angloamerican fullBL Premium reports that Anglo American has joined forces with Exxaro Resources to foster economic and job opportunities outside of mining in Limpopo.  

One of the biggest risks identified by mining executives is community unrest around their operations as municipalities either buckle under corruption and incompetence or lack the skills to provide services to attract businesses, leading to unemployment and demands for jobs and benefits from mines.  Anglo, through Anglo American Platinum, owns the Mogalakwena open-cast operation, which is often in the news because of difficult relations with its neighbouring communities.  Coal miner Exxaro has joined Anglo, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and World Vision International along with the Limpopo government to push the creation of employment opportunities outside mining and the formation of businesses to sustain communities after mining is completed.  It has taken more than a year of intense negotiations with the Limpopo government, community groups, faith groups and non-governmental organisations to align strategies and processes to come up with what is called Impact Catalyst.  For Anglo, the initiative will include communities around Mogalakwena and further afield in the province where Exxaro has large coal mines supplying Eskom and the export markets.  “At the heart of this, we want to create sustainable communities that can survive after mining in our host areas,” Anglo’s Andile Sangqu said.


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