Johannesburg, 18 June 2021: Today, Seriti Power handed over the 24-hour state-of-the-art Rockdale community healthcare centre to the Mpumalanga Department of Health in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. Seriti Power was formerly South African Energy Coal. The centre, which is already operational, was built at a cost of more than R34 million, and forms part of Seriti Power’s Social and Labour Plan (SLP) commitments, and its contribution towards Local Economic Development in the area.
The community healthcare centre provides Acute, Chronic and Maternal and Child Health services – and boasts a fully equipped dental department and two living quarters to accommodate staff offering the 24-hour service to the community.
Mike Teke, Seriti Chief Executive Officer said: “We are committed to supporting our neighbouring communities and work collaboratively to enhance government’s delivery of primary healthcare and community health and wellness.”
The completion of the clinic was expedited to assist with the management of the Covid-19 pandemic within the community and beyond.
The decision to invest in the construction of the clinic was taken after extensive participation in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality’s Integrated Development Planning (IDP) process that ensures that projects sponsored by mining companies are linked to government’s development priorities.
“We recognise that local communities face many challenges, and we undertake regular, open and honest conversations to better understand what our stakeholders need, and how we can support them as a local champion in the area,” Mike said.
The construction of this project created 80 job opportunities for local community members, more than 50% of whom were young people. Seriti enlisted the services of a local project management company which is 100% Black Woman Owned with a disability. This company together with a local construction company which is also 100% Black Women Owned were appointed to manage the delivery and execution of this project.
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NOTE TO EDITORS:
Seriti Resources Holdings is a broad-based, 91% black-owned and controlled coal mining company.
Seriti’s subsidiary, Seriti Coal operates three large-scale, opencast and underground thermal coal mines – the New Vaal, New Denmark and Kriel collieries, which respectively supply Eskom’s Lethabo, Tutuka and Kriel power stations. The New Largo mine is currently under development, to meet the needs of the adjacent Kusile power station.
On 1 June 2021, Seriti acquired the operations of SA Coal Holdings Proprietary Limited (SAEC) from South32, bringing into the fold four additional mines – the Khutala, Klipspruit, and Middelburg Mines Services (MMS) North and South mines, which provide coal to the Kendal and Duhva power stations, as well as export coal via the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.
Seriti is co-owned by four anchor shareholders – Masimong Group Holdings (Masimong), Community Investment Holdings (CIH), Zungu Investments (Zico) and Thebe Investment Corporation (Thebe). It is Seriti’s philosophy that 10% of the equity in its mining operations be ring-fenced equally for the benefit of employees and communities through established unencumbered employee and community trusts.
As a responsible South African coal miner, Seriti has a proven track record in the acquisition, operation and development of large-scale opencast and underground coal mines. Guided by experienced board and management teams, Seriti maintains a principle focus on its long-term commitment to the domestic market and, in particular, the reliable and cost-effective provision of coal to Eskom.
Further information on Seriti can be found at www.seritiza.com