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A whopping R1,200,000 (approximately AUD $120,000)! That’s how much Downer’s tyre management business, Otraco, has now contributed to helping Anglo American Platinum to build resilient communities at its Mogalakwena Complex in South Africa.

By banding together with Mogalakwena Complex in its sustainable development efforts, Otraco is making a real difference to local communities.

For the sixth consecutive year, Otraco handed over a generous R200,000 (AUD $20,000) annual check last month. The money is earmarked for the Mogalakwena Incubator’s training programs.

The training is presented at the environmental training centre at Groenfontein, which is run by residents from surrounding villages in partnership with Mogalakwena Complex.

Otraco’s support helps to empower young people with the skills they need to succeed at school and at work. It also helps to encourage entrepreneurship.

One of the successful programs it supports teaches people how to produce high-yield crops for their own use and to provide a surplus to sell. Learners from host communities are also taught how fragile the environment is and how important it is to protect it.

“To build a better, sustainable future, we need to help extract the full potential of the people in our communities. If we equip them with the right skills today, we help them to improve not only in their own circumstances, but also their communities, said Otraco country manager, Andre Bode.

“By investing in our most important commodity, people, we are laying the foundation for a better future,” he added.

Mogalakwena Complex senior general manager, Richard Cox, said: “We are grateful that Otraco not only shares our vision of building a better future, but also helps us to achieve it. Together, we are adding sustainable value to our host communities and helping our youth to become resilient agents of change.”

Well done to our Otraco team on achieving such a wonderful result!

Pictured (L-R): Otraco Southern Africa financial manager Wikus Bouwer, Downer Mining Services general manager Milan Pavelic, Otraco South Africa regional manager Frede Louw, Mogalakwena Incubator managing director Peter Coombes, Mogalakwena Complex safety, health and environment manager Frans Marais, senior general manager Richard Cox and Otraco Southern Africa country manager Andre Bode.

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