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We believe that our mining improves lives. Our community engagement initiatives seek to create enduring and sustainable value for our host communities both during and after the operating lives of our mines.  

Effective community engagement requires a dynamic and evolving process of stakeholder engagement and a commitment to partnering with governments and other organisations. We engage meaningfully, as much as possible with our stakeholders, to ensure we are in a better position to understand their perceptions of value and deliver accordingly. We have developed a stakeholder perception index which is helping us to identify and address specific challenges, including employment, legacy issues and transparency, and local procurement opportunities.

Our process of stakeholder engagement is designed to respect local customs, traditions and cultures while encouraging open, honest and constructive dialogue. For further information, see our Community and Indigenous People Policy.

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    We invest in a diversity of community engagement programs. In Southern Africa, our efforts range from building early childhood development centers near our housing facilities to providing employment and entrepreneurship training to donating obstetric ambulances that ensure mothers-to-be have access to safe patient transport.

    In the U.S., we have worked with the local environmental community to develop an innovative framework called the Good Neighbors Agreement that ensures we protect the natural environment while encouraging responsible economic development. Every year in Montana, we give out more than US$50,000 in scholarships and nearly US$400,000 in charitable contributions, focusing on rural emergency and health services, as well as STEM education, community improvement activities and environmental stewardship.

    We invest in training and development programs, learnerships and portable technical and vocational skills training and education and research programs at universities that help strengthen the workforce in the communities where we operate.

    In South Africa, we recently established a new community trust intended to enhance the impact of socio-economic projects on communities by augmenting and optimising our community development programs. It will promote the use of local suppliers to unlock, create and share value in the communities.

  • Bokamoso Ba Rona Agri-Industrial Initiative

    The Bokamoso Ba Rona Agri-Industrial Initiative is a large-scale agriculture and bio-energy project in the West Rand District Municipality. The initiative is a unique, collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to promoting sustainable economic activity focused on economic growth and transformation in areas of the greater West Rand.

    The initiative is designed to facilitate the emergence of a sustainable post-mining economy through the creation of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Sibanye-Stillwater and the Far West Rand Dolomitic Water Association have contributed approximately 30,000 hectares of land for the development of a large-scale agriculture and bio-energy hub in the program area.

    The aims of the Bokamoso Ba Rona initiative are to:

    • facilitate creation of a sustainable post-mining economy
    • promote employment by emphasizing labor-intensive opportunities with focus on agriculture
    • accelerate transformation by creating opportunities and providing ongoing development and training for local communities
    • facilitate comprehensive, sustainable local socio-economic development

    The initiative is supported by the South African Public Investment Corporation and the South African Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, whose active participation will assist in the effective implementation of the program.

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