Environmental Stewardship in Mining & Minerals Beneficiation
Practical Training in Sustainable Development
MPhil Project title Youth Entrepreneurship in the context of minerals development
(Duration: 2014 to 2015)
Youth participation in entrepreneurship has been identified and adapted as a national priority, reflected in the New Growth Plan policy, in an effort to create jobs, reduce inequality and alleviate poverty, especially for communities located in mining and manufacturing affected areas. As a shared responsibility with government and directly affecting business activity and profits, mining companies have made efforts to gain community support and establish lasting relationships by creating what they have described as ‘sustainable community development programmes’ in the mining areas affected by their operations. Through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), enterprise development programmes have been established by mining companies with the intention of creating a calibre of youth-owned businesses that can create stable futures and sustain communities thereby contributing to the development of the country. In Richards Bay, under their Business Incubator programme, BHP Billiton for instance has established The Enterprise Development Programme which offers, among other things, entrepreneurial training to young people who are able to meet their requirements and are successfully selected. This project gives visibility to the experiences and struggles of young people in Esikhawini to establish themselves as entrepreneurs. Building on ethnographic data collected in the course of this year, it addresses a dimension of entrepreneurship which, in spite of its strong presence in the everyday lives of youth and communities, often escapes the lens of normative business and economic models that emphasise formal entrepreneurial skills development.
Manqoyi, A., Fuh, D. and Broadhurst, J. 2014 Youth entrepreneurship in the context of minerals beneficiation in Esikhawini and Mzingazi. 20th Fossil Fuel Foundation Coal, Energy and Sustainability Conference, 27-28 November, Cape Town, South Africa.
Manqoyi, A., Fuh, D., Broadhurst, J.L. and Franzidis, J.-P. 2014. Company-community relationships in the context of minerals development: A Richards Bay Special Economic Zone (SEZ) case study. Poster presented at the at the 32nd annual SAIMM Mineral Processing Conference, 7-8 August, Cape Town.