In terms of the learnership programmes, the Company had two options for the communities. Some participants had to take a mining related route and others a business administration career path.
Nkwe Platinum Limited facilitated the training for those participants who wanted to follow the mining career path in the National Certificate Mining Operations (NCMO) for Underground Hard Rock, an NQF Level 2 and MQA accredited programme. The learnership is a structured learning programme which combines theory and practical on-the-job training over 12 months. The programme comprised 6 months theory with 6 months practical and participants were deployed to existing mines so that they could familiarise themselves with mining working environments.
The theory component of the programme was conducted at 2 different places, that is, at Ratau Primary School at Ga-Mpuru Village (a part of Garatouw farm) and Scotia Mine, Barberton, Mpumalanga. The practical component took place in Scotia Talc Mine in Barberton. A total of 44 participants from the communities of Ga -Mpuru and Ga – Komane villages successfully completed the learnership programme.
Upon completion of the programme, over 70% got hired by surroundings mines, and some were able to upgrade to higher levels of the same learnership programs.
The participants who wanted to follow the business career path were given an option to take a Business Administration course.
Nkwe Platinum Limited facilitated the enrolment of prospective learners at Ramokgopa and Senwabarwana campuses of Capricorn College for TVET so that they could pursue their studies and training. The Business Administration course consisted of the following courses: Business Management N4 Level diploma and the Finance and Accounting level 2 certificates. The duration of the training at Ramokgopa and Senwabarwana campuses was 18 and 12 months respectively.
Nkwe Platinum Limited will keep all the participants’ details in a database, for consideration when the Garatau mine commences operation. This will ensure that the community is the first to benefit when the mine becomes operational. The mine views capacitation of the community as being very critical if the mine is to be effective and beneficial to the community. As a Company, we will therefore continue to train and capacitate the communities surrounding us and those within the Sekhukhune district.