Modern Mining December 2022


South Africa Zijin Platinum donates feminine hygiene products to community teens

S outh Africa Zijin Platinum (Pty) Limited (a wholly owned sub sidiary of ww, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational, Zijin Mining Group), recently donated a total of 1 000 feminine hygiene products to young women in the communities of the Zijin Garatau Platinum Mine in Limpopo. The donation is now in its second year of implementation since the mine broke ground for construction in May 2021. Approximately seven million South African girls do not have access to, or cannot afford to buy, sanitary products, accord ing to statistics presented at the Menstrual Health Management Symposium in June 2022. Consequently, many girls miss school every month because they cannot afford to buy the necessary feminine hygiene products. Sanitary products were distributed to underprivileged girls in schools and women in Garatau, Maandagshoek, Hoepakrantz and De Kom. “Ethical corporate social responsibility and the wellbe ing of women in our communities are part of our top priorities. Additionally, we value the importance of education and firmly believe that the empowerment of women is fundamentally tied to their receiving education,” says Zhiyu Fan, MD and CEO of South Africa Zijin Platinum (Pty) Ltd. “Thank you for the gracious offer. We are very grateful for the donation. It may seem like a small gesture, but it goes a long way in ensuring that the girls can attend school regularly and achieve their goals,” says Mr Phashe, principal of Phuti Nare Secondary School. Principal of Marole Secondary School, Mrs Depanyekga, says, “There are many learners whose families cannot afford sanitary products. This donation will give these learners the courage and dignity to attend classes.” In 2021, South Africa Zijin Platinum (Pty) Ltd was appointed as Nkwe Platinum Limited’s mining contractor in respect of the Zijin Garatau PlatinumMine in Limpopo. The companies strongly adhere to the co-development belief of ’Mining for a Better Society‘ and believe the development of enterprises is closely related to the sustainable development of its surrounding communities. ■

Around seven million South African girls do not have access to, or cannot afford to buy, sanitary products.

Above and below: Nkwe Platinum distributed sanitary products to underprivileged girls and women in Garatau, Maandagshoek, Hoepakrantz and De Kom.

Nkwe Platinum has a strong community development programme in play, including a Clothing and Textiles Training Programme.

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