Glencore Coal handed over a revamped service centre office to the community of Klarinet situated in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga
eMalahleni – On the 30th of March 2022, Glencore Coal handed over a revamped service centre office to the community of Klarinet situated in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. The Klarinet Municipal Pay Point Centre will be used as a functional rates and taxes municipal service facility for community members who were unable to access the only other available service centre in eMalahleni due to distance.
The project was undertaken as part of Glencore’s social and labour plan commitments as stipulated in the Tweefontein Social Labour Plan. Glencore consulted with eMalahleni Local Municipality (ELM) to identify projects that they could assist with according to the socioeconomic needs in the municipal area. This led to a service centre being identified as a crucial need in ensuring adequate service delivery and ease of access to municipal services for the community of Klarinet.
Klarinet community members came out in their numbers to receive the revamped centre. The handover event was also attended by Glencore representatives and the newly elected Executive Mayor of eMalahleni, Cllr. Conny Nkalitshana, and was accompanied by ward councillors from various wards.
General Manager for Community and Regulatory Affairs at Glencore Coal, Mr Noel Pillay addressed community members on the day and expressed what an important day this was for the community.
“Today is really about demonstrating our commitment to delivering on our Social and Labour Plan obligations but more importantly, it’s about our commitment to progressing together with our stakeholders. The Klarinet Service Centre was identified as a priority need to the Municipality’s IDP after several engagements with the municipality so it is such a momentous occasion to finally see it come to fruition.”
“I am especially pleased to announce that a local service provider was awarded the business opportunity, thereby ensuring that local employment was created for the duration of the project. As Glencore, we are committed to bettering our communities And we will continue to contribute to activities and programmes designed to improve the quality of life of the people,” he said.
In addition, Glencore is proud to be a supporter of the Executive Mayor’s 90 days in office cleaning campaign called ‘Hlanzeka’ by donating various cleaning equipment towards the drive.
Executive Mayor of eMalahleni Cllr. Conny Nkalitshana gave her words of appreciation to Glencore.
“We are so grateful to Glencore for the service centre that they have handed over today. This centre will assist in bringing the necessary local government services closer to the community but what I am most pleased about is that it will also create job opportunities within this area. I am all about service delivery, employment and creating a better city, this centre will help us to achieve all those things and it is thanks to Glencore. I hope that all our officials and community members will embrace this opportunity because it will benefit the community in so many ways,” she concluded.
The Klarinet Municipal Service Centre speaks to Glencore’s commitment to progressing together through developing and growing its communities by rolling out initiatives that respond to their direct needs. The centre will also contribute to the local economy through additional job opportunities that will be available to ensure that it runs effectively.
Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities that advance everyday life. Through a network of assets, customers and suppliers that spans the globe, we produce, process, recycle, source, market and distribute the commodities that enable decarbonisation while meeting the energy needs of today.
With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore’s industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices. Glencore’s customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. They also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore’s companies employ around 135,000 people, including contractors.
Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. They are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Glencore recognises its responsibility to contribute to the global effort to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Their ambition is to be a net-zero total emissions company by 2050. In August 2021 they increased their medium-term emission reduction target to a 50% reduction by 2035 and introduced a new short-term target of a 15% reduction by 2026.