Being an African-based Company, with over 95% of our workforce having grown up in Africa where the concept of Ubuntu was instilled in us from an early age, Koidu Limited has a natural tendency to want to be part of the community within which we operate and to contribute to the wellbeing of those around us.
This philosophy filters through to all aspects of our operations: the way our employees are treated, the initiatives we take to improve the lives of our community, the value we place in building strong relationships with those we are accountable to, and the respect we have for our environment, recognising that we are a part of the Koidu ecosystem and that our actions affect others, whether they be people, plants or animals.
The way we apply Ubuntu can be seen in the way we take care of our employees, our community and our environment, ever conscious that all decisions made must reinforce our objective of building operations that are economically and environmentally sustainable.
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1999
One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.
We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2008