Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) projects
Firestone has committed to making funds available for community upliftment projects once profits are being generated. Notwithstanding this commitment, the Company decided to embark on two projects prior to production. The first project was motivated by the need of the Liqhobong community for a pre-primary school. After a consultation process, plans were finalised, a local builder was appointed and construction commenced during September 2016.
Another very important project that commenced is the sustainable supply of drinking water to the two villages adjacent to the mine. In collaboration with the Department of Rural Water Supply, Liqhobong completed a survey and assessment of all the natural water points in the two villages and determined that there is sufficient yield to support the installation of a communal tap system. This project will commence in the latter part of 2016 and is expected to be completed during 2017.