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West Wits invests in individuals and businesses from our local communities through Local Economic Development. Our growing database of wide-ranging skills also enables us to procure and employ from a large pool of local talent.

We embrace social responsibility. Before West Wits obtained our mining right for the WBP, we started supporting a homegrown Non-Profit Organisation with an income-generating project by means of a motorbike and monthly donations during lockdown. Hlokomelo Motorbike Delivery Service provides a low-cost outsourcing delivery service for medication and groceries to aged and sickly community members. The project is now a fully-fledged business with a self-sustaining revenue stream. West Wits also provided a scholarship to Takuddwa Chikonye to register at Wits for his studies in BSc Actuarial Science. We were encouraged by Takuddwa’s commitment to succeed, even though he doesn’t have the financial means. In matric, Takuddwa placed third in the country for Physical Science and successively received distinctions for all his first-term subjects at the University.

 (Left) Food parcels provided during the COVID-19 lockdown to the Sol Plaatje, Matholesville and Roodepoort communities; (Right) WWI’s Head of Corporate Affairs Tozama Kulati Siwisa and members of the Hlokomelo Community Organisation with the donated motorbike

Visit our YouTube channel for a short interview with Tozama Kulati Siwisa where she elaborates on these initiatives.