Glencore Coal, in partnership with the community of Kwa-Guqa as well as eMalahleni Local Municipality proudly announced the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new fire station in Ferrobank. This significant event marked a pivotal moment in creating community safety and well-being.

The new strategically located fire station will serve the residents of Kwa-Guqa and surrounding areas. It will be equipped with essential facilities, including water, sewage, and electrical systems, ensuring seamless connectivity to the municipal infrastructure.

With the increasing migration and growing number   of community members, coupled with the escalating challenges posed by climate change, including the heightened risk of veld fires and floods; underscores the critical need for a dedicated fire station in the area. By establishing this infrastructure, Glencore is taking proactive steps to safeguarding residents from household fires, community infrastructure, and natural environment against the ever-present threats posed by these adverse conditions.

“This initiative is our intent to reinforce our social obligation to our communities which undertakes the approved Social Labour Plan. It is indeed a momentous occasion to finally be able to break ground. Our corporate social responsibility programme is an integral part of our strategic commitment to the sustainable development of communities in which we operate. This project will forever change the landscape of Kwa-Guqa, Ferrobank with the aim of saving lives in the event of life-threatening situations.” said Noel Pillay, Glencore Coal’s GM for Community & Regulatory Affairs.

“It is a proud moment for Glencore to be associated with this critical need for important stakeholders that shape our organisation.” Pillay concluded.  

The fire station represents a crucial investment in disaster management and emergency response infrastructure. Equipped with modern facilities such as the main fire house, a wash bay, a drill tower, a generator room, a compressor, and equipment store, as well as parking, paving, and fencing. These features have been meticulously planned to meet the specific requirements outlined in the design drawings. The station will empower firefighters with the resources necessary to efficiently address emergencies and safeguard lives and property.

Glencore continues to commit to ensuring that all LED projects incorporate, and are led by local SMMEs, while also involving the creation of local employment opportunities for the duration of the project.

“As the contractor on this project, we are proud to play a crucial role in not only constructing an important infrastructure but also in empowering our community. We have committed to empowering young black people and as such, we will be employing 40% black females, which reflects our dedication to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the workplace. Together with Glencore, we’re not just building structures; we’re building opportunities and a brighter future for all.” said Samual Maswangane, Managing Director of Ruby’s & Olwethu Projects.

eMalahleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Leah Mabuza, expressed her appreciation for the collaboration with Glencore on this significant project.

“I’d like to express my profound gratitude on the collaborative efforts between the municipality and Glencore, underscoring the municipality’s enthusiasm for partnering with a corporation deeply committed to the well-being of the community. Their steadfast dedication to initiatives that prioritise local development and safety, such as the construction of this much-needed fire station, resonates strongly with our municipality’s values.” concluded Cllr Mabuza.

The total investment of the project is approximately 15 million and will be completed in April 2025.

By Admin