The Group is committed to developing local enterprises as a way of building the capacity of local communities to provide the company with goods and services. Zimplats has established local enterprise development (LEDs) programmes in an effort to promote business linkages with local entrepreneurs, both men and women, who now form part of our supply chain. We have local businesses who manufacture and supply engineering spares, pinch bars and personal protective equipment. In support of small scale miners we are developing two local enterprises that mine and supply silica to Zimplats. To date, the company has provided both technical and financial support for the establishment of local enterprises.