Community Engagement at Xolobeni

MRC is committed and strives to be a responsible corporate citizen, uplifting and investing our achievements into the local communities around our areas of operation.

Over the period of time from 2002 to 2016, Mineral Commodities have been involved in at least four public participation processes to engage with interested and affected parties in relation to various prospecting right applications and Mining Right Applications. Consultations included the local royal family, the Eastern Cape Cabinet, the district municipality, the local municipality and the local Chamber of Commerce. The consultation was undertaken and a full report submitted to the DMR.

In 2015, the Company facilitated a public participation event, facilitated by an independent company and nominated Environmental Consultant. This provided the perfect opportunity for opponents to voice their concerns and place their comments on record.  The results of this well-advertised process were as follows;

  • 498 comments/issues raised by roughly 200 people

Based on the comments received the following:

  • 77% either fully support the mine or want the mine to build infrastructure (schools, roads, clinics etc) to upgrade the region
  • 10% are against the mine in principle
  • 5% Are undecided or have no opinion
  • 8% Wanted further studies to be done or more information

Accordingly on any statistical evaluation as well as the public participation process that has been conducted, the majority of the population supports the mining project, or at least wishes it to be assessed. 

Whilst the most recent official engagement, the 2015 efforts were not the first.

Since 2002, the Company has been involved in at least four public participation processes that engaged with interested and affected parties in relation to various prospecting right applications and Mining Right Applications. Consultations included the local royal family, the Eastern Cape Cabinet, the district municipality, the local municipality and the local Chamber of Commerce. For each consultation undertaken, a full report submitted to the DMR.

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