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.


Each year Trialogue conducts an independent review and assessment of the socio-economic impacts of a selection of our social investment projects and programmes. For the 2018 financial year, 19 of these initiatives were reviewed, comprising 13 infrastructure projects, two education programmes, two discretionary donation projects and two enterprise development (ED) projects.

Sixteen of the initiatives were in South Africa, accounting for R98.7 million (72%) of the total R137 million social investment expenditure in FY2018. Three initiatives were in Zimbabwe, accounting for US$2.3 million (39%) of the total US$5.97 million social investment spend at Zimplats in FY2018. The following is a summary of the identified beneficiaries associated with the reviewed investments:

  • In 2018, our social investment expenditure on the reviewed initiatives directly benefited approximately 21 000 people in South Africa and 73 000 people in Zimbabwe.
  • The beneficiaries were 99.9% black.
  • The largest proportion of the South African beneficiaries (67%) benefited from three community road projects in Marula, Luka and Kanana.
  • In Zimbabwe, the Kadoma district hospital project supported the majority (74%) of the identified beneficiaries.
  • Learnerships accounted for 20% (R26.7 million) of our FY2018 social investment spend in South Africa, the largest programme in terms of spend, and the bursary programme accounted for 3% (R3.7 million).
  • 162 students benefited directly from the learnership (119) and bursary (43) programmes in FY2018.
  • Since 2008 Implats has supported a total of 259 learnership students. Just over a quarter of the learners (68) have been employed by Implats after graduating from the programme.
  • To date, 72 of our bursary students have graduated, of which 62 are employed by Implats.
  • Our education-related infrastructure projects included the construction of two combined schools (primary and secondary) in Platinum Village and Sunrise View in the North West. The schools form an integral part of Impala’s Platinum Village and Sunrise View homeownership schemes. The Sunrise View schools opened in 2013 and currently have 1 825 learners in grades R to 12. The secondary school produced its first group of matriculants at the end of 2017 and achieved a 95.6% pass rate. Both Platinum Village and Sunrise View schools were officially launched in April 2018.
  • Our enterprise development interventions helped create or sustain 221 jobs in 16 small black-owned companies. These companies were either supported as part of our supplier development programme, through which local SMMEs that are part of our supply chain are trained and mentored by Aurik, or through our business incubator programme, run by Raizcorp.
  • An additional 527 construction jobs were created as a result of our infrastructure projects.
  • The two Zimplats infrastructure projects reviewed provided much-needed support to the public sector through the renovation of Kadoma district hospital and the construction of Turf police station, both located in Zimplats’ area of operation. Kadoma hospital is a major referral hospital with average admissions of 150 patients per day. The new police station aims to ensure the preservation of law and order and protection of the community, including Zimplats employees who form the bulk of Turf residents.

Project review

Of the 19 initiatives reviewed, 16 were rated as good, with scores of over 60% while three projects fell below the 60% mark and were rated as adequate. The projects that scored lowest did not yet have systems in place to monitor their outcomes and/or were in areas where significant risks such as community unrest exist.

2018 highlights

We completed eight infrastructure projects in South Africa including the construction of the Luka Makgotla Offices, Luka and Kanana roads and storm-water drainage systems, the Kanana multi-purpose centre, and an upgrade of Berseba School. Anecdotal accounts from beneficiaries indicate improved sentiment towards Implats as a result of these projects.

Overall rating of projects reviewed

* SLP project completed in FY2018.

Platinum village primary and secondary schools

Platinum village primary and secondary schools

As at the end of the 2018 financial year we have constructed 967 homes for our employees in the Platinum Village housing development. We are in the process of building the remaining two phases of the development, which will provide an additional 1 453 houses.

This is a part of our home ownership programme, through which we endeavour to enable our workforce to reside with their families in housing that is stable, healthy, of adequate size, serviced with water, sanitation and electricity, and within easy commuting distance of work. Our aim is to have all our employees living in these conditions by 2020. Once completed, this development will have cost R1.3 billion.

We believe that building sustainable communities also means improving people’s access to education facilities. As such, we partnered with the North West Department of Education and Sport Development and the IBT to construct the Platinum Village Combined Primary and Secondary School which was completed in 2016 and became operational in 2017.

Implats contributed R50 million to the R110 million cost of constructing the school. The construction of the school provided jobs for over 130 skilled and unskilled people and the schools currently employ a total of 44 people (34 educators and ten support staff).

Both schools opened with a limited learner intake and a three-year strategy to increase the enrolment to a total capacity of 1 700. In 2018, 1 049 learners were enrolled in the school.

Implats remains committed to the Platinum Village community and to the school that we have built. We believe that our contribution should go beyond infrastructure and as such, the schools are included in Implats’ School Support Programme (SSP) which provides mentorship for educators, management support for the principals, sports coaching for the learners, and sports coaching skills for the educators.