Unemployment and lack of higher education funding remains one of the major socioeconomic challenges in South Africa. By upskilling community members, scholars and employees, Pan African helps develop the skills needed to prepare them for job opportunities as well as being able to participate in South Africa’s formal economy.
Our approach to uplifting the community through education and skills development:
- Ensuring inclusive access to quality learning equipment and facilities in our host communities
- Investing in the South African education system through infrastructure development and improvements, bursaries, learnerships, employee training and our graduate programme
- Prioritises science, technology and mathematics (STEM) skills development in community schools
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Ngwane Primary School, Emjindini Township
This project includes the construction of two classrooms, two ablution blocks, a kitchen and dining hall, an assembly shelter, fencing and administration block renovations.
Spend: US$ 0.5 million
Kaapvallei Primary School, Sheba Siding, Emjindini
The school will benefit from eight classrooms for grade R to grade 9, fencing and ablutions, a multimedia block, kitchen, dining hall and administration block.
Spend: US$ 0.5 million
Kiriyatswane Secondary School
As part of a Mandela Day initiative, the project involved painting the buildings of the school by volunteers.
Spend: US$ 15.2 thousand
Kinross Primary School
The school received donations in which a grade R classroom was fully equipped with furniture, and school uniforms were provided to learners in need of financial support.
Spend: US$ 23.2 thousand
The High School Science, Technology and Mathematics Development Plan
This programme aims to enhance the maths and science learning environment at local high schools around Barberton. Four HDSA schools were chosen in collaboration with the Department of Education to receive extra mathematics classes for grades 10 to 12 as well as school equipment.
Spend: US$ 173.1 thousand
In phase 1 of this project, we assisted schools with their infrastructure needs. In Phase 2, four fully equipped mobile libraries were donated to four schools in October 2019. This promotes a culture of reading in a safe and secure environment. The project benefits 4 100 learners at four local schools in the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality
Spend: US$ 242.4 thousand
Kohin Youth Coaches
The coaches provide social and educational guidance in four local schools as part of a youth development initiative.
Spend: US$ 14.8 thousand
Sinqobile Life Skills Centre
The centre provides Life skills and accredited training (sewing and welding) for local youth. The goal is to equip the youth will practical skills to carry into adulthood.
Spend: US$ 18.2 thousand
Early childhood development (ECD) centre and library
The ECD centre will provide early childhood development support for families in our host communities The programmes will assist with school readiness, provide a foundation for youth development and address early-stage social development.
This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Osizweni Education Development Trust and other funders from the area. The intention is to build a state-of-the-art facility promoting further studies in science-related fields for students at public schools in the area.
Our Bursary Programmes:
We sponsor bursaries to qualifying recipients at each of our operations to cover tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks, experiential learning costs and a monthly stipend. As a result of our bursary programmes, 21 students received fully funded higher education bursaries in 2020.
Furthermore, we actively promote employee and community upskilling through a combination of learnerships, internships, artisan training, Adult Education and Training programmes and other skills transfer initiatives, including enrolment in our bursary and graduate programmes.
Graduate programme videos
A selection of recent graduates from Barberton Mines’ fully funded bursary programmes. These are some of their stories:
Barberton Mines (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Pan African Resources PLC, is offering bursaries to qualifying students who reside within the boundaries of Ehlanzeni District Municipality to pursue fulltime undergraduate mining-related studies.
2022 Academic year undergraduate fields of study
- BSC Mining Engineering
- BSC Mine Surveying
- South African citizens only
- Matric certificate and ID (certified)
- Proof of residence not older than 3 months
- Letter of acceptance from the university
- Completed bursary application form
- Tuition and registration fees
- Prescribed text books
- Laptop for first year students
- Monthly stipend and vacation work/experiential work
- Two-year internship programme
Selection will be on academic merit, medical fitness, and the student meeting all the bursary requirements.
Completed bursary application forms can be sent by registered mail to:
The HRD Manager, Training Centre, Barberton Mines, PO Box 121, Barberton, 1300. For the attention of Ms Gail Makhanya.
Alternatively, they can be hand-delivered to:
Fairview Mine, Training Centre, Off-Kaapmuiden Road, Barberton, 1300
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