Sibanye Stillwater and Goldfields are working together with WRDA to explore the possibilities of establishing a water reclamation plant with the view to reclaim the mine water and treat it for agricultural use as well as for potable human consumption in the West Rand.
Rand Water and the Department of Water and Sanitation are also part of these discussions. This is work in progress. WRDA has started engagements with the Department of Mineral Resources, Geo-science Council, mining houses constituent local municipalities and other stakeholders to deal with the removal of mine dumps in the region. This is work in progress.
Sibanye Stillwater, Goldfields and Busmark have pledged to fund the establishment of a training academy in the West Rand. In order to avoid duplication of TVET colleges in the West Rand, WRDA has been consulting with the industry players, National department of Higher Education and the institutions of higher learning with the view to solicit advice on the type of a suitable training academy to produce human capital to be absorbed by the five economic sectors we are promoting in the region.
The advice from the academics at this point is that we should conduct a skills audit in the West Rand as a first step of planning the implementation of the training academy. A steering committee has been established to coordinate the implementation of this project. This is work in progress.