From left to right: chairman of Zizwe Opencast Mining Howard Maimela; Kgosi Manotshe Ramokoka; and senior general manager of Amandelbult Complex Patrick Morutlwa

South African platinum major Anglo American Platinum, or Amplat, is proving that mining companies can work successfully with local communities to generate sustainable futures.

The company has extended it contract with Zizwe Batlase for the provision of strip mining services at Amandelbult Complex. A successful joint venture, Zizwe Batlase is 51% owned by the local community of Baphalane through the Baphalane Community Trust, named Batlase.

In 2016, Amplat initiated a partnership with Zizwe Batlase through contracts for mining services at its Amandelbult Complex. This contract enables Zizwe Batlase to provide opportunities such as employment, SMME development, infrastructure development and business opportunities to local and small businesses in the community. \

This is the largest localised community project at Amandelbult, and will increase the mine’s host historically disadvantaged (HDSA) spend by 6%.

Zizwe was established in 2003 to form a local BBBEE company in the Eastern Bushveld Complex. It is currently a level 2 BBBEE contributor. Its vision is to create economic growth through joint ventures, procurement, employment and SMME Development.

Founder and Chairman of Zizwe Batlase, Howard Maimela, said that through the partnership between Amplat and Baphalane Community Trust, many job opportunities are created. “We need operators for our trucks, excavators and other machinery. These are opportunities that locals can benefit from.”

Leader of the Baphalane people, Kgosi Manotshe Ramokoka said:

“We are now co-owners of a growing mining business and are now able to provide development and employment opportunities to the small businesses in our community. NGOs in our communities are also directly benefiting from the profits generated. You can see how much the standard of living in our community has improved.”

“We are extremely proud of the success of this partnership and will use this as a blueprint for future procurement practices. The long-term ripple effects of this partnership have seen community residents enabled to start their own businesses, such local contractors who were trained through our programmes now building houses for orphans and child-headed families, forming part of our extended programmes to improve living conditions for communities,” concludes Chris Griffith, CEO of Amplat.