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Children using computers Children learn how to use computers near Goedehoop colliery, South Africa 

At Anglo American we recognise the importance of engaging and working in collaboration with the communities in which we operate. Therefore, we continue to play a meaningful role in mine community development, guided not only by the Mining Charter and our associated social and labour plans (SLP s) but, importantly, also by our corporate citizenship principles.

We have embarked on extensive initiatives to develop mine communities and labour sending areas, in line with the Mining Charter requirements. Business units spent more than R694 million on various community development initiatives (including corporate social investment − CSI) in 2012 alone. These initiatives contribute directly to progressing our SLP commitments, which are aligned to municipal integrated development plans (IDPs).

Every one of our operations has an SLP, which specifically works towards establishing and improving health and welfare, education and infrastructure within our mining communities. These plans are developed through a consultative process with local municipalities as well as through regular interaction with host communities to ensure that the identified projects are sustainable and in line with their needs.

However, our initiatives are broader than just our SLPs, and we have enjoyed a number of enterprise development and CSI successes, including some projects that would normally be the responsibility of municipalities.

Anglo American's Chairman's Fund

Anglo American's Chairman's Fund is one of the dedicated instruments through which Anglo American channels its corporate social investment (CSI) spend, and was named the top CSI grant-maker in South Africa for eight consecutive years.

This rating, released by Cape Town-based analytical, Trialogue, was published in its annual CSI Handbook and is based on a perceptions rating of 100 leaders of South African non-profit organisations and a similar number of South African company representatives.

As the oldest professionally managed CSI programme in the country, the fund dates back to the 1950s and, over the years, has developed a reputation for being one of the most inclusive funders in the country and a partner of choice in development.

These range from small grassroots initiatives to major capital building projects and large-scale service delivery programmes in partnership with provincial and national authorities. Focus areas include HIV/AIDS, healthcare and welfare as well as education and entrepreneurial development.

“We believe that through sustained intervention, corporate South Africa is able to create an environment in which disadvantaged people are able to assume greater control of their lives. Our views, policies and approaches to social development have been guided through a long history of working in partnership with South Africa and the various communities in which we operate. We believe in recognising the champions that guide the causes and initiatives that we support to make a positive and sustainable contribution in terms of the social well-being of people, communities and of our country.”
- Norman Mbazima, Anglo American's Chairman's Fund Chairperson

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