Educational Opportunities & Xolobeni

Mineral Commodities are committed to the investment in education in our people and in the communities with which we work.

The Company has various community and operational initiatives which are designed to increase measurable educational outcomes amongst community members and company employees, and we are very proud to report on the various programmes we administer.

Some of the programmes the Company facilitate include Adult Basic Education & Training (ABET), Learnerships,

Mdatya High School Infrastructure Project

Project Description – Presently, Mdatya High School is dilapidated and the pupils are exposed to safety and health risks and accordingly lacks structures which are imperative to the enhancement of quality education and to the proper functioning of the school.


The Company recognises the provision of quality education to learners as a national priority. In order to improve the quality of education within the mine community area, the Company, the Department of Education together with the community have identified the need to provide a reputable School and the Resource Centre at Mdatya High School. The project entails the construction of classrooms and the Resource Centre in order to provide learners with adequate learning material and resources to ensure that quality education and learning is offered to all learners at the school.


The Company will partner with the Department of Education in order to provide the decent classrooms and the necessary equipment and learning material required for the further development of this project. The Centre will be aimed at providing the schools with the following facilities: –

  • Library;
  • Staffroom;
  • Computer Facilities;
  • Store Room;
  • Principal’s Office; and
  • Computer Lab.


On completion of the project and the five-year cycle, the Company will hand over the project to the Department of Education.

The budget for this project alone is currently set at R17 000 000.

The Company has committed over R35,000,000 for local economic development programs alone.

Real Outcomes

In 2003, our South-African subsidiary company, TEM, awarded the first of many bursaries for an Environmental Management degree at the University of South Africa to a local resident of Xolobeni. Today, this very student is a fully qualifiedChief Marine Conservation Inspector and currently employed by the Department of Fisheries and Conservation. This former Xolobeni student is now responsible for patrolling the area, and offering education to various communities on environmental sustainability practices and the increased awareness of native fauna and flora.

In addition through MSR, the company has 10 young people involved in internships training as millwrights, fitters and turners, boilermakers, diesel mechanics and electricians.  Our target is to have 21 interns a year.

At the beginning of 2015, Tormin awarded bursaries to two learners from disadvantaged communities who completed matric with very good grades and who have been at Stellenbosch University one studying B Accounting and another, BSc Chemistry.  Two students from the Eastern Cape received 1 year scholarships for their final year studies in surveying and geology.


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