Glencore Ferroalloys hosts sod turning event to mark the beginning of the construction of a new Thuthuzela Care Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa
Glencore Ferroalloys has responded to government’s call for corporates and various members of society to support Thuthuzela Care Centres in the fight against violence on women and children. Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) are one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary victimisation and to build a case ready for successful prosecution. Fifty-one centres have been established since 2006, and as of 8 October 2021, Glencore Ferroalloys, in partnership with the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), have added one more centre to this number after hosting a sod turning event to mark the beginning of its construction.
The event was held at the Dilokong Hospital in the Gowe Village, which falls under the Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality where the new centre will be built. The Dilokong Hospital services 166 villages, with an estimated population of 335 676, making it the perfect place to build the new centre, as it ensures that enough people in the community will have access to it and get the help they need.
“Today’s sod turning event marks the beginning of a project that will greatly impact our fight against gender-based violence which continues to be a deep concern in our country. The rape of women and children forms a big part of gender-based violence, and often a number of these cases go either unreported or unsolved, making it harder for victims to get the support they need in order to begin their healing process. The work being done in Thuthuzela Care Centres all over the country is incredibly pivotal, and Glencore is beyond proud to start the process of ensuring that our own community members have access to this support as well. I certainly look forward to coming back to this very site when the construction is completed, and we can begin the important work of supporting women and children, who are victims of rape in this community,” said Glencore CSR Superintendent, Ntombizodwa De Toit.
The event was also attended by the Mayor of the Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality, Councillor RL Mamekoa, Thuthuzela representatives, officials from the Department of Health, Social Development, the NPA, members from the SAPS, as well as local community leaders who all came to pay testament to the beginning of the construction of this very important centre.
Mr Jeffrey Seroka, who delivered a message of support from the NPA, said that the centre couldn’t have come at a better time, as the support it brings has become an essential need in the community. “Femicide and GBV cases are increasing at an alarming rate in the area of Tubatse. Almost every day I handle cases where kids and women have been killed, so this centre has an immense role to play in this community. For this reason, I really want to thank Glencore for what they have done, and we know that it will go a long way to make an impact. Glencore has done its part by taking this step, and now we as the NPA, members of the SAPS, social workers and the community at large must do our part to continue the fight against GBV in this community,” he said.
Some of the services and supportive tools community members can expect to get from the centre include the following:
Medical examinations for victims
Evidence accumulation by a trusted investigator
Counselling for victims by a social worker or nurse
Treatment and medication for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV and AIDS
Consultations with a specialist prosecutor before the case goes to court
Court preparation by a victim assistant officer
An explanation of the outcome and update of the trial process by a case manager
The construction of the Dilokong Hospital Thuthuzela Care Centre is expected to end in December, after which it will be up and running and ready to service community members in need. This project forms part of Glencore’s continued commitment to make a lasting impact and create progress together for the communities near their operations.
Councillor Mamekoa pledged his support to Glencore and the new centre, saying the municipality would play its part in ensuring its success. “We are currently living under very difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has become clear that gender-based violence is also a pandemic on its own, and we have seen what a negative impact it has made in our own community. There are three provinces that have the highest rates of GBV cases in our country, and the Tubatse area forms as part of those three. This gives a very clear indication of how important what Glencore has done in this community is. I want to thank Glencore for leading the way in this fight and for proving that together, we can do more,” he concluded.
In addition to building the new centre, Glencore has also undertaken the renovation of other Thuthuzela Care Centres in the Witbank/Emalahleni, Brits and Rustenburg communities. This is to ensure that they continue to run effectively and with all the required resources needed to adequately support victims.
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We began marketing activities in South Africa in 1974, and mining in 1988. Glencore has a strong presence in both the coal and ferroalloy sectors and is a major contributor to the local, provincial, and national economies and have almost 16,800 employees and contractors. We are a leading producer of thermal coal which is intended for the domestic and export market. Thermal (or “steam”) coal is mainly used in power generation. Our coal operations are located near eMalahleni, Middelburg and Belfast in the Mpumalanga province.
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