The beneficiary communities around the Sishen Iron Ore Company operations are located in some of the 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 challenges, from lack of basic infrastructure to inadequate 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.
Regional Beneficiary Community Maps (click to open larger image)
SIOC-CDT's primary goal is to implement sustainable socio-economic initiatives through partnering with key stakeholders to ensure that beneficiary communities have sustainable income and are empowered to thrive beyond the lifespan of the mine.