Gold Alliance donates 35 laptops to class of 2016 top achievers in Rand West City
Monday, 30 January 2017
The Gold Alliance, comprising Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold, last week joined the Rand West City Local Municipality in congratulating matric learners from schools in the community for their academic excellence during 2016.
The Gold Alliance donated 35 laptops and educational vouchers during the Rand West City Mayoral Bursary Awards, held on 26 January 2017 at the Westonaria Banquet hall. The Executive Mayor, Mzi Khumalo, also awarded bursaries totalling R3-million to 80 students.
The 35 laptops, valued at R200,000 in total, were donated by the Gold Alliance. In addition, the Gold Alliance also presented gift vouchers worth R19,000 to top performing students as well as the best Mathematics and Science teachers in the Rand West municipality.
Gold Fields Vice-President: Stakeholder and Community Relations, Bonny Sebola, spoke on behalf of the Gold Alliance. “As mining companies we take great interest in top achieving learners in Maths and Science, because we look to you as our future mining engineers and other professions in the mining industry,” he said.
During 2016, Sibanye invested R43.4-million in bursaries, learnerships and internships. While the South Deep Education Trust spent over R9-million in bursaries and scholarship. Career expos were also held together with the municipality to encourage diversified careers through education.
“Our doors are always open for the youths of the West Rand. When we see such tangible results, we are motivated to do more to help build our country through these young exceptional minds. I hope these laptops will assist you as you further your education. Continue to make us proud,” Mr Sebola added.
Since October 2015, the Alliance has been working with the Rand West City Local Municipality and local community organisations on programmes aimed at job creation and community development. This is in addition to the companies’ commitments in terms of their Mining Charter Social and Labour Plans.