Assmang, in collaboration with their supplier M-SHEX which recycles plastics, glass and paper, invited three primary schools in Kathu ie Curro Ka-thu, Kathu Primary School and Sishen In-termediate Mine School to take part in a re-cycling competition.
The winner, Sishen Intermediate Mine School, walked away with a cash prize to the value of a staggering R10 000, the se-cond prize of R4000 went to Curro Kathu and the third prize of R2000 to Kathu Pri-mary School.
The school recycling challenge provided a direct educational message to house-holds regarding recycling and the reduction of contamination. The schools had to col-lect plastic bottles and hand them over to M-SHEX.
Assmang Kumani funded this initiative. The mining company is adamant that it will continue to run such competitions in years to come with more developmental and stra-
tegic plans to educate youngsters about the importance of protecting the environment.
David Moshesh from M-SHEX said “Not only are we increasing recycling rates, but it is the important way for us all to contribute to our country's environmental targets. Re-sidents who recycle paper, cardboard, alu-minium, steel, plastics and glass correctly can really help their local authority bring in the cash needed to keep the waste collect-ion costs down”.
The overwhelmed Headmaster of Sishen Intermediate, Mr Okhaa, said they will use the prize money for the upliftment of school projects. He added that they have identified some learners who are struggling with school equipment and they will extend their hands to such learners.
Elrinda Rost from Assmang, expressed her gratitude to the schools that participa-ted in the competition and said it was a learning curve for all participants about how to take care of the environment.

While the Office of the Premier's ultimate goal in hosting a Mi-ning Indaba in Kuruman on No-vember 16, 2017 was multi-pronged in confronting challenges facing communi-ties around the mining houses, it was also an endeavour to restore sanity and improve transparency on behalf of the mines and the Premier's Office.
Despite the commendable effort of the Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's office, the event was either criticised or shot down by the uncharacteristic pro-testing community forums, labelling it as a non-event. They also expected to be recognised and given the platform to vent out their interminable demands. After initially being refused entry into the main hall, the groups assembled as a united common front to ensure that their concerns would be heard.
As they were eventually permitted to enter the hall, they behaved like a bull in a China shop. They disrupted the pro-ceedings momentarily before order was restored.
The forums spelt out their concerns about the mines giving them deaf ears and unflinchingly declared that a new wave of protests will be on the cards.
They said that while the dodgy mines are in reality only donating “infinitesimal amounts” to the communities in their efforts to fulfil their social labour plans, the level of poverty is meteoric and re-mains on an upward trend.
Responding to the Kathu Gazette out-side the Thabo Moorosi multi-purpose centre, on why they should not resort to protests, they said that protests are the language mines better understand in or-der to create opportunities for dialogue that will hopefully lead to the unleashing of the desired results.
This time, the groups categorically stated that their stand-off is projected to leave an indelible mark so that the loss incurred through lack of operations or another could be a good comparison between obliging to the clarion call and rubbishing their perennial appeals.
Asked to give the precise expectations from the mines, the group mentioned a plethora of demands and assumed imperfections that the mines ought to fulfil and correct. Top on the list are employment opportunities, business op-portunities and infra-structural develop-ment in the various villages of the region.
All community organisations dealing with the mining issues have joined hands with resident forums to ensure there are commitment and determination by the mines.

Following the recent protest march in Postmasburg on Friday 15 Septem-ber 2017, the Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) in a media release noted the timeous responses of the three major mines targeted.
According to Alister Rodger Davids, spo-kesperson of the party, the responses have been tabled for scrutiny by the leadership of the STC, whereafter a response strategy will be formulated.
Mr Davids went on to explain that the STC's envisaged response strategy will hinge on five legs:
 Critical scrutiny of social and labour plans,             the Mining Charter commitments, corporate social investment, B-BBEE codes of good
practice and the Business Leadership South Africa's (BLSA's) pledge with South Africans, amongst others.
    Community feedback and mandating.
    Stakeholder engagement and the involvement of churches, civil society,
NGOs, CBOs, etc who care about the future of Tsantsabane.
