Tharisa is committed to the socioeconomic upliftment of the host communities in which it operates and strives to minimise potentially negative social impacts while promoting opportunities for the local communities in its area of operation. Tharisa Minerals is committed to community initiatives through its SLP, which address job creation, poverty alleviation, basic infrastructure, education and development needs.
Tharisa Minerals is situated in the Bojanala District Municipality within the Rustenburg Local Municipality, close to the town of Marikana. The Tharisa Mine's immediate neighbour is the community of Mmaditlhokwa. Approximately one-third of employees at the Tharisa Mine are from this community.
Tharisa Minerals' strategy for social and economic advancement of host communities is informed by the local municipality's Integrated Development Plan, and is translated into action through local initiatives incorporated into the mine's SLP. Key municipal initiatives include local economic development projects, bursary awards to local qualifying Grade 12 students, internships, work integrated learning opportunities, and apprenticeship opportunities for youth.
Tharisa Minerals prefers to work directly with its host communities rather than through charitable organisations. In this way, Tharisa Minerals engages more immediately and intimately with these communities.
Within Ward 32, the municipal area in which the mine operates, there are a number of villages and smallholdings. This has resulted in a diverse range of stakeholders ranging from employee families to farmers. Tharisa Minerals has engaged with both the small farm owners and communities in a bid to address their diverse needs and cultures.
The small farm owners have formed a representative engagement structure while the broader community is represented by an elected ward committee, led by a ward councillor. In FY2018, this structure was expanded to include an additional three wards and tribal authority representation that surround the mine. This resulted in a more inclusive engagement forum, which meets quarterly to address the issues that impact both the Tharisa Mine and the communities.
Monthly meetings are held with the ward committee to address issues affecting both the Tharisa Mine and the surrounding communities.
Mine management is proactive in building and maintaining stakeholder relationships with the local communities and a dedicated management team has been mandated to monitor, measure and manage the social and economic impacts in terms of the SLPs and other CSI initiatives.
Tharisa Minerals has an established engagement forum, which liaises with the steering committee for the local community neighbouring the Tharisa Mine. On a more formal level, Tharisa Minerals maintains its relationship with the community through a dedicated community liaison officer and via engagement forums, which include the local municipality.
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