Amplats hands over 270 hectares of land to the people of Rustenburg

This brings the total of area Amplats has given to communities to 473 hectares since 2014.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) announced on Friday that the mining company would be handing over 270 hectares of their land to the people of Rustenburg, adding to the 203 hectares given since 2014. 

Amplats CEO Chris Griffiths said in a keynote address at the Land Handover Ceremony: 

“This is in recognition of the imperative for us as a company to play a role in advancing sustainable transformation and land reform, with the development of our communities at the heart of it all.”

According to the address, this is what Amplat’s contribution will mean for the Rustenburg community: 

  • Over 242 hectares of land will be handed over to the Rustenburg Municipality to complete housing and resettlement projects for the people of the community. 
  • The Rustenburg Community Development Trust, which will receive over 27 hectares of the land allocated, will construct a care centre for approximately 155 people. The centre will provide care for the disabled, the elderly, orphans and child-headed families in the community. 

Chris also addressed Amplat’s partnership with the Rustenburg Local Municipality and the Provincial Government of the North West, through which Amplats donated 204 hectares of land in 2014 at Bokamoso. 

Amplats has subsequently invested more than R140 million in bulk infrastructure by constructing a waste-water treatment plant and tarred access roads. As a result of this donation and the provision of bulk infrastructure, the Department of Human Settlements is now able to build 4,000 housing units on serviced land. 

Chris said: 

“Today’s celebration is significant for us as a company. We are a company whose heart has been rooted in South Africa for over 102 years, and we continue to work in partnership with government and our local communities to contribute to solving our country’s most significant challenges, and land reform is just one of them.”