Amplats has handed over the Thlabane West Primary School’s early childhood development centre and the newly built Thlabane West Primary Library near its Rustenburg mines.
In addition Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the major platinum producer, also presented eight completed Social and Labour Plan (SLP) projects, to beneficiary communities.
The library and centre were built as an extension to the Tlhabane West Primary School, which was built by Amplats in 2011 and today serves more than 1 200 students.
The additional eight projects focus on job creation and poverty alleviation; education and skills development; and safety, health and welfare. They include construction of science and computer labs, farming projects, construction of the Seraleng Community Clinic and improvements to the school’s sports fields.
The total spend on these projects amounted to R83 million and approximately 285 job opportunities were created through implementation of these SLP projects.
Since 2010, Amplats has initiated and completed 19 projects to the total spend of R257.4 million in Rustenburg and labour sending areas. Through these projects 800 local community members have been afforded jobs through local contractual employment.
The handover of the projects was commemorated in a ceremony attended by Godfrey Oliphant, deputy minister of Mineral Resources, Valli Moosa, independent non-executive chairman of Amplats, Dr Magome Masike, and MEC of Health North West and Jonas Sello Lehari, MEC of Education & Sport North West employees, and local community members.
[quote]“We are pleased to hand over these projects to the Rustenburg community as a demonstration of successful partnership that supports economic and social development in the communities in which we operate,” says Moosa.
“We welcome these community initiatives to bring important education infrastructure to the community, and we look forward to seeing improved academic results in our schools,” stated Jonas Sello Lehari, North West MEC for Education and Sport Development.
“The North West government is pleased with the partnership with Amplats, the Seraleng Clinic is important to providing greater access to good healthcare in the Rustenburg communities,” said North West MEC for Healthcare, Dr Magome Masike.
The eight completed SLP projects include the Bakwena Science Laboratory; Retlagona and President Mangope computer laboratories; Photsaneng Primary School IT centre and classrooms; upgraded sports fields; Paardekraal piggery; Mimosa Farm; Seraleng Primary Healthcare Clinic and high mast lights erected in the Mfidikoe, Photsaneng and Thekwane villages for security purposes.
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