RICHARDS Bay Minerals (RBM) has invested R3-million in the upgrading of the Nhlabane and Mzingazi sports fields. The upgrades will include ablution facilities, change rooms, grand stands and landscaping. These improvements form part of the 17 social and labour plan projects approved by the Department of Mineral Resources.
RBM Managing Director Werner Duvenhage, accompanied by the communities’ and corporate relations team, recently participated in a sod-turning ceremony at the Nhlabane sports field in KwaMbonambi.
‘It delights us to be part of life-changing events such as these. We always try to be part of the communities that we live in and work with.
‘We also understand that our communities are our greatest stakeholders, and therefore building strong relations through such efforts will hopefully leave a positive legacy,’ Duvenhage said.
‘We wish to encourage healthy lifestyles and a community that understands taking care of one’s body can have positive effects on one’s health.’
Construction of the Mzingazi sports field is currently under way and is expected to be completed and handed over to the community before the end of the year.
uMfolozi Municipal Manager, Elliot Gamede, commended the mining company’s visibility in the local communities over the years.
‘The recent social and labour plan has benefitted the communities in various ways, committing an investment of an estimated R100-million in the uMfolozi Municipality.
‘Shortly after RBM handed over a refuse removal truck of over R4-million earlier in the year, we are working towards the launching of the uMfolozi Thusong Centre worth more than R17.4-million.
‘We also look forward to the completion of the uMfolozi testing grounds estimated at R12-million, not mentioning other projects, including the back-up heavy-duty generators that were handed over to our two local clinics in Nhlabane and Mbonambi,’ Gamede said.
Community – infrastructure – housing – roads – education – etc
We have spent 67 per cent of our approved R150 million Local economic development budget for 2012 – 2014 on a wide variety of projects including clinics,
schools, centres, roads, water reticulation, housing, as well as farming and supplier development. Projects such as the water reticulation projects will be carried over to 2015 when the municipalities involved are ready to proceed. The roads and housing projects will ontinue into 2015, as will the building of the multipurpose centres in host communities. An amount of R106 million has been earmarked for the construction of Maphelane Road, Mpembeni Road, Thusong Centers in the Zulti South and Zulti North lease areas and houses for people living within our host communities. Over 300 jobs have been created during the implementation of these projects and the involvement of host community enterprises during the construction phase has been a priority for us.
Supporting Schools in Host Communities
Just over R13 million was allocated to supporting schools and education in communities. The following infrastructure projects were completed in 2014:
• Muntonokudla High School – science laboratory;
• Amandosi Primary School – specialist rooms;
• Mhlanga Primary – tiling of floors; and
• Mzingazi High School – fence
The Bambisanani programme continues to run in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Basic Education and Grantleigh College. It gives high school learners the opportunity to improve their matric results especially in the area of Maths and Science, increasing their chances to access bursaries and study further in technical or engineering fields. 350 grade 10 to 12 learners participated in the
programme in 2014, with 107 learners writing their Grade 12 exams and achieving an 81.2 per cent pass rate
and much more ….