With the acquisition of Lonmin in 2019, Sibanye-Stillwater embraced the inherited Marikana legacy and set out to ensure that the change of ownership served as a catalyst for transformation.
The Marikana Renewal process, led by Thabo Makgoba, the Archbishop of Cape Town, was launched in 2020 to address the Marikana legacy, to rebuild trust and to provide the socio-economic redress necessary to secure a long-term future for all stakeholders.
Guided by the themes of honour, engage and create, the renewal process was inspired by a vision to collaborate in creating a positive culture to ensure a fair and equitable future for all.
The first pillar of the process honours the 44 lives that were lost. Action taken to honour these lives includes:
- Caring for the families. This is a priority and Sibanye-Stillwater committed to providing houses for the widows and families who had not yet benefitted from the AMCU Trust. In addition, the offer of counselling to the widows and their children remains. See Caring for widows and families.
- The Sixteen-Eight Memorial Trust, which was founded by Lonmin in September 2012. On the acquisition of Lonmin, Sibanye-Stillwater committed to continue funding the educational needs of the dependants of those who died, up to and including tertiary level. See Sixteen-Eight Memorial Trust.
- A memorial to those who died, the Wall of Remembrance, was unveiled in August 2021 at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Marikana offices. The memorial bears the names of all the deceased to ensure they are honoured and that we remember them. See Know their names.
The second pillar, engage, is navigated through the Letsema Process, which aims to facilitate conversations to promote talking together and walking together as we navigate the next steps to creating a shared future. See Engage and Letsema process.
Thirdly, we have the opportunity to work together to create socio-economic value and craft a new sustainable business model. Healing takes time. It requires bravery and vision to find new ways to ensure our tomorrows are better than our yesterdays; it needs us to change lives for the better together. See Create.