Mining, particularly the diamond industry, is the backbone of the Namaqualand economy and makes the largest contribution to labour remuneration in the region. Although not the biggest employer in Namaqualand, Alexkor provides employment to approximately 2 500 people in the region directly and indirectly.
Alexkor provides potable water to the Alexanderbay town and Port Nolloth.
Alexkor, in its endeavour to create jobs for local communities, created an alternative economic activity for retrenched employees by awarding shallow water contracts to redundant Alexkor employees, in line with the Alexkor Social Plan.
Alexkor is also involved in the upliftment and empowerment of women through the contracting and continued involvement and interaction with a group of women mining at Witvoorkop. We also provide opportunities for local small scale mining companies like Gariep.
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