In South Africa, the unemployment rate is high and, combined with limited levels of local government service delivery, can lead to a feeling of disconnection between communities and operations.

The existing Social Labour Plans at South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) provided an opportunity to deliver socio-economic improvement initiatives with a focus on improving local procurement.

A cross functional approach saw operation teams collaborate to increase procurement opportunities for local companies operated by Black People.

This has resulted in the construction of housing for 250 families in the Phola and Rockdale townships.

Working with the local business community and the local municipalities of Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni, we directly and indirectly, engaged with 12 contracting companies creating local employment and increased demand for goods and services from local suppliers.