South African company Black Royalty Minerals (BRM), a division of the Makole Group and operator of Chilwavhusiku Colliery, has launched its Mining Academic Programme (MAP).
The focus of BRM’s programme is to provide educational support to the local community, increasing the understanding of key subjects and assisting in broader poverty alleviation.
In partnership with Mindset, an educational technology and media NGO, BRM’s MAP provides a supplementary education platform that delivers academic support to 400 senior high school learners in Tshwane’s region seven municipality. Using technology and qualified facilitators, learners will receive free, engaging and high-quality extra lessons in key subjects once a week.
“MAP is one of the many ways in which BRM continually strives to make a difference to the lives of the number of historically disadvantaged learners,” says Ndavhe Mareda, CEO of BRM. Mareda says that BRM focuses on upliftment and enablement in the communities surrounding its colliery and from the areas where its sources labour and suppliers and places great importance on activities and initiatives which will show tangible benefits.
Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe and executives from the Department of Mineral Resources visited the Chilwavhusiku Colliery recently. Mantashe assessed the progress and milestones of the 100% black-owned coal mine since it started operations a year ago and later joined the MAP launch event.