OUR STORY OF ROYAL BAFOKENG PLATINUM IS TRULY A STORY OF MORE THAN MINING, AND DATES BACK LONG BEFORE OUR LISTING ON THE JSE ON 8 NOVEMBER 2010.
It is a story of the Bafokeng people, who have been occupying the valley between the Pilanesberg mountains and the town of Rustenburg for more than 800 years. These strong men and women have continuously overcome great odds, many ethnic conflicts and even had to send regiments of men on foot to work 400km away from home, at the then newly discovered diamond fields in Kimberley, to bring back their hard-earned wages to their community to repurchase the land on which they were staying on. Those were the earnings which bought the deeds to the land, which the Bafokeng still occupy to this day. It is also the land where the world’s largest platinum deposits were later discovered.
After many years of legal battles to protect their rights to the minerals, battles which they ultimately won, the Bafokeng decided to corporatize their structures to manage their mining interests, separate from the administration.
This corporatization gave birth to the listing of RBPlat on the 8th of November 2010; the first and the only community-owned company to be listed on the JSE.
To give impetus to these crucial events at RBPlat, we set firm our belief and commitment to operating within the context of More than Mining. Additionally, we took on the crocodile eye (the crocodile is a genealogical totem of the Bafokeng people) embedded within an aerial view of an open pit mine, as our logo. This is a strong and constant reminder of the reason for our existence, and is also a reaffirmation of our origin and heritage. It is a firm commitment to people (our beneficiaries) to deliver value that is more than just mining.
The history of the Bafokeng people and the story behind RBPlat and what it stands for today, is deeply interwoven with this tradition — mining that is used for good and that brings goodness and prosperity to the people.