SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND UPLIFTMENT OF THE COMMUNITY

In supporting socio-economic development in Ga Nkwana, the Baroka Tribal Mining will implement, co-ordinate and manage the sustainable development initiatives of Baroka Ba Nkwana Community.

The Trustees of Royal Baroka Ba Nkwana Community Trust and Management of Baroka Tribal Mining have an inclusive approach to ensure that the resources mined in Baroka land benefits the community and uplift the social activities within the area.

The diagram below depicts the proposed structure regarding the operation, ownership and other entities that will be used to uplift the Community.

COMMUNITY TRUST

Royal Baroka Ba Nkwana Community Trust has been set up and the community being the beneficiaries of the Trust

The Trust will be is overseen by a board of trustees, which approves the strategic direction and policies with the Trust’s management team, whose members are responsible for the execution of policy, strategy and management of the day-to-day administration of the Trust’s affairs.

The representatives of the trust will be individuals who were elected from the community of Baroka Ba Nkwana.

The overall objective of the community trust will be the upliftment of the local community through development of the following:

  • To develop the community of Sekhukhune
  • Through and with other parties, procure community facilities;
  • Through and with other parties, procure the promotion, facilitation and support
  • To procure the local members of the community to participate in management of the Baroka mining business;
  • To introduce and implement an empowerment strategy;

ROYAL FAMILY

This consists of the royal family of Baroka ba Nkwana, they will oversee the overall functions of the businesses and report to the local community.

An annual general meeting will be called once a year in September in order to give the community audited financial results.

BAROKA BA NKWANA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL

The council has been elected by the community to ensure smooth running of the community affairs. There are currently 14 council members representing different regions within the area.

Royal Baroka Ba Nkwana Community Trust

The trust has been duly formed by the community to administer, manage and hold assets of the Baroka Ba Nkwana Community. The trust has 10 trustees, who are members of the community of the Baroka Ba Nkwana.

BAROKA EDUCATION TRUST

The main objective of the Education Trust will be to offer financial assistance to students that have completed their matric and students that are already in the tertiary institutions with bursaries, internship, mentorship and workplace experience programmes.

These will be monitors on a regular basis through the mentorship program to ensure that they are assisted in all means to complete their tertiary educations and other social needs.

Students will be enrolled into internship and workplace experience programmes within the mines, social developments, tourism, health and other entities which Bakoka Tribal Mining has relationships.

Baroka Holdings will also ensure that there’s enough funds available for the training of students in the various disciplines including Mining, Tourism, Financial Management etc.

Furthermore, Baroka Educational Trust will work together with Provincial Department of Education to assist in providing the schools with good educational facilities ranging from infrastructure, furniture and fittings, computer equipment, learning material, laboratories, and other required materials.

The schools that will be covered will range from grade 1 to 12.

BAROKA HOLDINGS

Baroka Holdings being a community entity strongly believes that it can make a tangible difference through community development. Some of the initiatives include health, sustainable job creation, and empowerment through skills development, capacity building and educational upliftment

MINING

Baroka Tribal Mining (Pty) Ltd is a company that was founded by the Baroka Ba Nkwana Royal Family, the Baroka Ba Nkwana Tribal Council, and Baroka Ba Nkwana tribe.

Baroka Ba Nkwana s land spans over 20 000 hectares. The land is very rich in the following minerals Platinum, Vanadium, Chrome, Iron Ore, Nickel and some copper.

The company’s mandate is to seek for the community to benefit from mining activities on their land.

Baroka Tribal Mining will execute these rights and develop operational mines throughout the area. The profits that are generated from the mining operations will fund the community upliftment activities amongst other things development of health facilities, education, roads, tourism and other social activities.

There are prospects for the sustained growth and competiveness of platinum, iron ore, chrome ore and other minerals are extremely healthy.

TOURISM

Within the Sekhukhune context, a number of clusters have been identified recently as offering significant tourism potential. These include:

  • Themed routes for special interest groups
  • Family recreation for neighbours and local residents
  • Business tourism
  • Agri-tourism

Tourism has been identified as one of the major growth sectors in the Sekhukhune District. The District’s Tourism Strategy indicates that there are an estimated 84 accommodation facilities offering 2,627 beds throughout Sekhukhune. The sector also employs about 962 persons.

The Sekhukhune area encompasses a variety of potential tourism destinations, with many specific market niches. These niches need investigation and development of destinations, into compelling attractions.

Growth in tourism is currently driven mainly by business visitors in the public and mining sector activities and agriculture provides an opportunity to grow the sector creatively with unique attractions.

Recent research done for the Sekhukhune District’s draft 2025 Strategy also made a few predictions about the employment-generating potential of the tourism sector in the area. The development of mines will attract activities with the area that will promote tourism and creation of employment. The mines require skill ranging from mining engineers, geologist, accountants, civil engineers and other skills.

These professional will need accommodation, restaurants, leisure activities and conference facilities.

FINANCE

The finance will facilitate the funding for the required investments in the development of the mines and other required infrastructure requirement. A portion of profits generated from the Baroka Tribal Mining will be managed by the Finance entity to ensure all programmes are implemented and ensure transparency of utilisation of the funds.

