IAP2 Members at Large Project of the Year: Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
For the entry “Ivanplats- Bonega Trust, Sustainable Livelihoods Through Asset Mapping”
Ivanplats Mine – Benoga Community Trust, Sustainable Livelihoods through Asset Mapping
Ivanplats is an international platinum mine. As part of its community outreach, Ivanplats established an umbrella trust for community projects. The Bonega trust runs in partnership with 20 communities that surround Ivanplats’ mining operations in Mokopane Limpopo.
Community development in South Africa faces a variety of challenges. Historically, companies have rolled out projects without community consultation and have not succeeded at promoting sustainable development. Since communities are not properly consulted the projects are not what the community actually needs, they are what companies think the community needs. This leads to projects being abandoned or having no meaningful impact.
Aurecon’s Communication and Stakeholder Engagement team was chosen by Ivanplats and Bonega trust to facilitate a process of project identification within 20 affected communities for community benefit, for funding by the trust.
Aurecon’s method of engagement ensured that those most affected by mining operations were intimately involved in the decision-making process. Success was, in part, due to following correct protocol regarding how the community preferred to be engaged within the unique South African context as well as the groundbreaking Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) method.
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