We have been working closely with communities near our operations and assisting community members with skills development, training, education, healthcare, and linking them to procurement opportunities where it is feasible.
We believe in seeking out, undertaking, and contributing to activities and programmes designed to improve people’s quality of life. Glencore aims to foster sustainable growth especially in those rural areas where inadequate service delivery negatively impacts on people. Part of this is to assist government in providing access to affordable healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
By working with our communities, we want to show all South Africans the positive ripple effects of these initiatives from an individual level all the way through to making the country a better place.
We have launched a community advertising campaign which highlights our contribution to improving the lives of South Africans through our community development initiatives and the employment we provide to locals.
Fundamental to our ad campaign is the campaign positioning: “Progress. Together. Individuals, families and whole communities.” The campaign portrays the positive ripple effect our community development efforts can have on individuals and communities.
Here are just a few examples of how our community development efforts are changing lives.
Being the first to graduate from University in her family, Daphney Khupari from the Tlakgameng village near Vryburg is one of many who have benefitted from bursaries provided by Glencore. With 28% of Glencore’s middle management being female, Daphney can see a clear career path for herself as an Instrument Technician.
Powers Motsileng, a young taxi driver from Sekhukhune, dreams came true when he got awarded the cleaning and gardening serviced contract, at the Lydenburg Smelter. With the support of Glencore, Powers is now able to grow his business consistently, employing 265 people from nearby communities, and train other local start-up businesses.
When 24-year-old Charmaine Mthimunye from Emalahleni, receives a bursary from Izimbiwa Coal to study towards her Electrical Engineering qualification, she recognises Glencore’s support will equip her for opportunities ahead. Charmaine now realised her potential in this industry, and is empowered to a mentor to other young girls one day.
Glencore’s local procurement and enterprise development initiatives, aim to mentor and train youth in mining communities. 34-year-old Gordon Rakitla from Emakhazeni grows concerned about the plight of the rising unemployment levels in his area. As a result, Gordon started a company called Sizwe Yoh Projects and Management. With the support from Wonderfontein Mine, Gordon is hired to do construction work at the mine, which further employs the youth from the local community.