    Legal consultation
    Tabling of agenda items for consideration at next council meeting.
Although the filing of responses within five days is seen as positive, the STC wishes to state that the response documents are gen-erally vague and void of meaningful feed-
back response to the specific demands rais-ed. The STC expects each and every stake-holder to propose a concrete programme of action on each and every aspect of their demands.
The STC generally agrees that a broad representative stakeholder forum or special task team be established to forge a sus-tainable and inclusive engagement traject-ory in the aftermath of the Friday 15 Sep-tember 2017 march. The party has, in partnership with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and civil society, launched a series of community feedback meetings to present the response documents of the mines to the community. They have also elected community representatives who will participate at the proposed broad represent-ative stakeholder forum or special task team.
The STC further wishes to register its dismay at the mines' attempts to try and demonise an otherwise legal and peaceful march. Although protesters were at times loud, vulgar and even impatient, as is the nature with events of such scale, their marshals went out of their way to calm the crowd.
The denial of access to ablution facilities to the elderly, women, etc, too infuriated the protestors. As indicated in an earlier press statement, the unnecessary prolonged wait
was doused with assistance of the public order police and STC and EFF marshalls.
The STC takes note of the criminal char-ges been laid and have already indicated to the South African Police Services (SAPS) their willingness to cooperate with any due process. However, in the same breath, they wish to caution the mines not to use criminal charges as some sort of negative pressure to frustrate a legitimate community cam-paign.
The STC acts on behalf of and is guided by the community's frustration of living on the doorstep of opportunity, but has been un-able to access such. When the STC said that they will intensify their campaign, they were serious. This should however not be con-strued as some kind of threat to anyone. The STC will not be intimidated with threats of legal action and interdicts. The STC remains a law-abiding political party and will apply legal methodology to heat up the atmos-phere. One way they could possibly intensify the campaign is by rolling out smaller, but more frequent demonstrations, with fifteen bodies or less. They do not need to give notice to the local authorities about a de-monstration, but as courtesy they informed the mines that there will be daily demonstra-tions.
The STC's constituency has been inform-ed about the ill-considered public violence cases pending and the STC's response will be based upon the community's input.
STC communication
for the mine man-agers led to the crowd becoming rowdy and this was doused with assistance of the public order police and STC and EFF marshalls.


The noble idea by the Office of the Northern Cape Premier to host the first mining indaba in the province re-cently in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district in Kuruman, received a mixed bag of fortunes.
The mining Indaba, undoubtedly the best innovation meant to bring a myriad of players and related stakeholders under the same roof, was seen by some as a mouth with some missing teeth though. The gist was to share the pros and cons in the sector and pave the way forward.
The Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial secretary Anele Gxoyiya, based in Kimberley, only paid a courtesy visit without formal invitation from organisers to the prestigious function.
Mr Gxoyiya greatly supported the initia-tive, however said that organisers lacked inclusivity, deeming it a waste of resources. After he had been given the platform to give his contribution to the auspicious occasion, during which he called a spade a spade, he marched out of Thabo Moorosi multi-pur-
and reiterated that such an important indaba was not supposed to involve only the pre-mier, a few mining houses and departments.
Echoing and unleashing the same com-ments he had uttered inside the hall, he said, “We were not invited as a labour movement and we just thought of coming to see what is going on. This was a very good idea to host a Northern Cape Mining Indaba however, conspicuously here, is the lack of broader inclusiveness.
“Only a few mines attended this function, yet this was an auspicious occasion where a lot of issues needed to be ironed out in the full glare of the stakeholders and the com-munity. How can such an occasion exclude chiefs from this area where these mines operate?
We suggest that another platform of this kind be organised with all sectors of the economy brought in to ensure that high le-vels of transparency can be achieved to the satisfaction of every player in the sector including the labour movement.”
