Empowering Communities: The Transformative Impact of Sibanye-Stillwater on Local Businesses
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In an industry often marred by controversy, Sibanye-Stillwater, a multinational mining and metals processing group, stands as a beacon of hope, embodying the transformative power of a responsible mining enterprise. With a proactive approach to community development and a robust commitment to inclusivity, Sibanye-Stillwater is reshaping the mining sector’s narrative.
One woman spearheading this transformation is Ofentse Lekalakala, the CEO of Golaotswe Mining Services. Once an HR manager at Sibanye-Stillwater, she decided to start a business right in her community, making a stand for women in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Her journey has been nothing short of inspiring, starting with just one employee in 2014 to a current strong workforce of 197. This journey highlights the power of determination and the doors that open when women are given equal opportunities.
This commitment to inclusivity isn’t a one-off initiative at Sibanye-Stillwater. Thabisile Phumo, the Executive Vice President of Stakeholder Relations, speaks of a deliberate drive to bring women into their supply chain. Celebrating a decade of shared value, Sibanye-Stillwater’s focus is on fostering local businesses, generating employment, and creating lasting socio-economic impacts.
Another success story echoing Sibanye-Stillwater’s commitment is Obake Gege, Managing Director of the Gege Group. Starting his journey with a vision while still in varsity, he secured a grass-cutting and horticulture services contract with Sibanye-Stillwater. This opportunity has fuelled the growth of his business, opening up more opportunities, and contributing significantly to job creation.
Recognising that the mining operations won’t last forever, Sibanye-Stillwater has also devised social closure plans to ensure continued economic growth long after their operations have ceased. The Phakamani Business Development Program is one such initiative, which offers training, mentoring, and financial assistance to qualifying SMMEs. Tshepo Modisanyane’s ICADOT is a shining example of a business benefiting from this program. Tshepo’s story underscores the impact of the initiative, growing from nine to 32 employees and contributing significantly to the economy.
Sibanye-Stillwater’s efforts are commendable, weaving a web of prosperity that extends beyond the mine and into the community. The company’s investment in local businesses and commitment to gender inclusivity serves as a powerful model for others in the industry, proving that mining can indeed be a force for good.
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