Tharisa is committed to the socio-economic upliftment of the host communities in which the Tharisa Mine operates and strives to minimise potentially negative social impacts while promoting opportunities for the local communities in its areas of operation. Tharisa Minerals is committed to community initiatives through its SLP, which addresses job creation, poverty alleviation, basic infrastructure, education and development needs.
Tharisa Minerals is situated in the Bojanala District Municipality within the Rustenburg Local Municipality, close to the town of Marikana. The Tharisa Mine’s immediate neighbour is the community of Mmaditlhokwa. Approximately one-third of employees at Tharisa Minerals are from this community.
Tharisa Minerals’ strategy for social and economic advancement of host communities is informed by the local municipality’s Integrated Development Plan, and is translated into action through local initiatives incorporated into the mine’s SLP. Key municipal initiatives include local economic development projects, bursary awards to local qualifying Grade 12 students, internships, work integrated learning opportunities, and apprenticeship opportunities for youths.
Tharisa Minerals prefers to work directly with its host communities rather than through charitable organisations. In this way Tharisa Minerals engages more immediately and intimately with these communities.
Mine management is proactive in building and maintaining stakeholder relationships with the local communities and a dedicate management team has been mandated to monitor, measure and manage the social and economic impacts in terms of SLPs and other CSI initiatives.
Tharisa Minerals has established an engagement forum, which liaises with the steering committee for the local community neighbouring the Tharisa Mine. On a more formal level, Tharisa Minerals maintains its relationship with the community through a dedicated community liaison officer and via engagement forums, which include the local municipality.
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