Corporate social responsibility and its contribution to sustainable development in Khâi-Ma local municipality in the Northern Cape, South Africa

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Steenkamp, Donovan Charles
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University of the Free State
This study examines the effects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development (SD) on the mining communities in the Khâi-Ma local municipality, Northern Cape province, South Africa. The study utilises a qualitative research method. The researcher conducted structured interviews with key informants, who were selected through purposive sampling. The data was analysed through thematic analysis. The study explains the role of CSR and SD, and how these relate to each other. The study further provides an overview of the development and evolution of CSR, as well as an investigation into the impact that CSR and SD have on communities within the Khâi-Ma local municipality. It also examines the policy environment related to CSR. The study reviews guiding documents pertaining to the mining sector, such as the Mining Charter (2018) and Social Labour Plan Guidelines (2020). Further, this research presents interviewees' perspectives on the contributions of CSR and SD in the aforementioned municipality, highlighting both their positive and negative effects. Core findings suggest that CSR and SD need to be introduced holistically to local host communities; therefore, collective planning and decision-making is vital so as to take into consideration community suggestions and contributions. Stakeholders should also indicate a clear understanding of the CSR and SD environment and its contributions to sustainable development.
Dissertation (MDS (Development Studies))--University of the Free State, 2022