On Mandela Day 18 July 2023, the UMK Women in Mining (WIM)committee visited two villages as part of the corporate contribution to embrace Nelson Mandela’s principles of ubuntu and to honour his values through volunteering and community service.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation focus area for 2023 was the intersection between food security and climate change under the theme It’s in your hands. Under
this theme, the focus for 2023 is on climate, food, and solidarity.
The UMK WIM committee and the HR department visited Gatshikedi and Kganung villages where they extended a helping hand by handing out 25 food parcels and blankets to the Gatshikedi village elders and food parcels to Kitso Pre-school.
Grace Pule, the UMK HR Superintendent, shared with the community members that UMK upholds the following values: Integrity, collaboration, sustainability and empowerment in their relationships with stakeholders and fosters a constructive relationship by recognising social, economic and environmental responsibilities.
Kgomotso Sechogela, the Gatshikedi elderly leader, thanked UMK WIM and the management team for their contribution.
“Education is the primary focus area of UMK’s corporate social investment initiatives”, stated Nthabiseng Liphalane, UMK WIM chairperson.
Agnes Morapedi from Kitso Pre-school in Kganung was delighted to have the Women in Mining team spending 67 minutes with the 2 – 5-year-olds as they handed out the food parcels to ensure the crèche had perishable food for the next six months.
UMK mine remains a committed corporate citizen and an organisation reaching out to the communities to refine their livelihood.