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In the heart of South Africa, Glencore Coal’s initiatives are weaving a tale of empowerment and resilience. From uplifting education in math and science to fostering local businesses and nurturing sports talent, Glencore is sculpting a sustainable future for communities around Emalahleni.

“WE DEVELOP TEACHERS INTO CHAMPIONS OF MATHS AND SCIENCE”

The People

Thabo Nkalakatha – Centre Manager of Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Business Centre (30 sec)

Thabo Nkalakatha emphasizes the goal of Glencore’s ESD Centre: supporting small businesses towards sustainability and enabling them to collaborate with Glencore, ultimately fostering job creation and economic empowerment in their communities.

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Linda Zwane – Vice President of SAFA (30 Sec)

Linda Zwane from SAFA explains how Glencore’s coaching training in Emalahleni is vital for nurturing young football talents, ensuring they receive foundational skills and guidance to reach their full potential on and off the field.

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Innocentia Sefawu – Learner at Makause Combined School (30 Sec)

After Glencore provided sanitary pads, Innocentia Sefawu and her peers at Makause School saw their confidence soar. Attendance improved significantly, easing the stress of periods and focusing on their education without barriers

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Bongani Thabethe – Coaching for Success (60 Sec)

Bongani Thabethe transformed from an inexperienced coach to a mentor for young players in Emalahleni, thanks to Glencore and SAFA’s training. His story reflects the journey towards building winning teams and fostering community spirit through football.

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Nompilo Sindane of Dwala Mining (60 Sec)

Nompilo Sindane, from Dwala Mining, shares how Glencore’s ESD program offered crucial business acumen and networking opportunities, helping her navigate the mining industry’s challenges and envision a future of collaboration and growth.

Noel Pillay – General Manager of Regulatory & Community Affairs at Glencore Coal South Africa (60 Sec)

Noel Pillay champions community upliftment in Emalahleni, focusing on education, sports, and the arts, ensuring a sustainable future beyond coal mining. These initiatives embody a commitment to leaving a lasting, positive impact on local communities.

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The Story

In Emalahleni, South Africa, Glencore Coal’s initiatives are more than mining; they’re about enriching lives and fostering dreams. Through the story of Nompilo Sindane, a geologist turned entrepreneur, we witness the transformative power of support for women and black-owned businesses in a challenging industry. Education takes a front seat with the Ligbron E-Learning project at Makause Combined School, where math and science achievements soar, lighting the path for students like Innocentia Sefawu, who aspires to be a cardiologist. The provision of sanitary pads through the Khululeka campaign breaks down barriers, boosting female student attendance and confidence.

Glencore’s efforts extend into economic empowerment, with the Enterprise Supplier Development Business Centre nurturing local entrepreneurs. On the sports field, partnerships with the local football association and SAFA empower coaches and young athletes, fostering team spirit and ambition. This multifaceted approach ensures that Glencore’s legacy in Emalahleni will be measured not by the coal extracted but by the resilient, empowered communities it leaves behind, marking a future where success is nurtured and dreams are attainable for everyone involved.

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GLENCORE business centre
GLENCORE business centre
Natasia Marx, Co-ordinator of Ligbron e-Learning at Makause Combined School
Natasia Marx, Co-ordinator of Ligbron e-Learning at Makause Combined School
Glencore coal mine
Glencore coal mine
Jacob Frederick, Head of Department for Mathematics at Makause Combined School
Jacob Frederick, Head of Department for Mathematics at Makause Combined School
Young talent in rural communities is being nurtured with SAFA-accredited coaches
Young talent in rural communities is being nurtured with SAFA-accredited coaches

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