Effects of weak commodities on mining operations globally have not deterred organisations from undertaking philanthropic activities.
Mining company, Sibanye, has financed and delivered a state-of-the-art, multipurpose hall to the Free State Department of Education (FSDoE) as per its social and labour plan agreements.
The project is a R6, 2m investment that will benefit learners and community members in and around the town of Theunissen in the Free State, and supports the FSDoE strategy of incentivising top performing schools. Taiwe Secondary School has, for the past three years, achieved a 100% pass rate and is one of the beneficiaries of this programme.
Sibanye facilitated the construction of the hall and related facilities, with a seating capacity of 1,200, which exceeds the norms and standards determined by the FSDoE in respect of school halls.
The venue will also be used for the Sibanye Mathematics and Science Programme, which supports over 140 Grade 10 to 12 learners annually from Taiwe Secondary School. The local communities will also be able to utilise the facility for community functions and related activities, which will generate additional income for the school to maintain the facility.
“Sibanye believes that education is a critical component of the sustainable socio-economic development of communities around our operations, and as such, we will continue to provide necessary support to education as part of our commitment and contribution to transformation in South AFrica,” said Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye.