Transvaal Gold Mining Estates (TGME), which is planning to resume gold production next year, is already committing to increased engagement with the Pilgrim’s Rest community. This was evident from the mine’s sponsorships of and participation in the recent National Gold Panning Championships.
Had there been a prize for the best float in the street parade, TGME’s stunning float, manned by a large number of their staff, would have been a strong contender. The same applies to their entry in the wheelbarrow race, in which the TGME team took second place.
The mine’s sponsorships included the goodie bags for each participant in the Championships, new competition bibs, and two mobile panning dams. The mobile panning dams were used during the championships for competitors who have difficulty in getting in and out of the panning dams and bending over. This included participants from the Estralita School for the Disabled.
However, the mobile dams will be especially useful for the Association’s outreaches. “We are planning on getting to more places where people don’t think they could participate in gold panning,” explained Sherry Goodwin, Chairperson of the SA National Gold Panning Association. “For next year we are, for example, planning to take gold panning to people in old age homes as we would like to see more veterans participating.”
TGME also sponsored several competitors, including some of their staff members, for individual and team events. The TGME Lions, an invitation team, won gold in the 5-man team event.