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    These shoes were made for walking…to school

    As the schooling calendar kicked off this year, Tharisa's SLP and Transformation department accompanied by ward 32 councillor and the Marikana South Africa Police Service (SAPS), embarked on a school visit to hand over school shoes to learners in Marikana Full- Service Primary and Areaganeng Secondary Schools in Marikana West.

    One of Tharisa's core values is 'care', this being demonstrated by ensuring that the learners of 2023 receive the care their feet need. The donation comprised 99 pairs for the primary and 48 pairs for the secondary school.

    Both Principals of the schools conveyed a message of gratitude to Tharisa for the generous donation and implored them never to stop the good work of supporting the local communities. They also emphasised how this donation will help reinstate confidence in its learners and it will push them to attend classes.

    In the remarks, Tharisa emphasised the importance of the culture of learning and reiterated how delighted it is to contribute to the empowerment of these learners and hope this donation will improve their self-esteem.

    Mining is finite – that is why we priorities portable skills

    Mining is finite, at some point the ore will deplete and the mine will cease to exist. In our effort to not leave our host communities as ghost towns, we take steps to alleviate this by providing portable skills training to our employees. Portable skills training equips employees and communities with skills that are outside the mining industry. Skills development remains an integral part of Tharisa, and the dedicated SLP team strives to meet commitments.

    In total, 11 employees recently attended hospitality training for two weeks at the Tharisa conference centre. The training entailed food handling, maintaining proper hygiene, baking and basic legislation aligned with hospitality. All the candidates completed the training and were awarded certificates in a closing ceremony.

    Two generations of Tharisa

    Liana Omphile Masilo is a 23-year-old Electrical Engineer from the Maditlhokwa community in Marikana. She graduated in September 2023 from the Vaal University of Technology.

    Her mother was a Tharisa employee for over 10 years until her retirement in 2023. Liana is the first person in her bloodline to attend and graduate from an institution of higher education – breaking generational chains and steering a path for those who will come behind her.

    When we spoke about the benefits she has received from the Tharisa bursary programme, Liana expressed immense gratitude for the opportunity awarded to her by Tharisa. 'This opportunity showed me that I had the potential to achieve whatever I want…anything is possible only if you put your mind to it – just be patient.'

    Liana is a Processing Instrumental intern and would like to study further to obtain her Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering and work for Tharisa Minerals.

    Keeping up with the digital age

    Technology has become integral to our daily lives, influencing various spheres, including education. The collaborative effort between Tharisa and Enaex saw the donation of eight interactive boards valued at over half a million rands to Marikana Primary School.

    The donation ceremony took place on Thursday, 29 July as the principal of Marikana Primary received the interactive boards on behalf of the school. The handover ceremony was attended by both the Tharisa and Enaex teams including their executives, respectively.

    These innovative tools are set to change the teaching and learning experience, offering a wide range of benefits that extend beyond the traditional classroom setup. The interactive boards will facilitate a more interactive and engaging learning experience, allowing teachers to incorporate multimedia and interactive tools in their lessons.

    The first to ever do it

    Meet Thabang William Mbhele, a 23-year-old male from the small town of Modderspruit in the Bojanala District Municipality, North West province. He is in the final year of his Mining Engineering degree at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and is one of the beneficiaries of the Tharisa bursary programme.

    Our relationship with Thabang began in 2018 when he was selected among high-performing students at Marikana High School to receive funding from the Company. When we sat down with Thabang and asked him what his plans were after matric before his interaction with Tharisa, his response was, 'I come from a community where higher education is a far-fetched dream; once you get your matric you look for a job. I lacked motivation because I didn't know anyone in my immediate family or circle that had gone to university'.

    When asked what he has learned through this experience, Thabang was not shy about sharing how going to university has introduced him to new challenges and moulded and prepared him to face the real world. 'Going to university has introduced me to the opportunity to learn and dream bigger, thanks to Tharisa'.

    His goals for the future include branching into rock engineering and working for Tharisa Minerals.