Anglo American Platinum’s Unki Mines, driven by its essence of fostering mutually beneficial relationships with its surrounding community has over two years spent $22million on major community based social investments initiatives.
The community development projects undertaken so far include developing a 21 hectare Irrigation scheme, building and refurbishing of health facilities, upgrading roads, building and equipping of schools among other beneficial projects.
Officially opening the Ruchanyu clinic in Shurugwi, Minister of State for Midlands Province Owen Ncube hailed the mining giant for leading by example with its drive to assist communities around its operating area.
He said Unki Mines has spent $22 million on community projects and the major projects undertaken which include construction and equipping of Gweru General Hospital Casualty ward as well as Chironde clinic called Mothers’ Waiting Shelter. Unki also donated a cast iron incinerator, an ambulance to Shurugwi District Hospital and rehabilitated several clinics in Shurugwi and Gweru.
Minister Ncube added that construction and equipping of Ruchanyu clinic sponsored by Anglo American Chairman’s Fund is going to alleviate the various challenges faced by local communities prior to the problems that include walking long distances to the nearest health facility, delays in seeking medical attention, defaulting medical reviews and supplies, home delivery putting at risk the lives of both mother and child.
“As a government we challenge other corporates to investigate and seize opportunities to collaborate with local authorities and communities in their areas where they operate. Let me assure you as a government we are committed to providing human resources to ensure the communities receive primary health services. Unki Mines has headed to the government’s call by its involvement in the economic empowerment of local communities in their operations through partnerships as well as donating $10 million as seed capital under the Tongogara Share Ownership Trust,” he said.
The clinic will offer services ranging from management and treatment of acute malnutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, voluntary counselling and testing, vaccinations, family planning, postnatal care and voluntary male circumcision.
Ruchanyu Secondary School and Impali Primary were built and equipped, while other primary and secondary schools in the district were also refurbished.
To add to its projects, Unki Mines set up Shungudzevhu Irrigation Scheme.
“I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Unki Mines for significantly contributing towards the attainment of provincial housing delivery target under its Impali housing scheme project, which comprises of 950 housing units, a state of the art primary school, clinic and services that include roads and sewer.” He added.