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Community & stakeholders

Black Wattle Colliery is committed to true transformation and empowerment as well as poverty eradication within the surrounding and labour providing communities.
Black Wattle is committed to providing opportunities for the sustainable socio-economic development of its stakeholders, such as:
  • Employees and their families, through Skills Development, Education Development, Human Resource Development, Empowerment and Progression Programmes.
  • Surrounding and labour sending communities, through Local Economic Development, Rural and Community Development, Enterprise Development and Procurement Programmes.
  • Empowering partners, through Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and Joint Ventures with Historically Disadvantaged South African (HDSA) new mining entrants and enterprises.
  • The company engages in on going consultation with its stakeholders to develop strong company-employee relationships, strong company-community relationships and strong company-HDSA enterprise relationships.
Community Case Study

Phumulele Secondary School

Phumelela Secondary School was built and developed to serve the surrounding communities of Rockdale, Nazareth and Hlalamnandi. The school has over 1000 students…

In 2023, Black Wattle implemented various community initiatives including:
  • A community training environmental project, where local community members are trained to safely cut and remove non-indigenous vegetation, the making, bagging and sales of charcoal.
  • A waste management project at Uitkyk community, nearby to Black Wattle, involving the collection and recycling of waste from their community.
  • Certain community members have been identified for training in areas regarding mining and beneficiation.  These areas include but are not limited to conveyor maintenance, operation of mining machinery, training in environmental waste management, drivers licenses; and security officer training.
  • One HDSA Female completed her University studies in the 2023 academic year.
  • Various upgrades were initiated at the Evergreen School nearby to Black Wattle.


In compliance with the Mining Charter and the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act, the Group’s South African operations has implemented a BBBEE-focussed procurement policy which strongly encourages our suppliers to establish and maintain BBBEE credentials. We are very pleased to report that Black Wattle has achieved a level 3 BBBEE certificate for 2024. At present, 88 percent of the companies utilised by Black Wattle for equipment and services are BBBEE companies.