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This page is under review. For the latest information, please refer to our Integrated Annual Report 2018, released on 29 March 2019.

In line with Sibanye-Stillwater’s purpose of improving lives through mining, we recognise the important role we can play in enabling the transformation of the economy and delivering employment and value to its host communities. Sibanye-Stillwater seeks to develop mutually beneficial relationships with host communities and governments.

Read our Community and Indigenous Peoples Policy

For the latest information on our performance in terms of our socioeconomic development programmes and corporate social responsibility initiatives, refer to the Social upliftment and community development section of the integrated annual report 2017.

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement is key to the delivery of our community development programmes. It enables us to understand the needs and the priorities of our communities. Our stakeholder engagement framework is aligned with King IV and those United Nations’ SDG relating to stakeholder engagement. In engaging with stakeholders and communities in particular, we also bear in mind the ICMM’s sustainability framework, which is intended to enhance mining’s contribution to society.

Engagement with communities in the SA region remains challenging, particularly in the Rustenburg area, largely due to historical expectations from these communities, lack of initial clarity regarding Sibanye-Stillwater’s processes and programmes and inadequate dispute resolution mechanisms. Sibanye-Stillwater has taken steps to improve the effectiveness of its community engagement and to take into account the growing overlap between communities and employees

Community engagement in the US region is conducted largely under the auspices of the Good Neighbour Agreement (GNA) wich provides a forum for communities to communicate on how they are affected by mining operations and for the mines to communicate on planned operational changes and how these may or may not affect communities.

Local economic development programmes

A review of our local economic development programmes conducted in early 2017 was aimed at, among other matters, determining whether Sibanye-Stillwater was actually improving lives by assessing the efficacy of our SLPs and related projects. See Fact sheet: Local economic development projects - SA region 2017 [50KB]

Illegal mining

In addition to the negative impact on value that illegal mining has on our business, this also affects communities. Illegal mining has social, environmental and health impacts. It compromises the communities – from a health and safety perspective, environmentally and ethically. See Fact sheet: Illegal mining – Moving towards ‘Zero Zama’ [257KB]

Local procurement

In engaging with communities, Sibanye-Stillwater has come to understand the desperate need for enterprise development and procurement opportunities on the part of communities. A team has been appointed specifically to address community legacy procurement issues, to assist and mentor suppliers and to facilitate understanding of the procurement process.


A new community trust, aims to enhancing the impact of socio-economic projects on communities by augmenting and optimising our community development programmes. The trust will enable us to facilitate regional development programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders by optimising our SLP projects and other value-adding development initiatives. It will promote the use of local suppliers to unlock, create and share value in the communities.

The trust is being set up by Sibanye-Stillwater, which will be the principal funder. Suppliers and other corporates will also contribute to funding. The trust, to be implemented in 2018, will have six trustees, all of whom will be employees of Sibanye-Stillwater.

Contributing to alternative economic activities

Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to developing host communities and those in labour-sending areas. Our particular focus is to leverage land-holdings through a number of agricultural initiatives to create jobs, promote black economic empowerment and facilitate comprehensive local socioeconomic development as a sustainable alternative economic activity to mining.

Training and development

Sibanye-Stillwater invests in education and research programmes at universities. We have strategic partnerships with the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand. These partnerships were consolidated further during 2017, when sponsorship agreements were concluded with each institution for a combined value of R30 million over the next three years. In addition, Many of our human resource development programmes, conducted under the auspices of the Sibanye-Stillwater Academy, including skills training and development, adult education and training as well as study assistance bursaries, learnerships and portable skills training are offered to members of host communities. For more information on this, see the Superior value for the workforce section of the Integrated Annual Report 2017.

Sibanye-Stillwater have recently extended the CARE for iMali financial wellness programme to members of the communities in which our employees reside, and to their extended families in labour-sending areas. For more information, please refer to FACT SHEET: CARE for iMali – an update [PDF - 395KB]

Applying for assistance

If your project is aligned with our community development strategy, you may submit a formal (on a letterhead) written request for assistance, including the following information:

  • a full description of your project, including background of the organisation or project, objectives and/or goals, current supporters/donors, budget, implementation plan, registration number and certificate, existing and required assistance (funds, expertise, capacity building, mentorship, other support, etc), expected outcomes and/or impact, sustainability plan and organisational structure
  • contact details, including name, address, telephone/mobile numbers and e-mail address
  • requests for donations should include proof of registration as a trust, non-profit organisation, public benefit organisation with a Section 18A certificate or registration
  • documentation/receipt with a SARS reference number, date of receipt of donation, name of public benefit organisation, name and address of donor, amount of donation, nature of donation (if not in cash) and certification that the receipt has been issued for purposes of Section 18A

For more information, please contact:

Dikago Mathule
Community Engagement & Development
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +27 10 278 9742

  • Please note that funding of corporate social investment (CSI) projects is considered once in a particular financial year. While Sibanye-Stillwater aims to deliver direct development benefits to intended beneficiaries, it does this with the expectation of indirect reputational benefit. Projects should therefore be seen as an opportunity to position the Sibanye-Stillwater brand. As such, Sibanye-Stillwater does not support religious or political organisations, profit making or commercial entities, sports sponsorships (except for sports development), expenses for travel, servicing of debt or overdrafts, and fundraising agencies operating as intermediaries between funders and beneficiaries.