Social Contribution

OUR PURPOSE IS TO CREATE ECONOMIC VALUE THAT WE CAN SHARE WITH ALL OUR STAKEHOLDERS

The communities in which we operate are key stakeholders with whom we wish to share the economic value we create and to whom we wish to leave a lasting legacy of sustainable benefits. Our social and labour plans (SLPs), which are an important part of our Mining Charter Scorecard commitments and a prerequisite for retaining our mining rights, drive the major part of our community investment.

We want to achieve real change for employees and communities through delivering on our SLP commitments and building social capital and not merely complying with legislation and regulations.

Protecting human rights

We incorporate the UNGC’s principles into our policies and procedures and in terms of our approach to social and relationship capital. Our aspiration to deliver More than mining includes our support of internationally proclaimed human rights, ensuring we are not complicit in human rights abuses (Principles 1 and 2); eliminating all forms of forced and compulsory labour; and the abolition of child labour (Principles 4 and 5).


COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Mining Charter requires that we conduct a needs analysis by means of a community consultative and collaborative process.

The Royal Bafokeng Nation (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.

To achieve the most we can out of our investments we need to work together. In addition to engaging with our doorstep communities on their needs we also work with the RBN and the Rustenburg municipality to ensure that our SLP complements their community initiatives.

Our SLP projects focus on five key areas:

  • Basic infrastructure
  • Health
  • Education
  • Poverty alleviation and job creation
  • Community skills development

EDUCATION SUPPORT

Our education support programme includes:
  • teacher development
  • early childhood development
  • maths and science education at Charora High School aimed at increasing the number of learners studying maths and science and improving their results
  • school governance
  • school management skills at all levels including school governing bodies
  • scholarships at Kitsong High School for top performing learners from primary schools in our communities
  • infrastructure
  • safety and security.

RBPlat invests in the Thutho Thebe Educational Trust founded by the late Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation to improve education standards in the community. The trust focuses on teacher development, providing educational resources and materials for schools and strengthening school management structures and school governing bodies, while training parents to provide guidance on their children’s schoolwork.

The RBPlat education support programme is one of the main and longest running special projects managed by the Royal Bafokeng Institute (RBI), whose areas of focus include early childhood development, its schools programmes, post-school programmes and teacher development.

The main focus of RBPlat’s education support funding, which began in 2013, has been on an education intervention at Charora High School, which is the high school serving the MACHARORA doorstep communities. Both the maths and science classrooms were renovated and provided with updated equipment. We also fund the salaries of two additional experienced maths teachers and one additional science teacher

PROCURING FROM THE HISTORICALLY DISADVANTAGED

A Material issue for our communities is access to procurement opportunities from RBPlat. Engaging with communities on procurement opportunities and making every effort to ensure our approach to procurement from historically disadvantaged community businesses is fair and transparent, is a key focus for RBPlat.

Procuring from local black-empowered businesses helps alleviate poverty and can create employment in the region in which we operate. We have been able to meet and where possible exceed our preferential procurement targets, in terms of the Mining Charter Scorecard, and procure as much as possible from black-empowered businesses, but in particular local black-owned businesses.


ENTERPRISE AND SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT (ESD)

RBPlat is committed to empowering local communities and achieving compliance with the Mining Charter based on sound economic principles. Given the changes in the markets, legislation and supplier constraints in South Africa, our Supply Chain Management has a responsibility to establish and develop suppliers to enhance their competitiveness. The training our ESD programme has provided since its inception has helped local businesses build capacity and skills that increase their ability to achieve sustainability.

RBPlat developed a strategy aimed at providing the support these businesses need to grow and become sustainable. This included engaging two consulting companies who specialise in business development and funding assistance, establishing the RBPlat business hub at which these consultants are based and providing access to vendor registration and computer and printing facilities. The business forums we established provide local businesses with preferential access to procurement opportunities at our operations and our strategy includes setting aside certain procurement opportunities for our local communities.

Our ESD focus remains on localising our supplier footprint and building capacity in our host communities and establishing set-aside procurement opportunities. In addition to our monthly business forum engagements, in May 2021 RBPlat held a strategic supplier leadership engagement with its top 100 strategic suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), led by our Chief Executive Officer. A key focus of this engagement was on partnerships and collaboration and the role OEMs and strategic suppliers can play in the sustainability of host community businesses through the transfer of skills and skills development in these businesses.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

In consultation with the community we assist with their infrastructure needs, which includes the construction and repair of roads, walkways, providing community leadership offices and repairing public facilities, such as the police station, and assisting the Department of Health (DoH) by constructing a forensic pathology laboratory.

RBPlat constructs homes for families in need in the community previously living in unsafe accommodation. We consult with the community structures who help us identify these families and we use community-based companies to construct these homes.