Determining the influence of corporate social responsibility by mining companies in the Sekhukhune District
Mining is a financial action that can possibly create considerable development in areas affected by its operations. Mining operations may, likewise, adversely influence the encompassing groups as an outcome of certain undesired practices, which may either harm nature or irritate existing social structures, for example, relocating graveyards. In spite of this destabilisation, mining organisations may offer either unfair remunerations or, now and again, take part in unequal dispersion of corporate social advantages. If not economically well structured, mining exercises can harm the scene, thus bringing about consistent losses to the groups. Along these lines, the exploration question is: What impact do the mining operations taking place in the Sekhukhune District Municipality have on the environment and social well-being of the local communities? The goal of this study was to assess different programmes driven by mining organisations in the Sekhukhune District, in relation to their impact on structures such as the Local Economic Development (LED). The study also aimed to ascertain the socio-economic impact of such mining activities in neighbouring regions affected by mining operations. After finishing this exploration, a subjective strategy was subsequently taken. A contextual investigation of the Sekhukhune District Municipality in the Limpopo Province was conducted to examine the contributions made by the mining organisations concerning corporate social responsibility. Up close and personal meetings were held with all important partners within the locality of Sekhukhune District. The study uncovered huge disparities between what mining companies are putting out there on paper and what was actually taking place on the ground. This brought into question the commitments of these mining organisations to issues of development and social justice. Mining organisations trust that they are contributing considerably to the groups in terms of feasible business improvement and in many other areas. The local community and businesses painted a different picture. These groups indicated that they feel disempowered to can engage mining organisations on these issues. It is suggested that a joint investment, aimed at promoting key community projects under the guidance of LED, be established. Such an investment will go a long way in promoting cohesion among all the socio-economic role players in the District and, by extension, promote sustainable development in the area.