Wescoal’s corporate social investment through its SLP exceeded R24 million in FY2019, partly offset by R5 million received as a Mining Qualifications Authority grant. In addition, R3.7 million was spent on training personnel. In terms of regulation 42(1)(a) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 28 of 2002, Wescoal has SLPs in place at its mining operations.
In conjunction with the DMRE, local community forums and local and regional councils create, manage and monitor all the commitments of the social and labour plans to the benefit of the local communities where its operations are located.
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Six SMMEs from Delmas who were appointed as part of our enterprise development initiative to haul coal from Vanggatfontein Colliery to the Eskom power station have been partnered with three anchor suppliers to ensure greater and better involvement in the logistics business. The partnership will see these SMME’s owning trucks and acquiring critical business skills.
Wescoal takes enterprise and skills development very seriously and has provided tangible opportunities to community-based businesses at its operations. Wescoal has also participated in the incubation of community-based initiatives that will provide long-term contractual services to its operations.
The enterprise development programme has been repositioned to include a more active engagement of communities together with Wescoal’s human resources functionaries to facilitate more cohesive enterprise development initiatives.
Wescoal remains committed to skills development within and outside of the company. The approach to skills development is to:
- Ensure commitment by all staff to the company’s strategy execution and implementation and;
- Ensure that external recipients of skills development initiatives are positioned to appropriate market opportunities for employment or enterprise development by translating portable skills to revenue-generating activities, thus contributing to employment creation and an entrepreneurial spirit that increases the economy of the country.
- Mining Future forum
- Scheduled meetings with local economic development forums
- Social and labour plan initiatives
- Corporate social responsibility initiatives (enterprise development community projects – school renovations and road maintenance works)
- NGO relations and interactions
Communication and implementation of approved SLPs, prioritising the economic viability of supplier and enterprise development (“SED”) through pro-active continued support, to identify leading indicators to address shortcomings of implemented projects.
a) Sewing Project
- Equipment and renovations
- Material and working tools
- Training participants
b) Bakery Project
- Equipment and renovations R550 000
- Initial stock and supplies R65 000
- Training participants R25 000
Total R640 000
Local Economic Development
- Housing Project Building of 18 houses R3 400 000
- Water Supply R350 000
LED Spend R3 900 000
Local Economic Development Khanyisa was on Care & Maintenance last Financial Year, therefore no flowing capital for LED Projects, however, the following were executed:
- The farming project clearing of the site and preparation for farming and seeding Spend R200 000
- Transporting School children from Khayisa and surrounding areas to Phola Spend R120 000
Total Spend R320 000
- Grass-cutting Initiative Spend R95 000 spent on acquiring lawn mowing and grass cutting tools
- R40k per month on Reatlegile Primary School to maintain their ablution blocks. We supply cleaning detergents and toilet paper as well as the cleaner.
Spend till 31 March R280 000
- Donations to 4 Hospices and 3 Primary Schools within our mine footprint, R30k each. Total Spend R210 000 (Golf Day Proceeds)
- Donated 350 pairs of shoes to Nkangala Executive Mayor drive to donate 1 million school shoes. Total spend R80 000 (Golf Day Proceeds)
- Donated R12 000 to Ndebele Chief (Arbor Community) for Initiation School Programme
- Donation to Mhluzi Community Forum for elderly people Christmas gifts valued at R9 000
- Reatlegile Primary School ablution block upgrades R680 000
- Reatlegile Primary School jungle gym R65 000