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
- Poverty alleviation and job creation
- Community skills development
RBPlat invests in the Thutho Thebe Educational Trust founded by the 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 funded the salaries of two additional experienced maths teachers and one additional science teacher
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.
Procuring from local suppliers does, however, often come at a price premium because these businesses do not have the purchasing power or resources that would make them more competitively priced.