NORTHAM PLATINUM – CHANGING THE FACE OF MINING
With a vision of undoing historical injustices, Northam Platinum has revolutionised the housing crisis associated with migrant labour by building houses for their employees and allowing them to become homeowners.
In a world where mine workers have become justifiably cynical, Northam Platinum is doing ‘something special’. Families are being reunited, people are becoming first-time homeowners and young families are finally able to get onto the property ladder. This transformed environment means that workers are no longer forced to live lonely lives in dangerous accommodation, and the legacy of migrant labour is no longer an impediment to social and economic change.
Northam Platinum’s housing scheme is designed to enable employees to buy these houses at cost, removing a massive financial burden, and allows families to turn houses into private and dignified homes. The large-scale project includes the building of schools and clinics to build the roots of a stronger and more sustainable community.
The homeownership scheme epitomises the ethos of shared value business, where the company has a meaningful tool to attract and retain employees, and the lives of those employees are changed for the better, with positive benefits to productivity, mental health and wellbeing, and development and educational outcomes for children.
With a belief in their people, their product and their country, Northam Platinum is transforming the face of mining in South Africa. As it continues to grow, so too will communities around it expand and flourish, bringing about a new era of growth, potential and positivity in South Africa.
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