Glencore Tweefontein partners with Paramount Tracks to support local farming community

posted: 05/11/2021

Johannesburg, South Africa
November 2021

Glencore continues to work closely with communities near its operations with the goal of impacting meaningful change that will benefit its communities. In its latest social upliftment project, Glencore Tweefontein Complex partnered with one of its contractors, Paramount Tracks, to support the Siyasebenza Agricultural Cooperation in Limpopo. 

Tweefontein Complex supported the Siyasebenza Agricultural Cooperation by providing them with vegetable seeds and agricultural training to help the community members gain skills and knowledge for more sustainable practices and growth in farming.

In addition, Paramount Tracks also assisted the farming community by providing them with borehole water. They upgraded a borehole to provide residents with around 100 000 litres of water per day. With this partnership, every household now has access to clean running water, which they previously did not have, and water for irrigation.

“We are thankful to Paramount Tracks for their leadership and partnership with us. It’s with this partnership that we are able to empower the people of Waltervreden Farm with equitable access to safe water. The most impactful initiatives happen when there is collaboration between us and our contractors for the benefit of our communities,” said Lucky Mabuza, Assistant General Manager at Tweefontein, Glencore.

Managing Director for Paramount (Equipment), Owen Darko, echoed Glencore’s sentiments on the importance of partnerships and being of service to communities. “We take pleasure in doing community work in the communities where we operate so that they too get the benefits that we are getting. Clean water is absolutely critical – especially now during the pandemic – for cleaning surfaces, washing hands and clothes, and keeping hydrated. We hope to bring more blessings to the community and we thank Glencore for making this partnership possible,” he concluded.

As an extension of this support, Glencore Coal has also had beneficiaries coming from the farming community. This is part of Glencore’s ongoing skills development programme where they aim to upskill community members in different skill sets in order to set them up for better entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.

For further information please contact:
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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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