There is a belief by the community that mines selectively attend to these important decision-making forums, because they know that they don't have winning respon-ses to pertinent issues raised by the people.
pose centre with his delegation, followed by both the state and the private media, he was very bold and reiterated that such an important indaba was not supposed to involve only the pre-mier, a few mining houses and departments.

The National Union of Mine-workers (NUM) confirmed on Friday 22 September 2017 that 67 NUM members who staged a sit-in underground have resurfaced from underground at Petra Dia-monds Finsch Mine.
"We can confirm that all the mem-bers are out of the underground and that they are safe and one was taken to hospital by ambulance due to hy-pertension and that the other four complained that the medication that they took was not working," said Te-bogo Kgomongwe, NUM Finsch Mine Deputy Branch Secretary.
The branch leadership, NUM members and together with the re-gional leadership, are very pleased to report that they managed to bring out those comrades from under-ground, unharmed, with no discip-linary action to be taken against them, their jobs are safe and that the strike will still continue. The workers are still aggrieved as a result of the employer not showing interest in their demands as tabled," Mr Kgo-mongwe added.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at Finsch Mine in Northern Cape have vowed to continue with their legal strike until Petra Diamonds address-
es their demands. The strike started on Monday afternoon 18 September 2017 after the employer failed to reach an agreement with the NUM.
Tebogo Kgomongwe, NUM Finsch Mine Deputy Branch Secretary, con-firmed that the issue is about the wages and other issues.
"We declared a wage dispute with the company and decided to go on strike on Monday afternoon. The strike is still going on. There are some members who are still under-ground since Monday. The mem-bers felt that if the company does not meet their demands they will remain underground. The total number of members who are underground is 67 and amongst them, there are also females, and those who take chronic medication, but the company has refused to allow us to take their medication underground," Mr Kgo-mongwe said.
"What angered the 67 members to refuse to come out of underground was when Petra Diamonds threaten-ed to withhold the bonuses that are due to be paid end of September. The company has also threatened to retrench them," he added.
The members of NUM demanded the following :
A 10% wage increase across the
board to be paid every month for three years.
A housing subsidy and living out allowance of R1500 to be paid every month for three years.
An increase of R1000 be paid to all employees who are part of the in-house medical aid scheme and 100% medical aid subsidy to em-ployees who do not belong to the in-house medical aid scheme.
Family responsibility leave to be increased from 3 to 5 days and 4 days must be fully paid and 1 unpaid.
Annual leave days to be increased from 19 to 21 days for Petra Dia-monds Ekapa and Koffiefontein ope-rations.
The pension fund must be in-creased from 7,5% to 9% per em-ployer's contribution.
Equal job value as per employ-ment equity act.
Various demands regarding long service awards.
The NUM Finsch Mine branch leadership was scheduled to have a press conference on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at the mine to update the media about the ongoing strike, however no further communi-cation was since received by the time the Kathu Gazette went to the printers.

The Northern Cape government has taken a bold step by identifying the mining sector as the potential driver to the economy in the province.
While the mines are churning out good dividends, they are shedding crocodile tears to develop the communities around their operations. As a result, the Premier Sylvia Lucas and her executives chose the John Taolo Gaetsewe region as an ideal platform to host the first Mining Indaba on November 16, 2017 at Thabo Moorosi multi-purpose centre in Mothibistad.
The relevant drivers in the sector could  exchange ideas and views to create an intervention strategy to address unemploy-ment, poverty and inequality and come up with sustainable mechanisms to those already affected as a means to shrug off economic ills, whilst bringing about radical transformation to the provincial economy.
In his welcome remarks the host mayor, councillor Neo George Masegela, said that the region is blessed with mineral resour-ces but that the lifestyle analysis of its community is a mockery.
Accompanied by MECs Jack, Sokatsha, Bartlett, Williams, Shushu and in the pre-sence of mayors, dignitaries from the Department of Mineral Resources, officials from different mining houses and the com-munity at large, the premier said that the Northern Cape is currently the prime fo-reign direct investment destination centre in the mining and energy sectors. The need for the renewed commitment between the mines and the broader sector of the econo-
my remains an unfulfilled appeal.
