Idwala Carbonates - Social and Labour Plan Projects

Our Commitment

Idwala Carbonates is an open cast mining operation in the Oribi Gorge area of the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast. Poverty, unemployment and HIV / AIDS are the three biggest challenges for the rural areas of the KZN South Coast. The operation is very committed to the communities surrounding its open cast mining operation and is involved in the community, providing opportunities not only through the Social and Labour Plan, but through various other initiatives such as developmental programmes.

 Social and Labour Plan

Idwala Carbonates is committed to ensuring that the communities surrounding the mine are assisted in the following during the current 5 year Social and Labour Programme: 

  • Infrastructure development;
  • Poverty alleviation;
  • Job creation;
  • The development of youth and women. Awards

THE PURPOSE OF THE AWARDS is to create a global and unique marketing tool for the company, department and/or institution :
•        To enhance excellence in industry
•        To set a bench mark in industry
•        To acknowledge personnel and staff
(From the lowest to the highest position in the organization)

Idwala Carbonates received 2 Awards.

a)      Excellent 1st Overall Companies/Institutions doing most to promote sustainable development.
b)     Outstanding 1st Overall Companies/Institutions doing most to protect the Environment.

Rated by a random regional sample of 95 respondents comprising of CEOs, M.D.s, Business Owners, Company Directors, Managers and Local Government officials based on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.
The awards are the culmination of a research process whereby companies and institutions are rated based on respondents perceptions with a strong focus on evaluating and measuring customer service and customer satisfaction.
After all ……… there is a successful team behind each successful and highly rated company, department or institution.

Pictured from left to right Morgan Reddy : Customer Services Manager,  Gwynlynn Buchanan : Quarry Superintendent, Trevor Zuke : Quality & Environmental Superintendent, Nita Ramlutchman : Acting Plant Manager, Francis Roodt : Resident  Engineer/ Risk Manager

Community Housing Project

The Idwala Carbonates Community Housing Project is targeted at selected beneficiaries living in the KwaCele, KwaLushaba and KwaNdwalane Tribal Areas. Each area will have a total of 20 houses built, thereby ensuring that 60 families each have a quality, well-built home of 60m2 after project completion. Target groups in terms of beneficiaries are families who have no income due to the severe poverty within the rural areas; and child-headed and grandparent-headed households due to the HIV / AIDS epidemic within the rural areas.

Idwala Carbonates’ vision for the Community Housing Project is for the project to have a much greater benefit to the communities surrounding the mine than simply the housing beneficiaries themselves. With this vision in mind, Idwala Carbonates embarked upon the process of assisting the three communities to establish a Project Management Company in the last quarter of 2010. The three communities and their leadership are the shareholders in the Project Management Company registered as Umnotho Wezizwe (Pty) Ltd. through an established community trust, thereby ensuring that any profit generated through the housing project filters back into the communities. Beside this benefit, the project also employs only local individuals to work on the building teams, providing much needed employment in the communities, as well as experiential training for local community members who have completed building skills programmes through the local FET College. In addition, as much of the building materials are sourced locally as possible and this therefore ensures that the project has a much broader impact on the communities and the local economy. The project is also assisting in the establishment of a sustainable, 100% local and 100% BEE Project Management Company for the South Coast region.

The most challenging aspect of the project is that the sites are very spread out, as the houses are being built on sites that have been allocated to the selected beneficiary by the Tribal Authority. This results in challenging logistics, as at any one time, three housing sites are being constructed at once. The majority of these sites are deep in the rural areas and are therefore inaccessible by vehicle, resulting in materials and concrete being carried through by hand by additional labour. These difficulties result in delays however, through perseverance and hard work, Idwala Carbonates is very proud of the 21 houses completed thus far. 21 Houses equates to a total of 131 individuals in 21 families having received a home, as the average family size is approximately 6 individuals to one family unit.

The total budget for this project equates to R 7 200 000.00 over a four year period.


 BEFORE:  The mud hut before the new house was built.

AFTER: The house built by Idwala at the time of handing it over to Mr & Mrs Motheolwa.

Ezinqoleni Piggery

This project is focused on the development of a sustainable piggery within the Ezinqoleni area in order to meet local demand. Land has been allocated for this project by the Municipality and Idwala Carbonates will facilitate the building of the necessary infrastructure, the facilitation of training for the local community members, and the provision of mentorship until such time that the Piggery is sustainable.
The total allocated budget for this projects is R 2 020 450.00 over a 4 year period and will commence in 2013.

 Emerging Farmers

The project aims at targeting women and young emerging farmers within the local communities, providing them with the necessary skills and supplies to sustainably produce and sell their produce to the UGU Fresh Produce Market in the South Coast area, which was established by the UGU District Municipality. Idwala Carbonates will be responsible for the provision of the initial supplies and equipment, as well as the facilitation of training in order to ensure that subsistence farming is alleviated and a sustainable business is established.

The total allocated budget for this project is R 778 323.00 over a three year period and will commence in 2013.