We have been working closely with communities near our operations and assisting community members with skills development, training, education, healthcare, and linking them to procurement opportunities where it is feasible.
We believe in seeking out, undertaking, and contributing to activities and programmes designed to improve people’s quality of life. Glencore aims to foster sustainable growth especially in those rural areas where inadequate service delivery negatively impacts on people. Part of this is to assist government in providing access to affordable healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
By working with our communities, we want to show all South Africans the positive ripple effects of these initiatives from an individual level all the way through to making the country a better place.
We have launched a community advertising campaign which highlights our contribution to improving the lives of South Africans through our community development initiatives and the employment we provide to locals.
Fundamental to our ad campaign is the campaign positioning: “Progress. Together. Individuals, families and whole communities.” The campaign portrays the positive ripple effect our community development efforts can have on individuals and communities.
Here are just a few examples of how our community development efforts are changing lives.
04 June 2020 – As part of Glencore’s commitment to progressing together with South Africans, Glencore Ferroalloys has partnered with Re-Action to offer support in the rollout of relief efforts to members of the #Khomani San community situated in the Kgalagadi in the Mier Municipal area, one of the most desolate areas in the ZF Mgcawu District, Northern Cape. Glencore’s community support initiatives aim to ensure that communities like the #Khomani San are not forgotten during this time as their primary source of income is driven by the tourism industry and due to the restrictions of the lockdown this has been severely impacted.
“The #Khomani San are First people in Southern Africa and there are only 28 crafter families left in the Kgalagadi. Their abilty to make unique crafts and paintings has been passed on to them through generations”, said Sharon White, Executive Director at Re-Action. “Through this partnership with Re-Action, Glencore Ferroalloys has been able to donate much needed food supplies to help support families and ensure that this community is not neglected during this devastating pandemic,” she added.
“As humanity is the only currency that matters during a crisis like this, we identified the need to extend a helping hand to one of the most marginalized communities in South Africa, and ensure that they have sufficient food supplies during this global crisis. It is a matter of extreme importance to us that we do our part in helping alleviate the effects of this pandemic especially to those in the most vulnerable conditions with limited accessibility.” said Conroy van der Westhuizen, General Manager CSR at Glencore Ferroalloys
The #Khomani San and their families rely solely on SASSA grants and selling arts and crafts to tourists as means of income. They are therefore dependent on the tourism trade passing through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The absence of tourists has made this period even harder to endure, leaving them reliant on support from local partnerships and NGO funding. The collaboration between Re-Action and Glencore Ferroalloys brought much needed interim relief this vulnerable community has one less thing to worry about, knowing that their nutritional needs will.
28 May 2020 - Mining giant Glencore in South Africa has responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for corporates in the country to play an active role in assisting distressed communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will donate over R23 million in funding, goods, as well as services to communities across the country in response to some of the societal needs that have risen during the lockdown period.
The contribution is a joint effort between Glencore South Africa’s two major businesses, Coal South Africa and Ferroalloys who adapted their existing social investment programmes to address the changing social needs of communities due to COVID-19. Many of Glencore’s operations are located in remote areas with limited public health care systems and with COVID-19 being an even greater threat to such communities, the company continues to work closely with local municipalities and government departments to identify the key needs in each community and provide the most effective response.
“As our host communities continue to deal with challenges raised by this pandemic, and true to our ethos of progressing together, it remains our priority to assist with initiatives that truly make a difference to their lives. We are very proud of the efforts we have carried out so far and over the next few months we will continue to roll out more initiatives together with our partners to help our communities through this pandemic.” said Murray Houston, CEO, Glencore Coal, South Africa.
Funding has been contributed to various initiatives which include; the provision of screening and testing in communities, the supply of water tanks in water scarce communities, access to e-Learning programmes to support learners while schools remain closed, mass fabric mask production and distribution, supply of food aid, mass distribution of sanitizers and infrared thermometers, mobile toilets and the roll out of Wi-Fi hotspots to name a few. In addition to this, Glencore has also made provision of hospital equipment such as extra beds and protective personal equipment for health workers in order to assist local hospitals and clinics to be able to provide adequate healthcare to those who are affected by the pandemic
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected South Africans from all walks of life and we have made major commitments to help boost government’s efforts and ease the pressure felt by citizens during this tough period. Now more than ever our communities need access to necessities such as clean water, hygiene products and medical equipment to protect them from infection and we will continue to do our part to provide these amenities where possible.” said Glencore Ferroalloys CEO, Japie Fullard.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge not just for South Africans but the world at large, and as a responsible operator, Glencore continues to draw inspiration from its values of openness, integrity, safety, responsibility and entrepreneurialism to help combat the further spread of this pandemic while protecting the safety and health of our dedicated workforce and our host communities.
Powers Motsileng, a young taxi driver from Sekhukhune, dreams came true when he got awarded the cleaning and gardening serviced contract, at the Lydenburg Smelter. With the support of Glencore, Powers is now able to grow his business consistently, employing 265 people from nearby communities, and train other local start-up businesses.
Glencore’s local procurement and enterprise development initiatives, aim to mentor and train youth in mining communities. 34-year-old Gordon Rakitla from Emakhazeni grows concerned about the plight of the rising unemployment levels in his area. As a result, Gordon started a company called Sizwe Yoh Projects and Management. With the support from Wonderfontein Mine, Gordon is hired to do construction work at the mine, which further employs the youth from the local community.