“As a province we are open and grateful for all the investments. Procurement by the large mining houses exceeds a total of R18- billion per year. The concern, however, is that besides the actual investment, the Northern Cape requires more local benefit through local beneficiation, corporate social investment and the required regula-tory mandated community socio-economic development funding”
The premier was bold enough to state that government is not looking for mining houses, but real partners that ought to embrace community development in their areas of operations.
She also said that mines must transfer skills to the retrenched as a means of capa-citating them. The Northern Cape com-munity believes mining houses are giving them a “widow's mite or a pittance” while citadels are built in all corners of the world by mining executives who derived their for-tunes from minerals extracted from their historical land.
On the sidelines of the indaba, the forums involved in the disruptions of mining opera-tions were spitting fire and renewed their appetite to stop the operations. They claim that poverty is distinct in villages less than 20km from these mining houses.
The other burning issue is the depressed procurement opportunities given to locals while outsiders are given the lion's share.
The Mining Indaba was co-sponsored by Alexor, Kumba Iron Ore and United Manga-nese Kalahari (UMK).
    

The annual commemoration of Heri-tage Month is perhaps one of the most joyful months South Africa celebrates.
Whether it is with song or dance, rituals or festivals, stories or social practices, Heri-tage Month provides all with an opportunity to celebrate the past whilst taking positive steps to build a shared future.
Just look at how much heritage and history the Northern Cape has to offer. Vast cultural richness rangs from the ancient rock art pre-served in the Karoo to the lively riel dances of the Namakwa, not to mention the ancient workshops found around Kathu.
Let us take a look at the local ancient heritage that has put Kathu on the world arc-heological map.
In the 1970s, archaeologist Peter Beau-mont, working at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, received a phone call that open-ed up a story that stretches back over a mil-lion years.
A farmer's son, playing in a sinkhole, had found a beautiful prehistoric stone tool. When Mr Beaumont saw it, he immediately recognised that it was an Acheulean hand-axe - the calling card of human ancestors who lived a million years ago.
Subsequent excavations around Kathu showed that this area, best known for its mineral resources, also is one of the richest
areas on the African continent for the ar-chaeology of human origins. Mr Beaumont carried out a series of major excavations mainly in the “pan” area near the airport.
For a bit over ten years, Professor Michael Chazan from the University of Toronto and his archaeological research team, co-direct-ed by archaeologist Steven Walker from the University of Cape Town, have been contin-uing in Mr Beaumont's footsteps and what they find continues to astound all and garner international attention.
Kathu today is arid, but in the past the land-scape was very different. The rivers ran with water and there were lakes dotted across the plain. One of the projects documented a large body of water where the Mamatwan mine is today. In one of the pans at Kathu, the team has found the teeth of elephants and hippos.
Scientific archaeology is a slow and com-plex undertaking, but the team is beginning to piece together the prehistoric record in Kathu.
The earliest trace of human presence is around 1.5-million years ago, contemporary with the Cradle of Humankind sites near Johannesburg.
At Kathu, very simple small tools from this period, heavily weathered by the passing time, have been found. By one million years ago, advances had been made in stone tools and handaxes. The bones of extinct animals have also been found.
The Townlands site, which extends from the Kathu Equestrian Club to the Heritage Mall, shows evidence of very intensive oc-cupation at this time - perhaps because there was a pool of water in the area.
By 500 000 years ago, stone tools had
made further developments. Research by Dr Jayne Wilkins at Kathu made internation-al news when she demonstrated that these half million-year-old tools include spear points - the earliest evidence of this techno-logy in the world. Another occupation from this period is found across a very wide area of the Bestwood farm.
Traces of the earliest representatives of our own species, Homo sapiens, have been found in Kathu in the form of small tools that were hafted into complex hunting tools.
The story of human occupation continues through to the ancestors of the San that is referred to as the Later Stone Age. Last year, a surprising rich deposit of Later Stone Age material that includes, what is thought to be carved ivory from about 5000 years ago, have been found.
