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Johannesburg, South Africa
September 2021

Glencore Rhovan Mine handed over four CSR projects to their local communities in the Bethanie area in the North West province. The handover was held at the Berseba Sports Ground, which forms part of the four projects, and was attended by Glencore executives, DMRE officials, members from the local municipality and community leaders. 

Glencore Ferroalloys Chief Community and Social Responsibility Officer, Conroy van der Westhuizen, thanked the Rhovan Mine team who had worked tirelessly to ensure the completion of each project. “Today is a very auspicious occasion because we have fulfilled what we have said we would, which is ‘Progress Together’. This underpins the very ethos of us as a responsible and reputable operator. It is noteworthy to further mention that we wouldn’t be here if it was not for the commitment from the Rhovan Mine team to improve the lives of the people in this community. As a result of mutual shared value, we are able to celebrate each and every one of the projects being handed over today and the indelible difference they will make in the lives of those who come from this area,” he said.

The four CSR projects are as a result of Glencore’s commitment to working closely with its host communities in order to identify their needs and roll-out initiatives and projects which are a direct solution to the issues faced by community members. On the day, Rhovan Mine handed over the following projects: 

•    The Bakwena Ba Mogopa Business Hub, which allows local communities to meet their business needs and gives them access to computers and free Wi-Fi as and when they require it. The facility is located in the Bethanie area and is valued at around R3 million. 
•    The Dimapo Primary School classrooms were built after the school reached out to the mine due to the fact that they had a shortage of classrooms. Rhovan assisted the school by building two large classrooms with storage facilities, valued at around R900 000. 
•    The Modikiwe Primary School ablution facility was financed by Glencore to improve hygiene at the school. Rhovan invested over R1.2 million in the project, which is also in line with government’s resolve to eradicate pit latrines for student safety.
•    The Berseba Sports field, which was used as the event venue for the handover, is worth over R8 million and was built to accommodate the school’s sporting activities. Rhovan is also adding a local gym facility in the same vicinity for community members to use. 

The CEO of Glencore Ferroalloys, Japie Fullard, said the most important aspect of all the projects was how they used workforce from the different communities, creating job opportunities for locals. “It is of utmost importance to us as Glencore to be inclusive in the projects that we roll out. We do this by ensuring that, where feasible, we create opportunities for those in our communities which will ultimately also improve their livelihoods. The decision to employ and upskill our very own community members in building each of these projects is an important part of what we at Glencore call progress together. In closing, whatever we do, wherever we go, Glencore takes pride in creating progress and a lasting impact,” he said. 

Also in attendance was the Deputy Minister of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Dr Nobuhle Nkabane, who applauded Glencore for adhering to the Mining Charter, which obligates all recipients of mining rights to commit themselves to local development amongst the communities in which they operate. “I am happy that today we are witnessing the progress made by Glencore towards fulfilling its obligations. We have also noted that local entrepreneurs were awarded procurement opportunities to partner with experienced contractors in executing the various projects. We applaud this because it shows that Glencore has taken a holistic approach to local development, which augurs well for sustainable development going forward,” she said. 

The joyous occasion marks the beginning of many other handovers to come as Glencore continues to roll out impactful projects that aim to outlive the lifespan of the mine, and continue to create progress together for community members for years to come.

For further information please contact:
Shivani Chetram    
t: +27 11 772 0650    
Shivani.Chetram@glencore.co.za

Notes for Editors
Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining, metallurgical and oil production assets.
With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices. Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 135,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Our ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050.

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.

Our Ferroalloys business is one of the world's largest integrated ferrochrome producers. Ferrochrome has anti-corrosive properties and around 80% goes into the production of stainless steel. Our chrome and vanadium operations are located across the mineral-rich Bushveld Complex of South Africa's North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

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