Black Royalty Minerals (BRM), a division of the Makole Group and operator of Chilwavhusiku Colliery, a fully black-owned mine based in Bronkhorstspruit, has launched its Mining Academic Programme (MAP). The focus of this programme is to provide educational support to the local community, increasing the understanding of key subjects and assisting in broader poverty alleviation.

Coal miner launches Mining Academic Programme

Minister Gwede Mantashe and other VIP guests at Chilwavhusiku Colliery.

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 the Tshwane region’s seven municipalities. Using technology and qualified facilitators, learners will receive free 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,” said Ndavhe Mareda, CEO of Black Royalty Minerals (BRM). He added 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.

Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources, and executives from the Department of Mineral Resources were invited to the colliery for a discussion around the Mining Academic Programme and the positive impact that this will have on the community. He assessed the progress and milestones of the 100% black-owned coal mine since it commenced operating a year ago. Mantashe later joined the launch event for the MAP project where Prince George Mahlangu, MEC of Education, and Panyaza Lesufi and executives from the Department of Education gathered to meet and talk to some of the students who will be part of the programme.

“We are proud of how the community has embraced MAP and look forward to helping the students achieve their full potential. We will continue to support the community and expand on similar programmes,” concluded Mareda.

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