The finance entity will start an investment division to ensure that surplus funds are re-invested in stock markets and other lucrative sectors. This will ensure diversification of the risk and enable Baroka to benefit in various sectors other than mining sector.

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

Baroka Holdings will commit itself to enterprise development for small businesses wishing to achieve maximum profits and grow their businesses.

Baroka directors and management will be determined to use their experience to not only help small, but also to help build the entire area of Sekhukhune into a better nation by developing and building entrepreneurial businesses.

To this end, Baroka Holdings consists of a team of experienced, professional who will help entrepreneurs starting out to grow into profitable organisations. The spill-offs from the mining activities will benefits the small businesses.

The following three steps will be undertaken by Baroka Holdings in assisting to set up, support and grow viable black businesses.

  • The first approach involve existing enterprises developing new enterprises that in their locale and comply with the Enterprise Development element of the score card.
  • The second approach involves enterprises that are primarily developed and needs mentoring and financial assistance.
  • The third approach involves making use of third party models to develop new enterprises. This would need to be presented and approved by the Transformation Committee

Baroka Holdings aims to increase the contribution of small enterprises to the growth of the South African economy through creating an enabling environment for small enterprises with a level playing field between big business and small enterprises that reduces the disparities between urban and rural enterprises and is conducive to entrepreneurship.

Another objective is to create sustainable long-term jobs in the small enterprise sector to ensure equitable access and participation in term of race, gender, disability, age, geographical location and sector.

Increasing the competitiveness of the small-enterprise sector and its enabling environment so that it is better able to take advantage of opportunities emerging in national, African and international markets.

The methodology of the strategy will be achieved by addressing the following key issues:

In summary the enterprise development strategy should highlight the following:

  • Flexible - Strategic flexibility help firms to achieve sustained profitability in dynamic market conditions
  • Outcome oriented -
  • Revealing and address viability of enterprise, e.g. will there be a market if this product is developed?
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for action, e.g. Supply chain configuration, value addition, and marketing.
  • A vehicle for understanding

INFRASTRUTRE DEVELOPMENT

Essentially Baroka’s integrated strategy has to link up closely with current Integrated Development Plans “IDPs” efforts in all municipalities, with government prepared to help mobilise core funding. Baroka also plans to invest in infrastructure in and around the area of Sekhukhune. This infrastructure includes:

NEW AND RNOVATION OF EXISTING SCHOOLS

Locally-controlled educational programs play key roles in rural development in developing nations. Education has a desirable controlling influence over development of the rural individual, family, community, and society, leading to reduced poverty, income equity, and controlled unemployment.

The failure of trickle-down development and recognition of the importance of rural areas and rural people to the economic emancipation of developing countries has given education a key role in rural systems of supply, production, marketing, personnel maintenance, education, health care, and governance.

Baroka firmly believes that functions of education include imparting social change, improving individual social position and standard of living, activating participation in rural and cultural development, increasing critical abilities of rural people to diagnose their needs, assert their rights, and take greater control of decisions affecting their lives, providing trained manpower in rural areas, linking rural and urban sectors, providing employment and income opportunities, increasing labour force productivity, and developing leadership.

Through partnerships with the department of education Baroka will commit itself to building and renovating existing school in the Baroka area.

HOSPITAL FACILITIES

Within Limpopo province, the provision of health facilities is generally inadequate in comparison with other provinces. More specifically, access to health facilities within Sekhukhune District Municipality itself is fairly poor.

On average, there is 1 clinic for every 17,000 people within the district and approximately 97,500 people per hospital.

Clinics and hospitals are evenly distributed throughout the Sekhukhune District, but accessibility remains difficult because of poor roads, inadequate transportation and so forth. Baroka Holdings will develop strategies to facilitate the community in that regard.

The Limpopo department of health is faced with four major challenges:

  • Human resources: the department is operating with 30% of the staff complement of doctors and nurses. Healthcare is labour intensive and as a result it needs more human resources than other services.
  • Infrastructure: this affects the health institutions and the accommodation of the health professionals, especially in rural areas.
  • Essential health technology: we are working hard to address essential health technologies.
  • Funding for health is the major problem, especially in terms of consumables.

Baroka Holdings will form partnerships with the department of health to address the above mentioned problems. Given the fact that rural residents have greater transportation difficulties reaching health care providers, often travelling great distances to reach a doctor or hospitals; hence Baroka Tribal Mining has identified this as a major problem and will assist the community in this regard.

ROADS

The development of the road and transport network in Sekhukhune is of vital importance given the planned economic trajectory of the District. Baroka Traditional Authority has identified this problem. Within the District itself, there is a general lack of roads – and of tarred roads in particularly – connecting the inner section of Sekhukhune, which consists largely of scattered villages with minimum economic activity at present.

Baroka Tribal Mining (Pty) Ltd will assist in the following manner:

  • Grading of internal access roads (streets)
  • Construction of bridges
  • The tarring of roads

CONCLUSION

Baroka Tribal Mining is committed to developing the area of Ga Nkwana and Sekhukhune through partnerships with the Government. This vision can be achieved through infrastructure development, enterprise development, to mention a few. Active community involvement will be crucial to the success of the socio-economic developments of Sekhukhune.