Success stories

Ensuring the social, economic and environmental viability of our host communities and the broader economy is critical to safeguard the continuing viability of our business.

The impact of our social investments

Each year, Trialogue, an external consultant reviews and assesses the socio-economic impacts of a selection of our social investments. During the 2016 financial year, Trialogue visited 13 of our socio-economic development (SED) projects – 11 in South Africa and two in Zimbabwe – as well as one housing project in South Africa. The review found evidence of a high level of benefit associated with our investments.

The 11 projects in South Africa benefited around 7 000 people, while close to 4 000 people benefited from the two projects in Zimbabwe.

In the 2016 financial year we contributed R10 million towards the Impala Bafokeng Trust (IBT). The IBT was established in 2007 by the Royal Bafokeng Nation and ourselves to augment the corporate social investment commitments of both organisations. Programmes funded by the IBT during the 2016 financial year benefited more than 8 500 vulnerable children, people with HIV/Aids, early childhood development (ECD) practitioners, educators and learners in the Bafokeng area.

The demographic breakdown shows that 100% of the beneficiaries of the reviewed development projects were black.

Meanwhile, the development of houses for our Rustenburg employees through the Platinum Village accommodation project has progressed well. Phase one was completed during the 2015 financial year, with 557 new houses sold. More than 80% of those who benefited became homeowners for the first time.


The two Zimplats projects reviewed were a livestock commercialisation project and a community resettlement project. The livestock commercialisation project aims to empower more than 2 500 households in the Mhondoro-Ngezi district by making livestock production a viable business. The relocation project aims to resettle to a safe area the 10 families who reside close to a tailings storage facility and offer them appropriate compensation and restoration of their livelihoods.

Our funding of business incubator Raizcorp means incubator services can be extended to a number of small local organisations that are not part of our supply chain. Mpho Tshukudu, a dietician, participated in the programme and has experienced great success as a result.

In line with the National Development Plan priorities and our own skills requirements, we continue to fund a number of education projects, including the Implats school support mentorship and sports programmes, which benefits over 5 400 learners at eight schools in and around Rustenburg.

Impala Platinum village school

Impala Platinum village school

Implats' Rustenburg operations, Impala Platinum, in partnership with the North West Department of Education and Sports Development and the Impala Bafokeng Trust (IBT) officially opened three schools at a celebratory event in Rustenburg today.

Platinum Village housing development

Platinum fuel cells

The enterprising dietician

Zimplats community resettlement project