Northam Platinum launches employee housing development
First-time home owners from the Northam Platinum mine were thrilled today when the Limpopo provincial government in partnership with Northam Platinum handed over keys to their houses at Mojuteng, Thabazimbi in Waterberg District on Tuesday 14 November 2006.
“This is very exciting for me but especially for my family, who will relocate from Mafikeng and come to stay here with me next year,” said Alfred Moabalebelo, who has worked at Northam since 1994. “Now I will see my son every day instead of once every two months.”
Mr Godfrey Marandela is congratulated by MEC Nkoana-Mashabane
after receiving keys to his new home while Mayor Lucas Matlou looks on.
Union representative Oziel Lentsoenyane and his partner Nombulelo Ntongolo, who also works at Northam, are delighted that they will finally be the owners of a house. “Instead of paying R600 towards rent we can now pay towards our own house,” said Lentsoenyane.
The handing-over ceremony was preceded by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), where Premier Sello Moloto sealed the partnership between the Limpopo Department of Local Government and Housing and Northam Platinum.
Premier Sello Moloto said today he is grateful that the partnership between government and Northam Platinum mine has resulted in the provision of decent houses to mine workers and their families. “Northam Platinum mine has made a sterling corporate social investment worthy to be emulated by other mining companies,” Premier Moloto said.
Referring to the legacy of hostel accommodation, Northam chief executive Glyn Lewis said mining companies in general and Northam Platinum in particular understands the imperative of progressively transforming mineworkers’ accommodation. “The launch of Mojuteng housing project in partnership with government marks an important milestone in our continued drive to make a real and sustainable difference to the lives of our workers,” Lewis said.
Supporting these sentiments, MEC for Local Government and Housing, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the partnership with Northam Platinum mine will further ambitions to rid mining towns of single male hostels. “We are committed to ensure that mine workers stay with their wives and children next to their place of employment,” asserted MEC Nkoana-Mashabane. Furthermore, MEC Nkoana-Mashabane highlighted that this initiative supports efforts to ensure that people stay in the same area regardless of their race, creed, gender or social standing.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries have expressed their gratitude to both government and Northam Platinum mine for building houses for them. This hand over is the first leg of a partnership between government and Northam Platinum that will result in the construction of three hundred and eighty houses for the mine workers.
Signing the memorandum of understanding between Northam Platinum and the Limpopo provincial government are From left SACS Fund's Peter Varrie, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane MEC for local government and housing in Limpopo, Mayor of Thabazimbi councilor Lucas Matlou, and Glyn Lewis, CEO of Northam.
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