8 – 18 August 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.
As we commemorate that tragic week in 2012, we reflect on the stories of the people whose lives have changed.
Stories and actions
Sunday, August 8, 2021
This is Matshepang Ntsoele’s story
To honour the memory of those who passed away, we have committed to provide support to the widows and families by way of housing, education and employment. This is the story of Matshepang Ntsoele, whose husband, Molefi Osiel Ntsoele, died in the tragic events of August 2012. She tells of her story of healing: “Pain is not the end of the of the road, it can be the beginning of a new journey, that you should not focus on the past but rather focus on the future.”
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
This is Athandile Twazi and Nonkanyiso Molwana’s story
Through the 1608 Memorial Trust, Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to growing young talent and continues to support the dependents of those who lost their lives at Marikana in 2012 by providing educational assistance up to tertiary level. This is the story of two young graduates, Athandile Twazi (National Diploma in Business Management) and Nonkanyiso Molwana (National Diploma in Accounting) about their hopes and dreams as they start the next phase of their lives.
6am–9am, Thursday, August 12, 2021
Join us on YouFM's morning show, with presenter Pat Cash, as we commemorate the week that changed our lives. We’ll be delving deeper into the Letsema process that’s driving a new way of engaging with the people of Marikana, and speaking to local communities members about their hopes for the future.
Monday, August 16, 2021
This is Headmaster Andrew Phuza’s story
The Marikana renewal aims to invest in the future by nurturing partnerships in education. This is the story of Andrew Phuza, Headmaster of Marikana Primary School which was handed over to the North West Department of Education in 2018. There are 936 pupils under the care of Mr Phuza and his team of teachers. In his words; “Education is important because it opens doors, it also changes the behaviour of a person and it is a weapon to fight poverty”.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
The Marikana Memorial Lecture was initiated in 2020, as part of Sibanye-Stillwater’s commitment to the Marikana Renewal programme, and in honour of those who lost their lives at Marikana in 2012. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Mamphela Ramphele, who is co-founder of ReimagineSA.She will be joined by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Minister Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater and Luvuyo Madasa.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
This is Mama Elizabeth’s Story
At the heart of the Marikana renewal is a commitment to invest in socio-economic development so as to create sustainable communities and enterprises that will endure long after mining has ceased. This is the story of Mama Elizabeth in Modderspruit whose love of gardening has created a secure and increasing supply of healthy food and income for her family and will leave a lasting legacy for her children.
DOWNLOADS & REFERENCES
- Fact sheet: Marikana Renewal, August 2021
- Media advisory: Sibanye-Stillwater Marikana Renewal
- Invitation to the Marikana Memorial Lecture 2021
- NEAL FRONEMAN: Miners look forward to overcome past and build better future [Business Day]
- Transcript: Address by Mr Jerry Vilakazi
- Transcript: Address by the Honourable Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe
- Transcript: Address by Dr Mamphela Ramphele
- Transcript: Address by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
- Transcript: Address by CEO, Neal Froneman
- Media release: Sibanye-Stillwater hosts second Marikana Memorial Lecture
- Mamphela Ramphele: The Marikana Memorial Lecture: Lessons we learnt from that fateful day [Daily Maverick]
- Compilation video: reflecting on the stories of the people whose lives have changed
ADDRESSING THE MARIKANA LEGACY – PROGRESS
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.
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.
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
SOCIETY AT LARGE:
- 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
Spent to date:
Dithabaneng Health Clinic
- Will provide improved access to health care for the Makurung and Dithabaneng communities
- Project in design phase
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
- Administration block
- Sports fields
Spent to date:
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
Spent to date: