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Working with Glencore has helped my business a lot

Author: | Date: 19/08/2021

Every five years, Glencore commits to new projects in terms of its Social and Labour Plan. These projects are decided on carefully, and only after thorough public participation processes with the members of Glencore’s local communities. 

“We want to make sure that we bring projects to life that are valuable to our communities,” says Dunkeld Molapisi, Rhovan Mine and Smelter’s CSI Manager, “and so we work closely with our nearby municipalities to help identify their most pressing needs.” In 2019, one such consultation revealed the need for a sports field in the community of Berseba in the Bojanala District Municipality, about 10km from Rhovan’s operations.

“A sports field can serve as a symbol of hope in a community – a space in which people can gather safely, where they can exercise, and where they can enjoy and participate in regular events,” Dunkeld adds. “A good sports fields is particularly valuable for the youth, who enjoy using it to play soccer with their friends after school.”

In response to this need, Rhovan set about building a sports field from scratch with the help and support of local contractors. Nick Mogale, who owns Matlafala Trading, for example, was commissioned to build the sports field’s ablution facilities. “I employed several local people for this project, including bricklayers and general labourers,” Nick explains. “This was the first time my business has done this sort of construction work, and it went really well.”

The experience Nick has gained has helped him to submit building proposals and to secure other related jobs. “Working with Glencore has helped my business a lot,” he adds. Nick has also learnt how to install artificial grass – a skill that will stand his business in good stead in the years to come.

Although the first phase of the project is complete, additional work will continue at the sports field for at least another three years. “The sports field is being used by both Berseba’s community members, and by the children of Berseba Primary School,” says Dunkeld.