Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) earned kudos from the minister of mineral resources, Susan Shabangu, at the handing over of RBM funded houses to 20 families located around the company’s operational site.
Speaking at an event in Richards Bay Shabangu said the R9.6m investment was exemplary and called on other mining companies to follow suit and ensure that they leave areas where they operate better off.
The houses to benefit 20 families around Mbonambi and Sokhulu communities form part of RBM’s Social and Labour Plan.
“A company like RBM should ensure that communities where it mines are better off than when it started operating here 37 years ago,” said Shabangu.
In addition, the company has built an agricultural project, to the tune of R3,3 million, as well as a R2,8 million furnished technical workshop, transforming a rural high school into a mechanical and electrical engineering facility which compares with the best technical high schools and FET colleges. The company will spend about R150m in SLP projects over the next five years, focusing on the Richards Bay area
“We are proud today to create opportunities for our young people to be better skilled, so they can become contributors to the growth and development of the South African economy,” she said.
The Minister commended RBM for embracing transformation, by appointing a black South African, Mpho Mothoa, as head of its mining operations in SA. She also challenged other companies to emulate this model.