Marula uplifts its communities


Marula is 73% owned by Implats and was one of the first mining operations developed on the relatively under-capitalised eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. Located in Limpopo, Marula comprises two decline shaft systems and a concentrator plant.

Marula is committed to delivering a lasting positive contribution to local communities and those affected by our activities. The mine contributes to its communities both directly and indirectly in terms of job creation, business opportunities and community infrastructure development.

Marula has invested more than R1.3 billion on its social and labour plan (SLP) and beyond compliance projects. Its local economic development and infrastructure projects focus on building, upgrading or supplying schools, water, electrification and roads.

Schools and educational enrichment support a future generation of leaders

Marula, together with the Mashisi Community Trust, using dividends generated by the Makgomo Chrome joint venture, built and equipped a new science laboratory at Makgamathu Secondary School. The Mashisi Community Trust built the laboratory and Marula provided the laboratory furniture, apparatus, learning materials and chemicals. Marula also supported the plumbing work and assisted with teacher orientation. More than 2 800 learners from six local secondary schools are benefitting from the beyond compliance project, which, together with the science teachers, will provide a solid foundation in mathematics and science.

Marula also rebuilt the Madikane Early Development Centre, with a strong foundation and structural design that ensures the school can fully serve its purpose. The new facility has two classrooms, each fitted with a nap/rest area, two restrooms for the children, one restroom for the teachers, an office and a kitchen.

To enrich the education learners receive, Marula runs an annual Grade 12 programme to encourage and support learners during the final stretch before their matric exams. The initiative has resulted in encouraging improvements in the performance of the schools around Marula.

Enterprise development empowering communities

Marula opened a Business Development Centre (BDC) to support host community businesses with enterprise and supplier development. Local companies can access a range of free services at the centre, including access to finance funding information and information on request for quotations and tenders, and support related to Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and secretarial services, accounting and tax administration, and human resources, Safety, Health and Environment and sales and marketing advice. The centre also provides beyond-compliance skills training for local small, medium and micro enterprises, community members and entrepreneurs.

Safer roads

Marula, in partnership with Road Agency Limpopo, constructed 12.5km of tarred road in Ward 8 and Ward 17 situated by the Ga Mahlokwane, Diphale and Seuwe Roads. The project included improving an existing bridge and constructing a new bridge at the Moopetsi River, building drainage structures, installing road signage, road markings, speed humps, and three intersections. The road connects the communities of Ga Mahlokwane, Diphale, Magabaneng and Seuwe and is used as an alternative route to the R37 from Burgersfort to Polokwane.