ArcelorMittal South Africa
ArcelorMittal South Africa Foundation

Social focus


ArcelorMittal South Africa’s long-term goal is to contribute to resilient and self-sufficient local communities, which we do through initiatives like seed funding and donation of equipment towards socio-economic projects. Our investments range from medium-term, multi-partner engagements to long-term projects.

Education

ArcelorMittal South Africa’s core business relies heavily on being able to access skilled people in the scientific, engineering and technology fields. Improving mathematics and science performance at schools in the communities around the company’s area of operation provides a sustainable resource for ArcelorMittal South Africa and works towards alleviating the national skills crises.

Our education programmes start at Early Childhood Development, from Primary and High School through to tertiary institutions and FET colleges, with candidates encouraged to follow careers in technical fields.

Arcelor Mittal Science Centres

Our purpose is to create a strategic ecosystem with education and training at the heart. Our various programmes are underpinned by a desire to empower, upskill and then open up opportunities for learning, empowerment and success. It uses the institutional power of ArcelorMittal, the steel maker’s skills set and gravitas to champion causes and create economic opportunities either through education or entrepreneurship. Thami Mphokela, Manager, Sebokeng Science Centre

ArcelorMittal South Africa’s core business relies heavily on being able to access skilled people in the scientific, engineering and technological fields. Improving maths and science performance at schools in the communities around the company’s areas of operation provides a sustainable resource for ArcelorMittal South Africa and works towards alleviating the national skills crisis.

That is how the ArcelorMittal Science Centres in Sebokeng and Saldanha, adjacent to our operations, came about. The centres were established to address the country-wide shortage of skills in the engineering fields which is made worse by learners not following the science disciplines, inadequate facilities in schools and insufficient qualified teachers.

Students are exposed to science and technology in a fun and relaxed environment, with access to classrooms, fully equipped science laboratories, interactive science exhibitions that enhance their thinking skills and curriculum-linked science and mathematics instruction. ArcelorMittal South Africa also involves educators by providing teacher training to enhance overall teaching ability.

Training

Training for young adults is provided through learnerships. Some trainees are absorbed into our workforce, others are given skills to increase their chances of employment. Bursaries are provided to tertiary education students towards training in critical skills such as engineering.

Yes4Youth

The Yes4Youth programme is a business-led initiative in collaboration with government, labour and civil society to provide unemployed youth with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience by being placed in jobs for a year. ArcelorMittal South Africa got involved in the Yes4Youth programme in 2018, in line with our strategy of empowering youth in the communities where we operate.

Most of the young participants were graduates of the education programmes provided by our three science centres in Sebokeng, Newcastle and Saldanha. Of the first intake of 138 young people, 80 were placed at Vanderbijlpark and Newcastle Works in technically related positions, while the rest are in administration and support departments such as HR, Sales and Marketing and IT.

Community Support

ArcelorMittal South Africa’s long-term goal is to contribute to resilient and self-sufficient local communities, which we do through initiatives like seed funding and donation of equipment towards socio-economic projects. Our investments range from medium-term, multi-partner engagements to long-term projects.

Thusong Projects is the implementation vehicle for ArcelorMittal SA’s community support and development projects. It aims to improve the quality of life of local communities, mostly through initiatives that encourage self-reliance, create jobs and develop skills.

Urban Farming

Through Thusong, we are actively involved in knowledge-sharing workshops to develop emerging commercial farmers. These sessions, which take place twice a year, attract between 50 and 70 participants at a time. In addition, 500ha of grazing land has been set aside for emerging black farmers at subsidised rates. The Foundation also supports urban farmers through training sessions and donations of garden equipment, seed, water tanks and safety equipment.

Click here to find out more about Thusong’s projects and other stories about the impact of the ArcelorMittal Foundation in local communities.

Soup Kitchen

Vegetables that are grown in Thusong’s own vegetable garden are used to cook soup (1200 litres per day) which is then donated to schools, churches, old age homes, disability centres, creches and charities.

The Soup Kitchen feeds 6373 people, including 2066 children, monthly.

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