The archaeological heritage of Kathu is a scientific treasure that each year brings scientists from around the world to search for new insight into the human past.
Preserving this heritage is a challenge in the context of development, but successful solutions to both protect and explore the heritage, while not hindering development, have been found. This unique archaeologi-cal heritage is also a cultural and tourism re-source that as yet is not fully exploited.
Together with the Wonderwerk Cave be-tween Daniëlskuil and Kuruman, the arc-haeological sites around Kathu are of inter-national significance. One of the handaxes Mr Beaumont recovered, is among the most beautiful prehistoric artifacts ever recover-ed. In fact, this ancient ambassador of Kathu made a trip around the globe as part of an exhibition at the British Museum.
You can learn more about this research at www.wonderwerkcave.com
You can also reach the research team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to let them know about any archaeological sites they should know about.
Introduction paragraphs by  Ismail Obaray - Democratic Alliance Member in the North-ern Cape Provincial Legislature
Text by Professor Michael Chazan from the University of Toronto


Kumba Iron Ore Sishen mine partnered with the Gamagara local municipality to upgrade the traffic station as part of the mine's community development programme.
As the station was initially design-ed to service only a small population, the pressure increased over the years which resulted in continuous breakdowns of equipment, particu-larly machinery at the vehicle testing station.
Constant breakages resulted in non-renewals of vehicle licenses,  requiring community members to vi-sit alternative stations outside of Kathu.
The Provincial Monitoring Unit and SABS inspectors continuously found faults in a number of opera-tional requirements at the station and office and filing space   contin-ued to be a huge challenge.
Over recent years, the Gamagara local municipality attempted to re-medy this situation, but due to the high amount of capital needed that
was not provisioned for in the bud-get, the attempt was fruitless. The project was suspended until such a time that council could afford it.
“During the Social and Labour Plan Engagements the municipality realised an opportunity to address these challenges and requested Sishen mine to allocate some fund-ing to the traffic station upgrade which they gladly agreed upon.
Sishen mine's Small Development Hub has played a significant role in ensuring that this project is imple-mented properly in accordance with the signed memorandum of under-standing. The dedication displayed in managing this project is highly appreciated,” said Refilwe Sebogodi, Director of Community Services at Gamagara local munici-pality.
The upgrades at the station in-clude the procurement of three office containers, a storage container, brand-new machinery equipment, a camera, new computer box, rollers to test brakes, both electrical and
infrastructural renovations as well as access control installation.
Acting Traffic Station Manager Bruce Slambert believes that the upgrade will not only benefit the community, but employees will have better equipment to work with in a safer environment.
Ms Sebogodi said that there is still a lot to be done, but that the current upgrades will bring relief to the pressure experienced previously. She also thanked Kumba for their dedication to community develop-ment.
Upgra-des to the station al-ready start-ed in Sep-tember 2017 and are set to be com-pleted by December 2017. KIO Communi-cation

Saturday 23 September 2017 marks the  official opening of the Kathu Parkrun with Com-rades Marathon legend, Bruce For-dyce, as  the guest at this presti-gious event.
Every Saturday for the past few months, even when it was freezing cold, a group of determined indivi-duals have been meeting in the mor-ning for a jog or walk close to the Eskom Ferrum Substation.
The run is set for 5 kilometres, but everyone is free to run the course twice or three times as they wish. Who knew that there were so many runners in Kathu ?
The Kathu parkrun is an initiative fully supported by the Northern Cape Mine Managers Association (NCMMA) Wellness Work stream, Lenmed Kathu Private Hospital and Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Mine.
The parkrun is a drive for healthy living and fosters community cohe-sion, as people from all walks of life meet and interact as they run and walk together.
The motto is : Kathu parkrun : You can give up on yourself, but we will never give up on you.
Such is the camaraderie during the
tion starting at 07:00 in the summer and 08:00 in the winter. You can bring your children on their bicycles, off-road prams or dogs on leashes. Adult supervision is required at all times though.
