Mining & Industry News
18 October 2021

Sam Monare is living proof of how Tharisa Mine’s empowerment initiatives are helping local community members to realise their dreams through its social and labour plan (SLP).

This includes encouraging the development of black empowerment business entities as well as providing opportunities for these businesses to provide goods and services.

Monare, a 43-year-old mechanic from Marikana, is now the proud owner of SM Vehicle Solutions. The company is responsible for assessing trucks to make sure they are roadworthy and meet the required safety standards to transport chrome ore from the mine.

Monare’s company – which was established after Tharisa took him through an intensive training and workshop programme – is also responsible for issuing certificates allowing truck drivers whose vehicles would have successfully gone through the assessment to carry out their duties.

On Thursday 7 October, Tharisa Mine handed over equipment that will enhance SM Vehicle Solutions’ ability to effectively carry out their services. During the handover, employees from Tharisa, service providers and other stakeholders in the mining sector congratulated Monare and wished him well.

“Sam has been accredited and trained and his services will add much value to Tharisa Mine,” Jaco Fick, director at NSDN said during the handover of the equipment.

A visibly excited Monare was optimistic that his company will grow in the coming years and eventually employ more people: “At the moment I am working with one person. I am determined to increase this number.

I am very grateful to Tharisa and the only way to repay them is to make a success of the opportunity I have been given. I have two children and SM Vehicle Solutions will help me to give them the very best start in life.”

From left: Tharisa SLP manager Pebetse Mabaso, stock control superintendent Clive Mpe, SM Vehicle Solutions manager Sam Monare, SM Vehicle Solutions diesel mechanic Steven Kekana and NSDN director Jaco Fick.
Sam Monare is grateful for the empowerment and support he received from NSDN and Tharisa Mine.


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