OUR INITIATIVES

We have a variety of building blocks at our disposal. We're using them to better society and leave a positive legacy.

Projects

Community Empowerment

Socio-economic development has always formed part of Exxaro’s DNA. The Exxaro Foundation (EF) and Exxaro Chairman’s Fund (ECF) serve as conduits for the provision of resources for the Exxaro Group’s socio-economic development projects. Our primary objective is this: To power better lives in Africa and beyond.

 

The EF and ECF have been in existence for over 30 years and are registered as trusts. Most social and labour plan projects are channelled through the ECF to which all our operations contribute.

 

Take a look at some of the relationships we’ve built and the foundations we’ve laid through our various projects.

MTB Academy

In 2011, three Exxaro teams participated in the Absa Cape Epic and raised R1.5 million for charity. Though the event was incredibly successful for the organisation in that regard, one thing stood out clearly that year – there was an absence of any historically disadvantaged South African (HDSA) riders.

 

At that very event, Sipho Nkosi, Exxaro CEO, expressed his wish to see a child from one of the organisation’s rural mining communities participate in, and even maybe win the Absa Cape Epic one day. This sparked the idea of bringing mountain biking to all levels of society in South Africa.

Education Projects

The Exxaro People Development Initiative (EPDI) is an accountable body that governs and tracks all education and skills initiatives in areas where the organisation has a footprint. Although Exxaro has significantly contributed towards education in the past, a new strategy has been developed to address identified gaps, and align to the national education strategy, as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP). Our new approach recognises creating a solid foundation in a child’s early years of learning as a fundamental need.          

 

Belfast Schools’ Academic Programme

 

The Belfast Schools’ Academic Programme, covering schools in the Emakhazeni Local Municipality, is a successful public-private partnership between Belfast, the Mpumalanga Department of Education, as well as local school principals.

Agriculture Projects

Amokelani Farm

 

Agricultural development was identified as an opportunity for local communities to improve food security, alleviate poverty and help create employment opportunities. 

Infrastructure Projects

Without proper infrastructure such as housing, community centres, and roads, no rural community can hope to start building a sustainable society. Infrastructure investment maximises value to business and surrounding communities by facilitating the sourcing of skilled labour, goods, and services.   

 

Klarinet Sports Facility

 

Klarinet celebrated when Emalahleni Municipality took ownership of a new multi-sports structure built by Exxaro for the enjoyment of the community, as part of a development hub. Schools and members of the community now have access to the first-rate facility, and as a result we have a happier, healthier Klarinet.

Health Projects

Due to socio economic challenges, vulnerable communities are most at risk of food shortages, lack of access to energy, drinking water, and proper sanitation, and therefore are most likely to become ill. Exxaro partners with other businesses and the government to implement health awareness campaigns for primary health care.