Lonmin
Lonmin on Monday handed over two social and labour plan (SLP) projects for beneficiaries within the surrounding communities close to the company's operations.

These Lonmin SLP projects included one healthcare project and one road infrastructure project.

The community health project included the donation of 17 ambulances and a patient transporter (formerly converted panel vans) and two school health mobiles to the provincial Department of Health.

“This move was prompted by our concern that emergency medical services are not always readily available in the greater Lonmin communities,” Thandeka Ncube, EVP of stakeholder engagement and regulatory affairs at Lonmin explains. Four of the vehicles will be permanently stationed at the Bapong Community Health Centre, while the remainder will be available to service the entire Bojanala municipality.

Lonmin invested R10 million in this project, which included hiring and training eight Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff per vehicle, all of whom were recruited from the local community. The ambulances supplement vehicles already donated by Lonmin to the Department of Health, including obstetric ambulances, a health promotion vehicle, and two school health mobiles.

Meanwhile, Lonmin’s road infrastructure project saw the business investing in the construction of two roads in the Madibeng Municipality as part of its ongoing SLP commitments. R8.8 million was spent in the construction and upgrade of a 1 km stretch of the Skoonplaas Road. Prior to the upgrade, there existed a gravel road that was neither designed nor constructed in line with provincial or municipal engineering standards, making for costly ongoing maintenance.

The upgrade – which created 40 jobs for unemployed members of the Bapo community over the  nine-month period of the project – will improve access to the public amenities and bus routes used by employees of Lonmin, their beneficiaries and  other community members.

The second road infrastructure project focused on the upgrade of a 718 m stretch of the Modderfontein Road and provided employment for 38 individuals. Lonmin committed R5.8 million, with construction materials manufactured from the Bapong youth brick-making facility project.

Since 2014, Lonmin has spent just over R201 million across the greater Lonmin community in Bapong, Segwaelane, Wonderkop, Sonop, Majakaneng and Nkaneng on its SLP project commitments.

“We are pleased to have contributed in addressing some of the most pressing needs of our surrounding communities and will rely on our regular engagements with communities and other stakeholders to ensure that the investments have a lasting impact beyond the life of our mines,” says Ncube, adding that the wellbeing of the 126 000 people living in the greater Lonmin community is of paramount importance to the sustainability of Lonmin.

“We view our host and labour sending communities as an integral part of our business. This view has prompted us to take a holistic view of the communities’ socio-economic development, focusing our participation in initiatives that will drive improvements in education, health, enterprise and local economic development,” she says.