Partnership boosts skills development

Plascon recently partnered with Anglo American Platinum to host a workshop to upskill 17 contractors and small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) workers on corrosion protection painting.

Plascon and Anglo American Platinum partnered together to train and develop 17 contractors and small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) workers on corrosion protection painting. Pictured above are some of the participants of the most recent workshop at the Amandelbult Complex.
Image credit: Anglo American Platinum

This forms part of Anglo Platinum’s regular training workshops to ensure a skilled and productive workforce and to boost job creation in its neighbouring communities. Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult Complex near Thabazimbi comprises the Tumelo and Dishaba mines and employs 15 000 employees and contractors.

Tough economic times has seen thousands of retrenchments in the mining industry. The Amandelbult Complex is making a concerted effort to equip people to become sub-contractors. Partnering with Plascon, forms part of their objective to provide people with the skills to start their own businesses. Hlabedi Letuka, SMME development coordinator at Amandelbult Complex says, “Programmes such as these offer communities and local small businesses an opportunity to build sustainable livelihoods while creating jobs.”

Kansai Plascon’s Rolf Redelinghuys, says, “As the mining industry’s leading coatings supplier, we partnered with Anglo Platinum to improve the skills levels among their own staff and local nearby communities. This initiative has been in place for several years, with a long list of participants who have already benefited from this type of training.”

The workshop’s objective was to provide entry level practical and theoretical training of all matters relating to corrosion prevention, surface protection, bonding application, rust treatment, thin and thick cracks and the various types of paint and their uses. Higher level specialised training is also implemented to elevate skills to artisan levels. Training recipients included Amandelbult Complex contractor staff and local SMME contractors painting Anglo Platinum properties in Thabazimbi, Northam and Amandelbult sections.

Redelinghuys says, “Our company philosophy is to engage with our customers at levels other than just a supplier. Training and skill improvements of these rural communities benefit all stakeholders involved and since it creates new job opportunities for people in these rural areas, it also creates new business opportunities for Plascon.”

The workshop outcomes were extremely positive both from the complex and the participants who felt they had gained new skills which enables them to understand the business of painting much better.

Mercy Mokonotela of Four Tops Engineering Service, says, “I have always been familiar with interior paint. Thanks to Platinum, I have gained knowledge on a wider variety of paints and their applications. Very useful information was shared on how to prepare surfaces before you start painting.”

Samuel Mnisi, supervisor at Taolane Constructions, a local SMME that employs five people, says, “Thanks to the training we will be able to offer Platinum quality service based on their standards.”

Redelinghuys adds, “We are invested for the long term in this very important industry. As mining is South Africa’s second biggest employer after the state, Plascon is looking at the long-term opportunities that training will provide us, the industry and the communities involved.”



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