2017 is a year of birthdays for Kolomela miners. Not only does Kolomela celebrate its fifth year anniversary on 22 June, but its owner, Kumba Iron Ore, turns ten, while parent company Anglo American holds its centenary (100th birthday). This year was truly mark-ed for celebrations as the commu-nity also celebrated Postmasburg's 125th birthday in the month of June.
Addressing staff at Kolomela mine, general manager Aart van den Brink, said “Five years ago on 22 June 2012, when we officially open-ed Kolomela mine, it was described as a mega-project delivered on time, within budget, with the potential for world-class performance. Today Ko-lomela is performing beyond ex-pectations and with the most innova-tive mining practices in the country.
We have drones in the sky, driver-less drills in the pit and some of the most highly skilled and dedicated staff in the business.
“In five years we have had a trans-formative impact on our communi-ties - delivering highlights such as the development of our community though our skills centre that was re-cognised by the National Skills De-velopment Awards this year, winning a silver award in the Best Public Sec-tor category and two bronze awards in the Best Community Project and Skills categories. We also have a Small Business Development centre in Postmasburg to assist entrepre-neurs to develop their skills to build their own businesses.
“Gender transformation remains a huge focus at Kolomela mine and we continue to develop the upliftment of
women in mining. Our commitment to transformation and community development in Postmasburg re-mains our key focus.”
Mr van den Brink went on to rede-dicate the mine to operating safely for mine employees and contractors. “Remember the safety commitment we made at the beginning of the year. Stick to it ! ”
And in celebration, Kolomela lead-ership team members handed cup-cakes and birthday cards in honour of this occasion to employees and contractors at the en-trance to the mine.
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