At the beginning of 2016, the executives of Dithabeng Mining approached the Ga-Mphahlele Community Development Trust in Mphahlele, just 45 km southeast of Polokwane, Limpopo. They brought their vision to the community table and thus began the lengthy negotiations that would later merge into a united vision … and finally become Dithabeng Mining-Mphahlele.
Over a year later, on 25 February 2017, Dithabeng Mining, together with approximately 1,000 Ga-Mphahlele residents, the Queen Mother Kgoshigadi Sophie Ngwanamohube Phatudi-Mphahlele, and the Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele Traditional Authority (Community Development) Trustees, ‘The Headmen’, celebrated the beginning of a new era with a signing ceremony and a landmark agreement that clearly placed the community as the majority shareholder of the mine in the forefront of Community Development.
Transformation has already begun and the people of Ga-Mphahlele, who retain their preferential prospecting rights, will see the fruits of their own land IN their lifetime.
DITHABENG MINING MPHAHLELE
The Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele Traditional Authority (Mphahlele Community Development Trust) is the holder of a preferential prospecting right in terms of which the holder has the sole and exclusive right to prospect for chrome, iron and vanadium minerals in, on, and under the farm M’phatlele 457 KS, situated in the magisterial district of Lepelle-Nkumpi, and measuring 11725, 0951 hectares in extent.
The purpose of the community trust is to further the economic and social interests of the community of Mphahlele. With a view to giving effect to the empowerment and upliftment of the community’s social and economic status, the Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele Traditional Authority and Dithabeng Mining approved and signed an agreement on 25 February 2017. The Parties are set to participate in a joint venture.