Numprop is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), founded by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1995. Through its commercial activities Numprop funds MIT’s social, economic and educational programmes, delivered to mine, energy and construction workers and their dependants and communities. The MIT’s projects ultimately impact on over a million individuals. The beneficiary base is made up of current and retrenched mine, energy and construction workers, and their dependents. These projects focus on poverty alleviation, local economic development, enterprise development and job creation. Numprop, contributing as it does to MIT, plays a critical role in defining the range of future possibilities for mineworkers, their families and surrounding communities.
The JBMETF was set up to facilitate access to further education and personal development for the beneficiaries and their dependents. The Trust aims to assist in the transformation of the South African economy through the injection of skills into these sectors and providing its beneficiaries with a competitive advantage in the labour market through further education.
EBMTC opened in 1993 and it focuses on training workers in a variety of applied fields. In partnership with established educational institutions, the EBMTC College has developed a range of certified educational courses. Over 6000 individual courses were delivered last year, and EBMTC continues to drive course work development. EBMTC courses include computer training, basic economics, business writing, and leadership courses, amongst a range of other practical topics.
THE MINEWORKERS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (MDA)
MDA is a nonprofit organization set up in 1987, possessing 18 years of ‘on the ground’ community development experience. The MDA has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, mining houses and development agencies, with clients such as Anglo Coal; BHP Billiton Development Trust; BP; CIDA; Ford Foundation; Goldfields; MQA; Teba Bank; DFID; UNOPS; and the Kellogg’s Foundation; The MDA has assisted over 10,000 beneficiaries of which over 80% are female (as of the last impact assessment, from 2002 as base year). This has been achieved through a range of programmes and interventions, including job creation in rural areas (such as the Marula Natural Products project; Agricultural projects and training); enterprise development, training in financial literacy and the assistance of retrenched workers in achieving sustainable livelihoods (such as food gardens in Thusong, Welkom).
MDA’s current programming can be divided into four broad elements:
Skills development for current and retrenched mine, energy and construction workers
SME development and community economic empowerment
THE MINEWORKERS INVESTMENT COMPANY (MIC)
The Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT) is MIC’s sole shareholder. It was formed in 1995 by the NUM with the task of providing for the upliftment of union members, former members, their families and the impoverished communities from which mining, construction and energy workers are drawn. MIT then established an investment company (MIC) to provide on-going funding for its social and educational projects. This historical progression and structure ensure separation of the NUM from the Trust and the MIC’s investment activities.
The Sam Tambani Research Institute is a Public Benefit Non-profit Company registered in 2012. The idea of establishing the institute was perceived jointly by the NUM and MIT. It arose from the need to consolidate NUM efforts to ensure that workers get a fair share of what they produce which enables them in turn to improve their livelihoods. The main business of SATRI is to provide research and assistance with policy formulation to beneficiaries and their communities on various issues including but not limited to health, economic advancement, politics, education, poverty, housing, retraining, and reskilling