The challenge faced by companies in the natural resources sector is to ensure that the resources they extract both generate commercial worth and simultaneously create sustained value for citizens and their governments. It is this challenge that Synergy seeks to confront – to work with companies, communities and governments to ensure that natural resources generate real and lasting benefits for all.
As demand for resources increases, companies must extend their search for value into more challenging environments. At Synergy, we know what this entails – making sure that the organisation is ready to deal with the social, financial and political risks.
Synergy has developed a deep knowledge base, employees and a network of associates of exceptional talent and skills which enable us to develop management strategies and systems that ensure long term maximum return on investment for our commercial clients and sustained positive outcomes from the way they work. For governments, communities and NGOs, we offer the benefit of our experience to assist them in meeting their own objectives in the broad area of sustained economic and social development.
We are a global consultancy that has conducted projects and proven our approach in over 40 countries across all continents in our more than 10-year history. Our three hubs are strategically located in Johannesburg, Doha and Oxford.
The Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry programme has been developed in partnership by Synergy Global and the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at the University of Witwatersrand, with support from Anglo Gold Ashanti, Anglo American, and Xstrata.
This exciting educational programme seeks to address the critical need for capacity and professional skills in community relations within the industry. It is aimed at professionals within Africa from extractive industry operations, governments, NGOs, community based organisations and more. The programme consists of 4 short courses, which can be attended individually or as a comprehensive programme. We have departed from “death by powerpoint” to create innovative training formats that include role play, case studies, external expert panels, and video footage analysis to make any learning readily applicable in real work situations. We also host public evening events during the course where high profile industry, government, media and community persons share their perspectives and the newest developments.
Synergy Global is proud to support the African Mineral Skills Initiative (AMSI) as the convener of the innovative partnership and collaboration between the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and AngloGold Ashanti, with support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). This initiative was successfully launched in October 2012 at the Eight African Development Forum (ADF VIII) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which focused on ‘Governing and harnessing natural resources for Africa's development’.
The African Mineral Skills Initiative is to use the continent’s mineral assets to deliver economic growth and social development, and the key to unlock this development potential is skills and institutional capacity. Currently, the shortage of available skills and human resources to adequately support, manage and leverage the minerals sector hampers opportunities for local development and growth across the continent. One of the key objectives of the African Mineral Skills Initiative is to broaden the definition of ‘mineral skills’ beyond the narrow technical focus as being primarily engineering and geology related.
Synergy Global will continue to support and guide the partners behind the AMSI as the initiative develops key mechanisms for human and institutional capacity building, in support of the realisation of the Africa Mining Vision.
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A key feature of Synergy’s organisation is its ability to provide experienced and focussed personnel to work simultaneously on different project elements, and, where required, draw upon extensive industry contacts to provide specialist sub-consultant services.
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