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exxaroMining Weekly reports that coal and heavy minerals producer Exxaro Resources has announced a R19.7-million, five-year tuberculosis (TB) initiative at its Grootegeluk mine in Limpopo’s Waterberg district.

The initiative will benefit mine employees and the host community and will focus on home-based healthcare, preventive care and treating the most vulnerable community members first. In response to the need for TB support, Exxaro has partnered with Anglo American, as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), engineering multinational Zutari and humanitarian organisation World Vision to form the Impact Catalyst. Together, the partners have proposed a far-reaching programme to support optimal primary healthcare in mining communities that are experiencing increasing HIV and TB infections. The team had contracted the University of Pretoria’s (UP's) Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Research Unit to identify high-prevalence communities that need healthcare aid. Waterberg was pinpointed as one such community battling an HIV and TB crisis – with the two diseases cited as the leading causes of death among men and women in the 25 to 64 age group. The project will be run by Exxaro and UP.

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