Integrated Annual Report 2019

Sustainability report

Lost-time injury frequency rates (LTIFRs)
  Dwarsrivier   5  
  Wonderstone   2  
7
(2018: 8)
  Total Assore
operations

Lost-time injury frequency rates (LTIFRs)
  Dwarsrivier   0,17  
  Wonderstone   1,19  
0,22
(2018: 0,27)
  Total Assore
operations

Occupational health surveillance
 
 3 691
Audiometric surveillance tests
   5 847
Medicals performed

Total Assore operations: Workforce composition
 
 1 579
Temporary/contract employees
   1 204
Permanent employees

Focus of CED funding
 

34

Learnerships
 
38

Bursaries

Focus of CED funding
 

R12,2 million

was allocated to infrastructure development
 
R24,9 million

to education
 
R44,4 million
(2018: R31,5 million)
  Total CED spend per Assore operations

Alien and invasive plant control

Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine developed a comprehensive Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) in early 2015. The BAP was compiled with the assistance of various ecological specialists in the field of biodiversity management. Protecting, and even enhancing, the biodiversity of the mining area is key to long-term sustainable mining in the Steelpoort Valley. The mining and surrounding areas fall within the Endangered Sekhukhune Mountainlands region and are formally classified as a Critical Biodiversity Area (CBA).

For these reasons, biodiversity management is a key pillar of the Environmental Management System at the mine. One of the biggest biodiversity threats in the area is the proliferation of alien and invasive plant species. Eradication of alien and invasive plant species is one of the aspects addressed in the mine's BAP.

As part of the planning process the mine, together with the ecological specialists, identified a number of priority areas – ranging from riparian areas (high priority) to mining office blocks (low priority). In addition, a number of priority invasive plants were identified in line with the latest legislative requirements. The initial focus of the programme concentrated on high priority plant species located in the high priority sensitive areas such as the riparian areas.

It was also important for the mine to clearly decide on and set out the principles of the Alien and Invasive Plants Control Plan (AIPCP). Some of these principles include the following:

  • Avoiding impacts by not performing environmentally detrimental actions.
  • Minimising impacts by limiting aspects of an action which could lead to environmental damage.
  • Rectifying impacts through rehabilitation and restoration of the affected environment.
  • Minimising impacts by optimising processes, structural elements, and other design features.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and management of environmental impacts of development and documenting of any digressions and good performances.

To implement the requirements of the BAP, in relation to alien and invasive plant species, the mine partnered with a specialist company in 2018. As part of the partnership agreement, the specialist company provides a qualified supervisor to oversee the invasive plant removal programme and provide training to local employees. Over time the trained employees would be able to assist with increasing awareness on biodiversity threats in the area, specifically those relating to alien and invasive plants.

A number of successes have been achieved since the initiation of the AIPCP. Within a relatively short period, several alien and invasive plant species have been successfully controlled at our South Shaft. There has also been good capacity building with the appointment of local employees from the Steelpoort area.

The AIPCP is in its first year of implementation and we hope to build on the successes already achieved in the coming years.

Alien and invasive pest control at Dwarsrivier

Alien and invasive pest control at Dwarsrivier

    2019       2018  
Indicator Unit     Assmang
operations
Assore
operations
      Assmang
operations
Assore
operations
 
Total number of employees as of 30 June Number     11 494 2 783       11 821 2 454  
Permanent Number     5 557 1 204       5 336 1 251  
Contract Number     5 937 1 579       6 485 1 203  
Production days lost to strike action Number     8 42       4  
Total new employee houses completed since start of project Number     1 518 87       1 518 87  
Fatalities Number           —*  
Lost-time injuries Number     17 7       11 8  
  Per 200 000                    
Lost-time injury frequency rate hours     0,19 0,22       0,13 0,27  
Section 54 notices issued (Mine Health and Safety Act) Number     1 3       2 3  
Production shifts lost due to section 54 notices Number     32       3 5  
Prohibition notices issued (Occupational Health and Safety Act) Number            
Medicals performed Number     17 116 5 847       19 597 4 121  
Audiograms performed Number     17 955 3 691       24 326 2 585  
Noise-induced hearing loss cases referred for compensation Number     6 2       2 7  
New TB cases reported Number     11 5       17 7  
Pulmonary TB Number     4 5       6 7  
Multi-drug resistant TB Number            
Total greenhouse gas emissions Tons CO2e     1 248 696 160 842       1 174 063 79 589  
Scope 1 emissions Tons CO2e     372 600 7 286       369 573 8 254  
Scope 2 emissions Tons CO2e     875 461 70 767       804 490 71 335  
Scope 3 emissions Tons CO2e     635 82 789       Not reported Not reported  
Diesel consumption ‘000 litres     61 119 2 516       59 164 2 853  
Electricity consumption MWh     825 906 72 956       829 372 72 065  
Water consumption m3     11 889 545 251 707       10 203 604 475 290  
Waste generation                      
Waste rock Tons     59 856 705 85 073       60 739 143 89 638  
Tailings/slag/discarded waste Tons     3 860 153 831 201       3 977 827# 819 168  
Financial provision for rehab and closure R million     744,4 124,9       723,3 128,4  
Number of environmental administrative penalties/fines Number            
Community and economic development expenditure R million     120,1 56,2       101,2 31,5  
# Restated from previous year.
* One fatality was reported for Sakura Ferro Alloys SDN BHD in which Assmang Limited (South Africa) has a 54,36% shareholding. All figures for the Assmang operations are stated on a 100% basis.

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