The beneficiary communities around the Sishen Iron Ore Company operations are located in the poorest and most underdeveloped regions of South Africa. They range from urban and rural settlements with vast distances between each location. This increases the difficulty in creating sustainable opportunities to ensure valuable contribution to the upliftment of these communities.
Each community faces different socio-economic conditions, from lack of basic infrastructure, poor schooling facilities, and limited youth development opportunities. This means that the viability of projects must be critically screened to ensure a lasting impact on communities.
Proceeds of the Trust’s returns have ordinarily been invested in five identified communities namely Thabazimbi, Tsantsabane, Ga-Segonyana, Gamagara and a specific focus on the community of people living with disability in the Northern Cape and Limpopo (Thabazimbi) provinces.
These communities are illustrated graphically in the Figure 1 below.
THABAZIMBI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY
Thabazimbi municipality is situated in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province. Thabazimbi, which means “mountain of iron”in Setswana, was named after the lucrative iron ore that was found in the vicinity. The Godisang Thabazimbi Community Development Trust (GT- cdt) was established in 2015 by SIOC-cdt to serve the needs of the community of the Thabazimbi local municipality.
THE NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE
The Northern Cape (Afrikaans: Noord-Kaap; Tswana: Kapa Bokone) is the largest and most sparsely populated province of South Africa. It was created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. Its capital is Kimberley.