“Let's all come out on the 23rd of September at 08:00 and make heal-thy living a way of life. Bruce For-dyce, the legendary Comrades run-ner, will be there to officially open the Kathu parkrun !”
The parkrun is a global phenome-non, which started in London and New York and has spread to other places around the world. Every Sa-turday you wake up in the morning and get on the move. You can give up on yourself, but we will never give up on you.
Kathu parkrun : Every Saturday at 07:00 from the Eskom Ferrum Sub-station.
#Run slow #Run fast #Run happy #Run grumpy #Just parkrun #Set a personal best #Beat your personal best #Run free on a safe route #Healthy mind, healthy body #Fit for life, fit for work ! Come and join in the fun !
Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Mine com-munication
parkrun, that when some runners have finished their run, they go back to encourage and fetch the slower runners in the pack. The whole exer-cise is so much fun and so full of life.
To participate, the community is encouraged to go onto the parkrun website www.parkrun.co.za , regi-ster and print the barcode. Parti-cipants are required to produce this barcode at the runs so as to capture their running statistics and also, Discovery Vitality members will be able to gain vitality points from taking part in this run by linking their park-run profile to the Discovery Health Vitality program.
Speaking about the parkrun, Dr Nothando Moyo-Mubayiwa who has been instrumental in setting up the Kathu parkrun commented, “The parkrun is a first for Kathu where people are going to meet and run or walk together and hopefully grow fitter and healthier together. The more we sit and lead a sedentary lifestyle without any exercise, the higher the chances of lifestyle-related diseases and their complica-tions.
“The parkrun is just a 5 kilometre run from the Eskom Ferrum Substa-tion starting at 07:00 in the summer and 08:00 in the winter. You can bring your children on their bicycles, off-road prams or dogs on leashes. Adult supervision is required at all times though.
“Let's all come out on the 23rd of September at 08:00 and make heal-thy living a way of life. Bruce For-dyce, the legendary Comrades run-ner, will be there to officially open the Kathu parkrun !”
The parkrun is a global phenome-non, which started in London and New York and has spread to other places around the world. Every Sa-turday you wake up in the morning and get on the move. You can give up on yourself, but we will never give up on you.
Kathu parkrun : Every Saturday at 07:00 from the Eskom Ferrum Sub-station.
#Run slow #Run fast #Run happy #Run grumpy #Just parkrun #Set a personal best #Beat your personal best #Run free on a safe route #Healthy mind, healthy body #Fit for life, fit for work ! Come and join in the fun !
Kumba Iron Ore Sishen Mine com-munication

The Northern Cape Mine Managers Association (NCMMA) held a co-lourful day to celebrate and con-solidate safety, health and environment (SHE) day where most mines were respectively represented at the Kuruman show grounds on October 21, 2017.
The atmosphere was electric and befitting as each mine was a winner in that for the past twelve months no casu-alty was reported.
The host mine, Kalagadi Manganese, made the event a very memorable piece of a day to the entire mining fraternity as it availed the necessary atmosphere and ingredients for the event to be fluid. The stage, the presenters and all the neces-sary tools were at hand to carry out the episodic scenes that kept workers and their families in stitches with members of the community.
Mines had competitions in the various activities that characterise safety, health and environment as their day to day ope-rations.
First-aid, fire-fighting and fork-lifting competitions progressed well, while mu-sic, food, lucky draws and games sand-wiched the beauty of the day.
In his welcoming remarks the host Ge-neral Manager of Kalagadi Manganese, Wonder Zwane, said that the atmos-phere ought to reflect a family gathering and not competitors to celebrate the day with one achievement.
“By its very nature mining is unique and is a very complex environment involving challenging natural conditions and geo-logy. Where application of a myriad of skills, training and diligence, miners attempt to control and manage the chal-lenges of safety, health and environ-ment. It requires supreme vigilance every minute of every shift, leaving no space for laxity. Now it is time to cele-brate our achievement for the year,” said Mr Zwane, who also is the current NCMMA chairman encumbent.
