Socio Economic Development and Stakeholder Engagement
Kangala Colliery Launches Grade R Class at Swartklip Combined School, Delmas
The Sod Turning event to mark commencement of the construction of Grade R Class at Swartklip Combined School.
Universal Coal is delighted to introduce Grade R, a pre-primary class which plays an important role in early childhood educational development. Universal Coal initiated and implemented the project to improve the quality of early education for the immediate hosting community. The infrastructure will be comprised of a big classroom with ablution facilities, offices and a kitchen to cater for thirty five (35) children. Construction work has been awarded to a local community supplier, who will in turn hire labourers from the community thereby creating jobs for the local community members. The project is not part of our Social and Labour Plan which is a social licence to operate; it is above and beyond Universal Coal’s statutory obligation.
In his speech Mr Sabelo Masina, Local Economic Development Manager of Victor Khanye Local Municipality expressed gratitude to Kangala Colliery: “As the municipality, we appreciate what Universal Coal is doing and we strongly believe that we all should strengthen the communication between Mines and the Municipality”
The school principal, Ms Mashego commended Universal Coal and mentioned that Kangala Colliery has come to the party not once, but on several occasions in the past as well. We are grateful that the company has pledged to build the Grade R class at our school.
The partnership between our school, Universal Coal and the local Municipality is very important as they are making sure that our learners benefit in a long-term educationally.
Other than building the classrooms which will feed into our school, the company also assisted last year by providing the school with study materials for Grade 12 study camps which was hosted at the school. Forty six (46) learners participated in the study camp during the school holidays, and more than thirty five (35) passed. Ms Mashego added: “We thank Universal Coal for their resilient support, and none of this would have been possible without their funding and intervention.”
Operator’s Skills Training Programme for 2015/16 Successfully Completed
Universal Coal’s Kangala operation commenced its mining activities in July 2013. During the recruitment process, it was extremely challenging to source the relevant skills required for the operation from the Victor Khanye Local Municipality due to lack of mining skills in the area. As a responsible cooperate citizen, in 2015 Universal Coal embarked on a mission to train one hundred and fifty local affected residents of Victor Khanye Local Municipality (VKLM) and equip them with heavy mining machinery operator’s skills within a period of one year.
To date, the programme has resulted in over one hundred local residents being successfully trained to become Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) qualified and competent operators on Articulated Dump Trucks (ADT) and Excavators.
Kangala Colliery Bursary Fund
Kangala Colliery established a Bursary Sponsorship Programme for previously disadvantaged and academically deserving students from the community to give them an opportunity to study at any public university in South Africa.
The Colliery’s first bursary fund has sponsored three students from VKLM schools with a comprehensive bursary that covers tuition fees, accommodation and meals, book allowance, experiential training and monthly allowance. The three bursars are born and bred in our hosting community, Delmas.
Handover of Nkangala Technical Vocational Education and Training College (Tvet) Campus In Delmas
The event was attended by the Honourable Executive Mayor of Victor Khanye Local Municipality, Mrs Eva Makhabane, Department of Higher Education and Training Executive Council and Management and community members.
Ms Minah Moabi, Universal Coal Corporate Affairs Director handed over the building official papers to Nkangala TVET College Deputy Chairperson of the Council, Ms Nomusa Kininda.
On the 5th of May 2017, Universal Coal in partnership with Victor Khanye Local Municipality (VKLM) and Exxaro handed over the long awaited TVET College in Delmas to Department of Higher Education and Training.
During construction four (4) Small, Medium & Micro Enterprise Businesses (SMMEs) were contracted to build, equip and furnish the TVET College. Thirty five (35) temporary jobs were created. The construction phase was completed in 2017 due to delayed registration process with the Department of Higher Education and Training which took longer than expected to approve the required specifications of the infrastructure in line with the Department’s regulations.
The College is scheduled to enrol the first learners in 2018. Mr Petrie Erasmus, General Manager Kangala Colliery committed to further assist the learners with bursaries.
The Chief Whip of the Municipality, Councillor Vusi Buda said that it has always been the wish of the Municipality to have the college, the Municipality is very pleased with this milestone for the construction of the college. Delmas community is growing very fast because of the booming mining sector making it necessary to instil relevant skills in the local community to eradicate unemployment.
Executive Mayor, Eva Makhabane expressed her appreciation for the contribution that Universal Coal has made through its partnership with other funders and hopes that many companies will follow suit to benefit the communities in the Victor Khanye Local Municipality.
The Future of Tomorrows Leaders
The days of going barefooted in the cold to school are over for the Grade One learners from eight Primary Schools in the surrounding areas. Kangala Colliery has donated over 300 pairs of school shoes as part of the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to the community.
The initiative was triggered by our drive to encourage learners in need to go to school and have access to education. It is about changing the learners through instilling a positive attitude towards education, giving them hope and dignity, boosting self-esteem and restore confidence with the gift of a brand new pair of quality school shoes.
The School shoes were handed over by the Kangala General Manager, Mr Petrie Erasmus and Mayor of Victor Khanye Local municipality, Honourable Mrs Eva Makhabane.
The Mayor commended Universal Coal for the initiatives that are educational and focused on changing young lives, giving learners and youth opportunities to study further.
Small Enterprise Development
Our mission is well focused on generating economic vibrancy to our host community who has so far made the environment conducive for our operation. Our approach to enterprise and supplier development is to nurture, advance and sustain Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) by providing technical and business development support, through mentoring and coaching.
As part of Kangala Colliery’s enterprise development program to empower small-medium and micro enterprises few local logistics contactors have been selected and awarded a contract to participate in the trucking of coal product from our operation to various Power generation stations.
In addition, Community individuals from the vicinity of Kangala operation have been assisted to establish a company that will operate the Mine’s laundry facility. The prospective entrepreneurs have been equipped with essential skills to run the business and empowered with the resources needed to develop the company into a medium-large business, establish themselves in their respective markets and expand their networks.