Impala Rustenburg and Mine Host Community Business Forums Establish Impactful Engagement Platform

AAn impactful, mutually beneficial and results-based engagement platform has been established by Impala Rustenburg and 14 host mine community business forums, with the aim of strengthening the relationship between Impala and the mining community. local business.

The Impala Mine Host Community Business Forum Engagement Platform is a legitimate and recognized structure that will enable business forums to build trust and improve relationships with stakeholders, thereby which in turn will maintain operational stability.

The engagement platform will provide local business forums with information on inclusive preferential sourcing opportunities, business and supplier development (ESD) initiatives, and social and labor plan (LED) sourcing opportunities . The Engagement Platform will also facilitate Impala’s updates and progress reports on purchases spent for Business Forums, and provide a structure for Impala to receive feedback from Business Forums from the host community of the mine.

Comments Neo Kgaje from the Mine Host Community Business Forum (MHCBF) representing the collective of 14 business forums, “We believe this is a promising opportunity for our business forums to build a positive relationship with Impala, and an opportunity to change the narrative on the relationship between mining companies and local business forums.We look forward to creating a platform for two-way engagement where recommendations and proposals are put forward to enable positive outcomes that will have an impact on the local economy in an inclusive, transformative and progressive way.

Mark Munroe, Managing Director of Impala Rustenburg, said, “Impala Rustenburg’s commitment to SME development in our mining communities is demonstrated by our investment in many impactful initiatives that are part of our social development plan. economic, which helps small, medium and micro-enterprise mining communities to formalize their businesses. We offer a five-day training program and a 12-month intensive ESD training program, which has benefited 400 SMEs since the launch of our ESD initiatives in 2021. This year we also launched an open economic inclusion center SMEs in all of our mines. mining communities and is designed to provide a venue for SMEs in mining communities to get support to formalize their businesses, access short courses and utilize the various business facilities available at the centre.

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Munroe continues, “The Mine Host Community Business Forum engagement platform aims to foster a spirit of collaboration and ensure the socio-economic well-being of SMEs in the Impala mining community. Two-way communication is the cornerstone of good stakeholder relations and is essential to ensure that all parties take advantage of procurement opportunities, ESD programs and other initiatives. We are excited to further open the channels of communication with SMMEs in our mining communities – and to work together to improve the future of Rustenburg.