Exxaro recently held a sod-turning ceremony for Phase 1 of the Sports, Art and Culture Precinct as part of its mission to empower the Marapong community.The precinct is currently being built in partnership with the Lephalale Municipality and the Limpopo’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. Delivered by Grootegeluk Coal Mine, the sod-turning ceremony took place in May 2021 and represents one of the projects the operation has committed to in its 2022 Social Labour Plan for the Marapong Corridor. Other commitments include an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre, as well as a new school hall and additional classrooms for Nelsonskop Primary School. “Fostering relationships with our communities and people is key to our business growth and success. Our goal is to create resilient and self-sufficient communities in the long term by implementing local development initiatives to improve social infrastructure, education, employment, and local procurement,” explained Ronaldt Mafoko, Grootegeluk operations general manger. Serving as a safe place for community members to practice athletics, soccer and rugby, the Marapong Sports, Arts and Culture Precinct will uplift the people of Marapong. It will also provide facilities for a clubhouse and art exhibition centre.
“To ensure measurable benefits, our social impact approach evaluates the scope and scale of the initiatives implemented in the communities surrounding our operations. We want to offer the people of the community an environment for a cultural and sustainable livelihood,” added Mzila Mthenjane, Executive Head: Stakeholder Affairs.