Leader of the Baphalane people, Kgosi Manotshe Ramokoka, said that the partnership initiated by Anglo American Platinum has helped the Baphalane people grow.

Since 2016, Anglo American Platinium has empowered Zizwe Batlase through contracts for mining services at its Amandelbult Complex in Limpopo.

Zizwe Batlase is 51% owned by the Baphalane Community Trust—providing an opportunity for the community to have a stake in the business.

Kgosi Manotshe Ramokoka said Anglo American Platinum is helping them to grow.

“Through our partnership with Zizwe Batlase, we have learnt a lot. We are now co-owners of a growing mining business and are now able to provide opportunities such as employment, SMME development, infrastructure development and business opportunities to local and small businesses,” said the king.

He said the NGOs in our communities are directly benefiting from the profits generated.

“You can see how much the standard of living in our community has improved. Our people are now able to come up with many useful proposals which will help this community prosper,” said Kgosi  Ramokoka.

Through the joint-venture with Zizwe Opencast Mining, the Baphalane Community Trust (Batlase Trust) will be able to use some of the money to build tarred roads and eradicate pit toilets.

“Once the minerals are depleted, we hope that our people will be able to develop the area for our tourism industry,” Kgosi Ramokoka added.