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Marikana Commemoration 2021

Sibanye-Stillwater continues its journey of collaboration with all stakeholders for the renewal of the communities around our Marikana operation. We believe that by co-creating a shared vision, and delivering tangible and sustainable socio-economic programmes for the benefit of local communities, a new legacy of healing and hope will emerge.

Launched in 2020 by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba under the themes of honour, engage and create, the Marikana renewal process acknowledges the tragedy and its impact, and calls on all stakeholders to work together to rebuild relationships and communities affected by the tragedy around the operations where the injured and deceased employees lived.

From 8 – 18 August 2021, we commemorated that tragic week in 2012, and reflected on the stories of the people whose lives have changed.


Healing takes time. It requires bravery and vision to find new ways to ensure our tomorrows are better than our yesterdays, it needs us to change lives for the better together.

This booklet honours the steps made thus far on our journey of healing towards a better tomorrow.

2021 Marikana Renewal booklet (pdf, 3mb)

Stories and actions



Homes for Marikana widows

Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to build 16 houses for the widows. To date, Sibanye-Stillwater has handed over seven of these houses – the remaining nine will be completed and handed over in 2021. These nine are in locations chosen by widows in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West Province (Mafikeng), and Northern Cape (Kimberley) as well as in Lesotho.

Sixteen-Eight Memorial Trust

The Sixteen-Eight Memorial Trust continues to provide financial assistance to fund the educational requirements of 141 beneficiaries with R48.5 million having been spent by end December 2020. In 2020, three beneficiaries graduated at tertiary level. This brings the total number of beneficiaries who have graduated at tertiary level to 12. Another 16 beneficiaries are currently studying at tertiary institutions while 44 are at secondary school and 33 at primary school.

Employing and supporting family members

Following the Marikana tragedy, employment was offered to each family – 23 widows and 21 family members accepted. The employment taken up was diverse and included a range of positions, both underground and on surface. Most of the widows and family members continue in the employ of Sibanye-Stillwater. In 2020, we engaged an external social service to provide counselling to the widows and their families to aid the healing process. In parallel with this initiative, we also offered the widows financial management skills training through our CARE for iMali programme. Work is underway to finalise an internship programme for those beneficiaries who have graduated. This will give them workplace exposure and will assist them in gaining employment, either on the mines or in other industries.

Integrated housing

Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to integrated human settlements that improve the quality of life of employees, their families and communities. As part of this commitment, we have partnered with the Department of Human Settlement, the Housing Development Agency and local municipalities to facilitate social housing and formalise informal settlements. An initial donation of 50 hectares of serviced land, proclaimed as Marikana Extension 2, was intended for the building of 2,658 accommodation units by government for employees and local community members. Phase 1 of the project (544 houses) was completed – 292 houses for employees and 252 community residential units.

Sibanye-Stillwater has called on all stakeholders to collaborate on the renewal of the communities around our Marikana operations.

Being a “good neighbour” is integral to Sibanye-Stillwater’s social and economic compact with communities in the regions in which we operate.

At the heart of the Marikana renewal is a commitment to invest in and sustain our operations, our people and our communities. This is done as inclusively as possible and with the aim of leaving behind sustainable communities and enterprises long after mining has ceased.

Stakeholder engagement

Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to constructive, inclusive, positive engagement with all stakeholders in Marikana. We understand that true engagement is equally about listening and understanding, followed by appropriate action. In implementing our stakeholder engagement model, we undertake to balance the interests of stakeholders.

Three key elements inform our stakeholder engagement:

  • Understanding stakeholder issues and building rapport, credibility and goodwill
  • Engaging and consulting with stakeholders on issues and addressing any concerns
  • Fast-tracking implementation of socio-economic development projects

Meaningful engagement informs the development of an integrated, cohesive response to address Marikana stakeholders’ concerns. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our relations and engagement with communities and other stakeholders.


  • WeR1 mobile app launched to facilitate employee communication
  • Increasing use of online training to supplement in-person training


  • Maintaining and building direct relationships with recognised unions


  • Community access to digital technology constrained engagement and ways of overcoming this challenge are being investigated
  • Community grievance mechanism updated and in place


  • Openness and transparency in disclosure on all aspects of our performance


  • Rebuilding relationships to create shared value through credible dialogue and meaningful engagement

Creating socio-economic value

Central to Sibanye-Stillwater’s value-creation endeavours is the sharing of the value created. We do this by creating and sustaining jobs (directly and indirectly); procuring goods and services; and contributing to government through taxes and royalties.

Sibanye-Stillwater is to invest almost R4 billion in the future of the Marikana operation (K4). The K4 development project will sustain and prolong the Marikana operation’s life of mine by 50 years, and in this time will regional social and economic benefits – it is a significant investment in the local economy and will provide more than 4,000 jobs as well as meaningful opportunities for local procurement, SMME development and skills transfer.

Our social and labour plans (SLPs) focus on creating socio-economic value for communities by providing critical social infrastructure, supporting the vulnerable and catalysing income-generating projects.

In terms of the Marikana SLP

Projects completed or almost completed in the past 18 months include:


  • Forensic mortuary, Brits
  • Multi-purpose community centre for elderly and disabled, Segwaelane
  • Upgrades to health clinics, Majakaneng and Sonop


  • School and sports facilities, Leokeng
  • Upgrade of sports fields, Segwaelane


  • Road construction, Segwaelane and Majakaneng

New projects underway include


Construction of Marikana Community Health Centre

  • Improved access to health services that will be available 24/7
  • Will serve a community of around 20,000 people
Total budget:

R24.5 million

Spent to date:

R7.6 million

Dithabaneng Health Clinic

  • Will provide improved access to health care for the Makurung and Dithabaneng communities
  • Project in design phase
Total budget:

R6.9 million


Construction of new school and sport facilities for the Majakaneng community

  • Will benefit 900 learners and educators
  • School will have:
    • 20 classrooms
    • A Grade R classroom
    • Hall
    • Administration block
    • Sports fields

Total budget:

R38.3 million

Spent to date:

R1.04 million


Provision of bulk water supply infrastructure in Bapong and Majakaneng

  • Will give a community of around 20,000 people access to clean water
  • Entails laying of bulk water pipelines and installation of water storage facilities

Total budget:

R31 million

Spent to date:

R7 million

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