Acknowledging that mining has been recognised as the most dangerous job and activity in the universe due to its hazardousness to humankind and the degradation to environment, the strong market demand for the subsurface pre-cious resource keeps it as nectar to the bees and relentlessly calls for unflinching advocacy for mines to make safety a top priority and improve working conditions of workers on regular basis.
Graced by the presence of the acting Provincial Director in the Department of Mineral Resources,  Mr Harry Sease, said that the Northern Cape has demon-strated that a casualty-free mining environment can be achieved and mines must maintain the tempo.
In response to how the Northern Cape mines managed to achieve the zero-ca-sualty target, Mr Sease said, “We are working as a collective and the depart-ment consults the mines on a regular basis, but not necessarily as a watchdog. In the process, we exchange ideas op-enly, as partners, on equal footing, to un-derstand one another better. I am here to-day to celebrate SHE day, because we have worked together in harmony through and through.”

Marking its decade of esta-blishment, Sishen Iron Ore community development trust (SIOC-cdt) held a stakeholder engagement meeting on September 05, 2017 at the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu, ostensibly aimed at introducing its new operational stra-tegy.
The trust came up with a syn-chronised approach that seeks to optimise spontaneous service deli-very to the community while object-ively eyeing investment as a means of creating self-sustainability.
The meeting was attended by dif-ferent stakeholders that included the municipal mayors from Gamagara, Joe Morolong, Ga-Segonyana, the John Taolo Gaetsewe district and broader members of the community.
Presenting an abridged summary of financial events of the trust was the chief executive officer Vusani Malie, in the presence of his non-ex-ecutive board.
In the decade under review, the trust received its three percent is-sued shares from Sishen Iron Ore amounting to R2.3-billion. The trust gobbled up R1.1-billion, funding 269 approved projects.
On the investment segment, the trust spent R528-million over the pe-riod, while the net asset value of in-vestment is pegged at R687-million with reciprocal returns standing at R196-million.
As the saying goes, “Every rose has its thorn,” the downturn in the mining sector somehow choked the fluidity in the transfer of shares at some point by the traditional donor, Kumba.
The economic hiccup necessita-ted the board to ponder on how the super-trust - which had become a conduit for the five beneficiary trusts based on Kumba’s mining activities - could be kept afloat while still fulfill-ing its assigned mandate which is to develop and invest in the communi-ties on a broader spectrum.
Harder decisions had to be taken to keep the flagship of the trust buo-yant and sustainable. The first step was to reduce the personnel at the beneficiary trusts considerably - a decision that was met with great re-sistance as part of a cost saving measure aimed at sustaining benefi-ciary trusts, while observing the cha-racteristics of a depressed market in the mining sector, more so iron ore.
The trend in the sector remained hostile to reverse the decision. In 2016, the board, with limited discre-tion, had to take a more rigorous step by approving a new strategy by establishing a single entity to carry out the SIOC-cdt mandate.
The decision was multi-pronged with merits and demerits, but on all accounts, it had to project the trust's objectives and vision first.
Secondly the SIOC-cdt  relocated
from Johannesburg to Kathu and this translated into fast decision-making. 
The economic burden of replica-ting positions in the beneficiary trusts has been expunged, as two of the beneficiary trusts, Maphalane and Tsantsabane, had to be consoli-dated into SIOC-cdt, while Gamaga-ra Development Trust and John Ta-olo Development Trust opted to re-main independent entities.
The trust's stakeholders are more accessible to it, mainly the municipa-lities, departments and other role players in the community where en-gagements in planning are invalu-able. The trust is local and has a di-rect impact on the monitoring and evaluation of projects within its ope-rational demographics.
In the plenary session, community members had mixed feelings over the restructuring strategies. As questions inundated the board and the relevant managers, answers were reciprocally as good to accom-modate the transitional jitters.
Vividly, the scale of advantages re-mains more tilted to the interest of the community, because there is more transparency - no bureaucracy and no middle man. Instead there is now access to obtain direct answers regarding community projects and other areas of special attention.

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