Amplats will build 12 000 houses in North West and 8 000 in Limpopo over the next 10 years, as part of the Each-One-Settle-One campaign, launched by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale last year to help government address the housing backlog estimated at more than 2,3 million.
According to Amplats CEO Neville Nicolau, the company did not want its workers to live in isolation at the mines, but to be fully integrated in the communities from where Amplats operates.
'Amplats' housing business model is based on the principle that employees must own houses and lessen their dependency on company providing accommodation both on mine and off mine. The main reason of this approach is to encourage and promote home-ownership among its employees at all levels," said Nicolau.
For Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, the campaign is starting to bear fruit. "This is what we had in mind when we thought of the concept of Each-One-Settle-One: We need each other – corporates and government. It is through these partnerships that we can succeed as a country," Sexwale said. He said this kind of investment was good for both employers and employees.
Amplats had also helped the Thabazimbi Local Municipality by providing basic infrastructure such as roads and sanitation.