We believe that the development of enterprises is closely related to the sustainable development of communities. By embarking on local and inclusive procurement initiatives as well as local enterprise, supplier and youth empowerment, South Africa Zijin Platinum (Pty) Ltd hopes to contribute to long-term and sustainable economic growth for the mine communities.

Learnership Programme

Nkwe Platinum Limited has rolled out training for the National Certificate in Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock NQF level 2 in two phases. The first intake saw seven (7) learners from Hoepakrantz (Mabhedla) and De Kom (Ga Komane) villages enrolled from the 30th of August 2021 for the twelve-month long learnership programme. The two-month learnership will empower learners with the technical knowledge and skills required to supervise teams in mining operations. The second intake is scheduled to commence in January 2022 for learners from Garatouw and Maandagshoek.

Seven learners from Hoepakrantz (Mabendla) and De Kom (Ga Komane) villages that are enrolled for a National Certificate in Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock Level 2 learnership.

Local Economic Development

Garatouw Community Access Road

As part of its first generation Social and Labour Plan (SLP), Nkwe Platinum Limited integrated with the Municipality’s Development Plan to embark on the upgrade of the road from Boschoff hospital to Makhwai village. The village is located in the Maandagshoek area. Due to the poor roads, the community is challenged with access to health care services and schools. The dirt roads that the households of Garatouw use on a daily basis became increasingly unsafe over the rainy season and during periodic flooding.

The project entailed the upgrade of approximately 4km of the main community gravel road along the HC Boschoff Health Centre to the Makhwai village to a 6m wide dual lane sealed road and approximately 600m of local access gravel road to a 3m wide single lane sealed road leading to a Community Hall. The main road provides a link between the R37 north of Burgersfort through the community areas of Setshitshi and Ga Makhwai and linking to a main access road at Diphale. A total of R22 million was invested by Nkwe Platinum Limited in the upgrading of this Garatau Community Access Road.

Water supply project

In October 2020, the second generation SLP was approved, which will see further local economic development projects in the form of clean water supply to the local mine communities over the next few years. The company accelerated its water supply projects across the four communities of Garatouw, Maandagshoek, Hoepakrantz and De Kom as from the month of July 2021 to date. Water supply boreholes have been drilled at Maandagshoek, Garatouw and Hoepakrantz as part of phase 1 of the project and equipping of the boreholes with pumps, stands, Jojo tanks and taps is currently ongoing. Phase 2 of the water supply project will commence in January 2022.

Garatouw (at Ga Mpuru village) – Equipping and installation of Jojo tanks is at an advanced stage. Borehole awaits power connection by Eskom.

Fully equipped and operational water borehole at Ga Mabilo village (Garatouw).