His Grace the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba, will mark the beginning of a multi-stakeholder, collaborative facilitated process to co-create a sustainable and positive future at Marikana today.
Reflecting during the Marikana Memorial Lecture on 14 August 2020 in honour and remembrance of those who lost their lives in 2012, His Grace, the patron of the Marikana Renewal process, noted:
“Though we live through these dark hours, we must keep our hopeful eyes towards a better future.
In the words of Alan Paton, it is not ‘forgive and forget’ as if nothing wrong had ever happened, but ‘forgive and go forward,’ building on the mistakes of the past and the energy generated by reconciliation to create a new future.”
Says Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater:
“At Sibanye-Stillwater, we believe we have been given an opportunity and a responsibility to create a new future at Marikana by delivering on our purpose of improving lives through responsible mining. We strongly believe that through delivering tangible and sustainable programmes which will benefit communities around Marikana sustainably,
ensuring that a new legacy of healing and hope will emerge.
“Our focus is on co-creating social economic value by optimally managing our business in a responsible way and in so doing creating and sustaining many thousands of jobs; paying salaries and wages to employees who live and work in the community; paying taxes and royalties to the regional and national fiscus; and creating direct and indirect economic opportunities that will ultimately lead to economic upliftment and social well-being for all.
“More recently, we have announced the investment of R3.9 billion in the K4 project at Marikana which will create over 4,000 additional permanent jobs over a 50-year life of operations. While this is a significant tangible start to the renewal process, we recognise that the path forward will not be an easy one. But we, as South Africans, have the ability to find one another, and to develop a new vision for where we want to be, and work to achieve that.”
Since the acquisition of the Marikana operations from Lonmin in 2019, Sibanye-Stillwater has intensified efforts to pave the way for healing, more inclusive engagement and, ultimately, renewal.