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Name: Platinum Group Metals Ltd
Street 1: Bentall V
Street 2: 550 Burrard St, Ste 788
City: Vancouver
Province: British Columbia
Post Code: V6C 2B5
Country: Canada
Phone: +1 604 899 5450
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Katie
Last Name: Birdsall
Title: Administrator, Corporate Social Investment
Phone: +1 604 833 3579

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First Name: NA
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General Information

Board Constituency: Private sector
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Private Sector
Organization Type - Secondary: Company
Organization Description:
-Platinum Group Metals Ltd. is focused on the development of platinum mining operations with targeted production in the near term. Our projects are located in the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, surrounded by 70% of the world’s platinum production.
-We have an active Corporate Social Investment Program of which public health is one of our three major themes. We have developed strong local partnerships with both government and NGO organizations to help eradicate TB in our mine community.
-In partnership with AMREF Health Africa and partners in South Africa, we have applied for Stop TB funding, and are keen to build on this experience.
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Specializations / Areas of Work


Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
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Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
We are directly engaged with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Canada and in South Africa. Through our Vancouver academic network, we became involved with then-styled AMREF (Canada) and subsequently AMREF (Southern Africa), and in cooperation with these partners and our local mining neighbors, we conceived a contact tracing initiative to track the spread of infection from our mining community into the broader local and national population. Although we were not successful in gaining funding, DFATD was favorably impressed with our commitment and innovative approach to developing partnerships with NGOs to combat TB. With the encouragement of DFATD and Stop TB directly, we have become a member of the Stop TB Coordinating Board.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Canada
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
South Africa


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

Through our employee health and welfare program, our mine employees are tested annually for TB and other "reportable" infectious diseases. In developing our Corporate Social Investment program, our original concept was to focus on HIV issues. With the encouragement of AMREF (Canada), AMREF (southern Africa) and the North West Province Department Of Health, we amended our focus to concentrate on TB, which is a notifiable disease in South Africa, as a conduit to HIV infection. This way, we were able to more effectively mobilize the interest of our workers in healthy lifestyles and broader infectious disease transmission issues.

New TB Drugs:
At this notional planning time, through our common membership in the Stop TB Coordinating Board, we are engaged with TB Alliance to help raise the profile and advocate the commitment of resources to a New Therapy Symposium notionally planned for September 2015, in South Africa.

New TB Vaccines:
Through our common membership in the Stop TB Coordinating Board, we are in the initial stage of engagement with Aeras regarding the potential for our Western Bushveld Joint Venture Project 1, and neighboring Wesizwe and Royal Bafokeng Platinum Styldrift mines to be used as a new TB vaccine trial venue.

In cooperation with our existing partners, and our new partners in Stop TB, we are keen to use our local mine community and supporting networks to conceive, develop and implement innovative and scalable projects to help eliminate TB. Our three local mines, i.e. WBJV, Wesizwe and Styldrift, are all in the initial stages of production, with planned production lives of approximately 20 years. We believe this would be a potentially highly attractive and structured environment to develop and trial new treatments and therapies.


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: September 16, 2014
Last updated: April 20, 2018