As the Anglo American Group marks a century of operating in South Africa, the last five years have arguably been the most challenging for the platinum mining sector, therefore affecting its platinum business unit, Anglo American Platinum. Marked by the longest labour strike in history at the start of 2014 and a 25% reduction in commodity prices, due to unrealised growth in the automotive industry, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has had to act swiftly to reassure stakeholders and restructure the business for future resilience.

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Santam has taken a lead in assisting vulnerable communities by reducing systematic risk and building resilience. Through CSI programmes which focus on strategic interventions, provision of resources and equipment, and training programmes to increase risk awareness and provide disaster management education, Santam is working with municipalities to prevent and manage disasters.

Santam’s CSI strategy, refined during 2015 and rolled out comprehensively during 2016, focuses on supporting community- led disaster prevention and management. By reducing chronic disaster vulnerability and minimising the catastrophic impacts of disasters, Santam aims to create empowered, self-reliant communities and a stable and resilient society.

To ensure sustainability, the company’s CSI programme includes both provision of immediate funding and practical resources – such as fire detection sensors – as well as a deeper transfer of skills and knowledge. Building resilience to risk starts with education. A key focus of Santam’s CSI strategy is therefore on training and awareness programmes. Two of Santam’s key partnerships in this area are with the South African Red Cross Society and the National Sea Rescue Institute.

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Since parliament’s passing of the motion on land expropriation in early 2018, media has been abuzz with facts and figures about public versus private land ownership in South Africa. Calvin Chirwa, land reform manager at South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL) shares how this state-owned enterprise is supporting land claims processes to ensure the sustainable development of the communities in which it operates.


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Municipalities are at the forefront of disaster management, but some are under-resourced and ill-equipped to adequately respond to the scale and frequency of fires and natural disasters which are adding pressure to an already constrained resource environment. In 2012, Santam identified an opportunity to collaborate with government on their mutual interest of mitigating and managing disasters. Since then, Santam has successfully partnered with four district municipalities to build resilience in disaster risk management as part of its Partnerships for Risk and Resilience programme.


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According to Stats SA, of the 10.3 million young people aged between 15 and 24 years, 32% – approximately one in three young South Africans – were not in employment, education or training in the first quarter of 2018. Expanding the definition of youth to 15 to 34 years, Trading Economics reports that the youth unemployment rate in South Africa averaged 52% between 2013 and 2018.


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