Corporate social responsibility
Our socio-economic impact
Our social and labour plans (SLPs), which are an important part of our Mining Charter Scorecard commitments and a pre-requisite for retaining our mining rights, drive the major part of our community investment.
The Mining Charter requires that we conduct a needs analysis by means of a community consultative and collaborative process. Our needs analysis not only included consulting with our local communities but also included consultation with the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN), the local government and the Rustenburg Municipality to ensure our projects either complemented or integrated with their plans. The RBN has a 30-year Master plan aimed at creating an environment in which people can live with dignity and have access to health, education and recreation facilities and employment opportunities that will allow them to maximize their abilities and talents. Local governments and municipalities have integrated development plans, which provide an overall framework for development aimed at improving the quality of life for all the people living in an area. Following this process we drew up our SLPs for the five-year period 2010 – 2014, which focus on our doorstep communities who live in four villages: Mafenya, Chaneng, Robega and Rasimone. Together they are informally known as MACHACHORA. The Robega village is on state-owned land and the other three villages are on RBN land.
In terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act, and the Mining Charter requirements, our SLP projects need to focus on five key areas:
- Basic infrastructure
- Poverty alleviation and job creation
- Community skills development
During the period covered by this SLP, changes were made to the RBN Master plan which meant it was not possible to carry out some of our projects. We consulted with the communities and the RBN on suitable replacement projects and submitted Section 102 applications to obtain DMR approval for these changes.
We completed all the projects we committed to in our 2010 – 2014 SLP ahead of time and, in consultation with the communities, included some additional projects over and above our original commitments.