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We treat all people with dignity and respect.


No Poverty [icon]

UNSDG1

No Poverty:

End poverty in all forms everywhere


Zero Hunger [icon]

UNSDG2

Zero Hunger:

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Sylvania continues to be involved in a number of community outreach and upliftment programmes, including:

  • Monthly feeding scheme for home-based care and preprimary schools;
  • The Company provided study guides for a local Secondary School;
  • Providing winter clothes to school children in the local communities in which we operate;
  • Donation of office furniture;
  • Assisting youth with various school projects – The Company donated shoes to two primary schools and also provided the sports academy with soccer boots;
  • The Company donated online learning material and text books to Grade 12 learners in the community to assist with self-study when schools were closed due to lockdown;
  • A monthly ongoing feeding scheme was started for children in the community who lost parents due to COVID;
  • The Company assisted and provided food parcels to communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • The Company donated a 10k litre water tank with steel stands to provide running water in a local community

The Company plans to roll out a number of new community and development initiatives in FY2022.

Furthermore, our employees, key stakeholders in the business, were rewarded in the year with the first distributions of the EDEP, launched in FY2020. This was designed to give lower-level employees a vehicle whereby they can participate in a percentage of the company’s equity returns without the complexity of holding foreign shares.

The plan was implemented with no dilution to shareholdings and via share buybacks at substantially lower prices. The EDEP also provides another leg to the company’s employee remuneration strategy.


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UNSDG4

Quality Education:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

The organisation implements a number of programmes to build capacity and enhance skills development. All training and development programmes initiated are aligned with the Company’s strategic and operational goals on the one hand and on the other are creditbearing and accredited through the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA). Development programmes are not limited to employees, but extend into our mining communities, illustrating our commitment to communities beyond the mine gate.

Various operational, legal and developmental staff training sessions were conducted during the year covering a range of 18 topics, with 1,080 delegates attending, and our three metallurgical students at the Eastern operations were able to keep their internships going. Given the working environment, and the associated statutory requirements, the emphasis of most of the training programmes is on safety and health.

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