BHP Billiton

The World Cup has come and gone, but BHP Billiton is now more committed than ever to growing our children’s dreams through soccer, and building on the legacy of 2010. For that reason, the company at the start of 2011 committed a further R15-million to the Dreamfields Project.

BHP Billiton, which was the first corporation to back Dreamfields, believes that you can build better schools through sport, and when schools start to flourish our communities begin to thrive.

The sponsorship will run over five years, during which time Dreamfields will partner with the Department of Basic Education to run soccer leagues in primary schools.  The benefits will be huge. With matches every Wednesday, the discipline of regular practice sessions will also take root, moving the culture of the school in a positive direction. This commitment to schools sport is also championed by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

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BHP Billiton SA Chairman Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi says: “Soccer can inspire joy, as billions worldwide know all too well and it can also help to inspire positive changes in young people. BHP Billiton is the founding sponsor of the Dreamfields Project and our participation in this project reinforces our conviction about the role which business should play in socio-economic and capacity development.

“Although no business can solve all society’s problems nor bear the cost of doing so, we believe that by creating shared value, we can collectively come up with self-sustaining solutions and have a greater impact on social good than any individual institution can do alone,” Mkhwanazi says.

“BHP Billiton was the very first corporation to get behind the Dreamfields’ Project and their renewed commitment to building schools and communities through soccer shows a real understanding of what it takes to make a lasting difference,” says Dreamfields CEO John Perlman. “The World Cup inspired a lot of short-term sponsorship, but BHP Billiton stands out as willing to put resources and time into making soccer a sustainable force for better schools.”

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• BHP Billiton is the world's largest diversified resources company with some 39,000 employees working in more than 100 operations in 25 countries. The company occupies industry leader or near industry leader positions in major commodity businesses, including aluminium, energy coal and metallurgical coal, copper, manganese, iron ore, uranium, nickel, silver and titanium minerals.

• The BHP Billiton Development Trust funds and supports a number of community projects, with a strong focus on education.

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