Investing in the Success of our Communities

Aug 11, 2022 - Insights

Local Economic Development projects in South Africa have a positive impact on communities and residents.

In 2021, Tronox invested over R9.8 million (US$595,340) to enhance communities near our Namakwa Sands sites. The funds were used to renovate the community hall, construct classrooms at two primary schools, and refurbish the restroom facilities at a secondary school. The gift also funded a new kitchen at a primary school and the addition of solar panels and air conditioners to the classroom and administration block. These projects created close to 80 temporary jobs for the local community.

Tronox hosted stakeholders for the official opening of these completed Local Economic Development (LED) projects in June. Mpho Mothoa, managing director-SA & KSA at Tronox, was joined by Johan ver der Hoven, the executive mayor of Matzikama, to hand over the school infrastructure projects to the community beneficiaries.  

Representatives from Tronox and the communities surrounding Tronox’s Namakwa Sands site gather during the dedication ceremony of Local Economic Development projects.

“One of our core Tronox values is that we honor our responsibility to create value for our stakeholders,” Mpho said. “We do that in various ways, such as working with our host communities and government stakeholders, and looking at specific projects that focus on community upliftment and development.”

During the handover ceremony, Executive Mayor ver der Hoven expressed his appreciation for Tronox and the changes they have enabled.

“I am grateful and encouraged that we have completed these projects,” he said. “It makes a significant and visible difference in our communities.”

Mpho Mothoa, managing director-SA & KSA at Tronox, right, unveils the dedication plaque on one of the Tronox-funded structures.

Tronox’s vision is to create an enabling future for members of our host communities. These LED projects had added benefits for the communities, as it created procurement opportunities.

“I am proud that, through the implementation of these projects, we have spread the cake even wider,” Mpho said. “Community-owned businesses were involved in these projects and created an excess of 80 job opportunities for the community. This speaks to who we are as Tronox; a responsible corporate citizen.”

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