Coal mining and exploration company Kangra Coal handed over a hall to the Kransbank community, located near the company’s mine in Saul Mkhizeville, Mpumalanga on 21 January 2020 to allow for more formalised communal gathering location.
The community centre comprising of a hall, ablution facilities and storage rooms is intended to be used for formal communal meetings, festive occasions and social events, among other community activities.
The hall, which can comfortably seat around 150 people, was built by a local black-owned contracting company Amakhabolanga Trading and Projects with the design and construction of the facility overseen by Kangra Coal.
The community had till now been hosting its meetings and social gathering in open areas and under trees, which has exposed them to the heat, cold, wind and rain.
“The community asked Kangra Coal to assist them so that they could conduct their forums in dignity, which is where the idea for the construction of the hall arose,” explained Menar Group social licensing manager Xolile Mankayi.
“On behalf of the municipality and local government we deeply appreciate the efforts of the community to enrich and uplift the lives of community members by presenting them with this beautiful new community hall,” said Mkondo Ward 2 Councillor Themba Nkosi on behalf Councillor Xolane Simelane of Ward 10.
Kangra Coal General Manager Pierre Louw and Kransbank community member Bab’u Phungwayo cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the community hall. The community members expressed their gratitude by ululating as the ribbon was cut.
Kangra Coal has also invested heavily in other social development projects such as the construction of 23 houses, building of ablution facilities, awarding of mine-related product and services’ contracts to the local community along with enterprise development, learner safety initiatives and skills training programmes.