LLM signs memo of agreement


LEPHALALE — Ferrum Iron Ore (Pty) (FIO) Limited, which was granted mining rights in Lephalale area in 2012, signed a memorandum of agreement with Lephalale Local Municipality (LLM) at the municipal council chamber on Tuesday 28 June 2016. The agreement stated the mining company’s commitment towards local skills development and local SMME Development.
According to the agreement FIO will contribute toward skills development, targeting schools that are performing well in mathematics and science. FIO undertakes to establish a technical college in partnership with other stakeholders at Ga-Seleka village. The company will also contribute towards the Mayoral Bursary Scheme, starting with the 2016 matriculants.
In recruiting, the company agrees to give preference to local jobseekers. The mine will also appoint local registered SMME companies, utilizing the Municipal SMME data base as a guideline. The company is committed towards skills transfer in particular mining related skills. In consultation with LLM, the mine will appoint a Community Liaison Officer. Other projects which the mine will participate in, include phase 5 of the Seleka-Witpoort water scheme project as well as the bulk water supply from Lephalale to rural areas.
The Mayor of Lephalale, Cllr M J Maeko said during the signing of the MOA that the agreement and the SLP shows the mine’s commitment towards empowering local people and more especially previously disadvantaged communities. The Mayor encouraged other companies to follow suite and sign agreements with the Municipality to ensure good working relations that will benefit local rural communities.

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