development opportunities in the area, following R220m injection.
In Twickenham, Anglo American Platinum has implemented and is handing over the following initiatives:
*Setlamorago Primary School : construction of a new school with a state –of –the -art education facility including classrooms, a library, a science laboratory, an administration block, ablution facilities, walkways and a guardhouse. Over 140 learners are benefiting from this facility.
*Mpetje Primary School: renovation of a dilapidated school and construction of a new administration block. Approximately 483 learners from Morapaneng, Ditwebeleng and Tethabaneng villages attend the school.
*Moseki Secondary School: renovation of classrooms and construction of additional classrooms to accommodate the growing number of learners from Makgopa, Seelane, Mosotse, Serafa and Ga -Mashabela villages.
Phase two development of Mokgopa Road:
Construction of a 20km stretch of a tar road from Atok, passing through Ga – Mashabela to Ga Selepe area, ensuring better access to transport for residents of surrounding areas. A partnership agreement with Roads Agency Limpopo was signed in August 2016 for phase three to construct an additional 20km road by 2018. To date, 2.2km of tar road connecting Seelane to the Makgopa has been completed.
In Der Brochen, the company has implemented and is handing over the following initiatives:
*Mmahlagare Combined School: partnership with the Limpopo Education Trust (managed by The Provincial Department of Education) to construct five classrooms and an administration block to reduce classroom overcrowding.
The school caters for approximately 522 learners from grade R to grade 9.
*Gobotse Secondary School in Ga Malekana: Constructi on of an administration block.
*Maseven Clinic: construction of a centrally-located primary health care services clinic serving residents of the Maseven, Kutullo and Ngwaabe villages.
Food security initiative
Established Cooperatives and Communal Property Associations (CPAs) at the St George and Kalkfontein farms, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
Kalkfontein is currently being used for crop farming of chilies, tomatoes, spinach, beetroot, sugar beans and butternut and supply retail stores in Burgersfort, while St George is dedicated to farming.
“Anglo American Platinum is committed to supporting the country’s transformation and economic development objectives.
Our Social and Labour Plans are an important element of this and we believe that local partnerships are key to delivering meaningful and sustainable benefits to host communities.
We’re pleased to handover these projects in Twickenham and Der Brochen, which bring important improvements in education, healthcare, and infrastructure, as well as economic opportunities through farming,” says Chris Griffith, chief executive- Anglo American Platinum.