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UNLOCKING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EDUCATION Sibanye-Stillwater is a multinational mining and metals processing Group with a diverse portfolio of mining and processing operations, projects, and investments across four continents. The Group employs over 84000 people worldwide. Key to Sibanye-Stillwater’s growth is its focus on people and their development. The company’s human resources development strategy encompasses the development of employees and members of communities around its operations. This is achieved through bursaries, learnerships, adult education training, portable skills programmes, and infrastructure development to improve the quality of education in host communities, specifically in the Eastern Cape, where the mining industry historically sourced labour. Since 2013, the company has improved the lives of many in terms of direct skills provision and education support: 20 schools constructed and 7 school halls renovated 1,209 training in various trades through portable skills 1,526 bursaries for tertiary education 508 completed cadet training 1,273 learnerships 870 completed AET training

Focus on improving the learning environment The company has invested in a partnership with the Department of Education to ensure quality learning in basic education. To this extent, Sibanye-Stillwater has assisted schools by building or renovating the structures, installing technology, and helping with the training of teachers and leadership teams. Since 2013, the company has built or upgraded 20 schools across South Africa. Between 2013 and 2016, the company ran a maths and science programme benefitting learners between grades 10 and 12. This programme included teacher support and additional classes for learners. In 2021, Sibanye-Stillwater re-launched the maths and science programme which is being rolled out across its operating regions to improve learner performance in these critical subjects. In 2022, the company will pilot free WiFi in selected schools to give learners access to resources and online learning material. Developing youth through skills development The company has invested in portable skills, which aim to assist unemployed members of its communities, particularly unemployed youth, to obtain the necessary knowledge, practical skills with competency assessment to develop their skills and/or enhance their expertise through training to kickstart their careers. This programme is also extended to employees nearing retirement to enable them to extend their livelihoods beyond employment. The programmes offered includes basic plumbing installation, basic carpentry (roofing and ceiling installations, basic masonry (building techniques), basic welding and cutting techniques, basic electrical domestic installer, basic mechanical repairs and assembly and digital computer literacy, sewing, garment making, broiler production and vegetable farming. Our mining improves lives.

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