Mining with Principles - Jessie's story
| Date: 26/07/2018
In 2015, when we were investing $800 million in our Tweefontein Optimisation Project – a major brownfield development north east of Johannesburg, South Africa – we partnered with the Department of Basic Education, putting almost $6 million into the relocation, expansion and improvement of the Makause Combined School: a key component in the relocation of 120 families from rural Tweefontein to Phola township.
The relocation and upgrade brought an immediate economic boost to the district, providing more than 300 temporary jobs in a 17 month project that doubled the size of the school. The new, permanent facility houses 32 classrooms, science laboratories, home economics facilities, wood and metal workshops, a library, a computer centre, and a hall large enough to accommodate its 1200 students, from pre-primary age through to secondary.
On completion, the new facilities were handed over to the Department of Basic Education, who will now use it to educate and empower future generations of South Africans, both for their benefit and for the economic and social progress of the region.
More recently, we have been working with schools in the Mpumalanga province on an e-learning project. The schools are now getting access to interactive maths and sciences lessons by experienced teachers through the Ligbron e-Learning System. Already, there has been a 40 percent improve in these matric subject grades since the initiative launched.
Watch Jessie's story below, and for more stories like this one, visit the International Council for Mining and Metals' (ICMM) website. Mining with Principles is a campaign by ICMM to highlight how mining can create meaningful development opportunities for host communities around the world.