Mining & Industry News
04 October 2021

Rustenburg – On Monday 20 September, Glencore Rhovan mine handed over four CSR projects to their local communities situated around the Bethanie area, in North West.

The handover was held at the Berseba Sports Field which forms part of the four projects and was attended by Glencore executives, DMRE officials, the Bakwena Ba Mogopa Traditional Council, members from the local municipality and community leaders. 

The Bakwena Ba Mogopa Local Business Incubation Business Hub which gives local budding entrepreneurs business training and access to computers and free WI-FI as and when they require it. The facility is located in the Bethanie area and was built at a cost of just over R3.3 million. 

The Dimapo Primary School classrooms were built after the school reached out to the mine about their administration room being turned into a classroom due to a shortage of classrooms. Rhovan assisted the school by building two large classrooms with storage facilities which was all valued at just over R900,000. 

The Modikiwe, Primary School Ablution facility which is located in Modikiwe was financed by Rhovan Mine to improve hygiene at the school after noting the condition of the previous ablution facilities which were not up to standard. Rhovan invested over R1.2 million on 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 and is also open to all community members. Rhovan is also adding a local outdoor gym facility in the same vicinity for community members to use. 

The CEO of Glencore Ferroalloys Japie Fullard, who was the keynote speaker on the day, said the most important aspect of all the projects was how they used workforce from the different local communities which helped to create job opportunities for community members.

“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 as 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 where they operate. 

From left: Glencore Rhovan chief operating officer Adriaan Brugman, Bakwena ba Mogopa paramount chief kgosikgolo Tebogo Reneilwe Motheo, Mineral Resources and Energy Deputy Minister Dr. Nobuhle Nkabane and Glencore Rhovan community social investment manager Dunked Molapisi.
The brand-new sports field in Barseba. 

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