Platinum miner Lonmin has launched a Youth Cadet Programme, which will train basic mining skills to 500 young people from the Bapo ba Mogale community, in the North West.

Launched in honour of South Africa’s Youth Month, the skills training programme, which will be run over three months, will prep the youths for employment at local mines in the Rustenburg, Marikana and Brits area.

“This Cadet programme is a great start in preparing the Bapo youth to acquire the necessary skills to enter the mining industry,” says Bapo ba Mogale Community spokesperson Vladimir Mogale.

Lonmin Executive VP of Communications and Public Affairs Lerato Molebatsi says adds that Lonmin is “delighted” to launch the programme with its host community the Bapo ba Mogale as unemployment, inequality and poverty are constant challenges in the North West.

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