Anglo American is the biggest mining company in South Africa; they have become ingrained in the fabric of the communities surrounding them.
Postmasburg, South Africa (14 February 2020) – The Anglo American mining company is expanding beyond its industry to grow the surrounding communities. Their focus is on bettering the lives of everyone near the mine and not just the miners.
The mining giant is passionate about improving the communities surrounding their operations, and, as a result, is focusing on skills development beyond the mining industry. The reality of any mine is that one day, the mine will go dry and all the resources within that mine will run out. Usually, communities that once thrived will dwindle and die out as the jobs disappear. Anglo American is actively working to ensure each of their surrounding neighbourhoods is strong enough to withstand any possible changes.
The Anglo American Zimele Enterprise and Supplier Development programme is the answer to this inevitable future. The programme is helping mining communities achieve complete self-sufficiency.
By providing SMMEs with soft loans, training, and mentorship opportunities, Anglo Zimele has helped over 2,300 entrepreneurs who, in turn, employ around 50,000 people. In addition, they are not only integrating their suppliers into their value chain, but also empowering them to operate and thrive beyond the mine.
Small business owners, Mpho and Oarabile Barnard are beneficiaries of the Zimele Enterprise and Supplier Development programme. They started a hospitality business in Postmasburg, Northern Cape and have seen it thrive. Their guest house has not only benefitted them but has created sustainable jobs for numerous people within the community and provided much-needed accommodation for those visiting the area on business.
As part of the #SAINC nation-building initiative, Angelo American is joining a network of purpose-driven brands to share stories of positive progress in South Africa. These stories are being featured across social media in small snippets, just like the one below, but you will also be able to watch the full-length features live on television. You will find the airing times below:
15 February 2020 – SABC2 – 14:30
03 March 2020 – Business Day TV – 16:00
05 March 2020 – Business Day TV – 12:00
Watch a snippet of the story below: