The local communities around our mines provide us with talented workers and suppliers and provide a secure environment for our mines. That gives our company a significant advantage, and in return we invest in catalysing lasting advancement in education, healthcare and economic opportunity.
Our policy is to put the local community themselves in the driving seat of this development, through the establishment of elected community development committees (CDCs). These committees consist of local leaders as well as women and youth group representatives who become responsible for the allocation of a community investment budget within five sustainable development categories:
- primary health
- food security
- potable water
- local economic development
We also strive to ensure that projects which enhance skills and economic opportunities for women are appropriately supported throughout all our local communities.