Anglo American has a proud history supporting entrepreneurship in the regions where we operate, especially in South Africa where we have been doing so for the last 30 years. Through our pioneering and flagship enterprise and supplier development programme Zimele, which provides both mentorship and funding to emerging entrepreneurs, we have supported close to 2500 SMEs which collectively supported over 55,000 jobs.
We believe that support to entrepreneurs contributes to diversifying local economies and is crucial to creating sustainable livelihoods in the communities in which we operate. In fact, we have set ourselves the stretch target of supporting 5 jobs for every job on our mines by 2030 to tackle challenges such unemployment, inequality and poverty head on. We are therefore proud to sponsor this Entrepreneurs Award in our pursuit of our purpose which is to re-imagine mining to improve people's lives.