Limpopo Treasury MEC, Seaparo Sekoati said he is humbled to see the partnership between Palabora Mining Company (PMC) and Leolo Community Trust. The two work together to contribute to the primary school that is going to be built in Mashishimale village, Phalaborwa.

Sekoati said what is even more important is that. It is not only a school that is going to offer shelters for learners, but it is also a contribution to local development.

“We have seen that local contractors have been appointed. But also we believe that these contractors are also going to create jobs for the people of Mashishimale village. So that everyone benefits from this programme,” said Sekoati addressing dignitaries at stakeholders who gathered during the official unveiling.


“We believe that if we continue in this partnership with a government. Obviously they have contributed more in the sense that they have been able to allow our own contribution. To go to other communities that are less advantaged. So that we are able to do more in terms of this partnership.

“Together with the department of education we believe that this should be a lesson to many. But as well as the model that if we follow and work together to contribute,” said Sekoati.

Palabora Mining Company continue to make a difference in local communities
Seaparo Sekoati


PMC senior manager Magnetite Mining and Processing, Sydney Kopong said PMC has committed to a project to build a 16-classroom school with the Leolo Community Trust in one of its eight surrounding rural local communities of Mashishimale to the value in excess of R 12 million.

“The newly constructed school will be named Moshibutjana Primary School. Named after one of the Traditional Leaders in the Mashishimale community. This initiative is supported by the company’s objective: Resourcing for success. Phalaborwa Mining Company has shown much potential, in its youth development programme in the year 2022. This year alone, PMC spent over R20 million offering 153 study bursaries to local learners. At all nationally recognized universities and institutions of higher learning, in a diversity of disciplines,” said Kopong.