Kumba Iron Ore, a subsidiary of Anglo American plc on Tuesday 13 Feb-ruary 2018 announced the com-pany's audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2017 and final cash di-vidend declaration.
Speaking at the results presentation, Themba Mkhwanazi, the Chief Executive of Kumba, said, “I am pleased to report that Kumba has delivered on our key objectives for 2017. Most importantly, our safety initia-tives resulted in a fatality-free year with ma-terial improvement across our key indica-tors.
“At Sishen, our focus on all aspects of the value chain resulted in productivity gains by the fleet whilst we also delivered improved plant efficiencies and higher yields. These factors contributed to production above gui-dance with an overall increase of 8% to 45Mt. Higher production, together with on-going cost discipline, contained unit costs below guidance.
“Stronger operational performance has been our priority which, coupled with our fo-cus on costs and ongoing capital disci-pline, resulted in the delivery of attributable free cash flow of R12.3-billion.
“Overall, whilst both the operational and financial delivery has been strong, there remains more that can be done to realise the full potential of our assets and we remain committed to building on these gains in 2018.”
The key features Mr Mkhwanazi high-lighted were material improvement in all key safety benchmarks and no fatal inci-dents. Further operating performance
gains. Continued productivity gains with production of 45Mt, an 8% increase and to-tal sales of 44.9Mt, an increase of 6%
Strong financial performance was ac-hieved in the following :  
    EBITDA of R19.6 billion, a 6 % increase
    Attributable free cash flow of R12.3-
    billion, up 10%
    Headline earnings of R9.7-billion    
    R30.47 per share, a 12% increase
    An average realised FOB export price of
    $71/tonne
    Final cash dividend of R15 per share
    with total dividend of R30.97
Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore commu-nication

Kathu Solar Park (KSP) continues its program of solar training in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) district.
On Monday 05 February 2018, the second group of 30 students were welcomed to the solar training program sponsored by KSP.
The trainees reported to the Kathu TVET College and began their five-week journey investing in their futures.
This is the second group of students in the solar training class. The first group gra-duated in December 2017 and many are now enrolled in the second phase of the training program (an additional 8 weeks) which also kicked off on Monday 05 Feb-ruary 2018.
Considering the great distances between villages and town centres in JTG, KSP is of-fering all students accommodation and
meals in Kathu, as well as a monthly stipend of R3000 per student to ensure that they are comfortable and ready to learn each day.
In addition to the curriculum-based train-ing, KSP is also providing students with training in basic computer literacy, mathe-matics and science, energy and water sec-tor, CV writing, job applications and entre-preneurship.
KSP understands that education and em-ployment are two critical and sensitive topics in the Northern Cape. Jobs are scarce, and education is often inaccessible. KSP has therefore taken the initiative and responded to this with the solar training program in the JTG district where it is building a greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant.
The KSP training program is unique for so-lar plants in the Northern Cape. The found-
ation for this program is the CSP Plant Pro-cess Controller curriculum developed by the Energy and Water SETA.
In addition to the curriculum framework, KSP is providing a complete and rounded package by including a significant amount of information to inspire young entrepreneurs and community leaders.
KSP is demonstrating its commitment to radical economic transformation and putting money into transferring knowledge and skills to local persons where these plants are being built.
For successful radical economic transfor-mation in South Africa, education is critical.
KSP communication


The noble idea by the Office of the Northern Cape Premier to host the first mining indaba in the province re-cently in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district in Kuruman, received a mixed bag of fortunes.
The mining Indaba, undoubtedly the best innovation meant to bring a myriad of players and related stakeholders under the same roof, was seen by some as a mouth with some missing teeth though. The gist was to share the pros and cons in the sector and pave the way forward.
The Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial secretary Anele Gxoyiya, based in Kimberley, only paid a courtesy visit without formal invitation from organisers to the prestigious function.
Mr Gxoyiya greatly supported the initia-tive, however said that organisers lacked inclusivity, deeming it a waste of resources. After he had been given the platform to give his contribution to the auspicious occasion, during which he called a spade a spade, he marched out of Thabo Moorosi multi-pur-
and reiterated that such an important indaba was not supposed to involve only the pre-mier, a few mining houses and departments.
Echoing and unleashing the same com-ments he had uttered inside the hall, he said, “We were not invited as a labour movement and we just thought of coming to see what is going on. This was a very good idea to host a Northern Cape Mining Indaba however, conspicuously here, is the lack of broader inclusiveness.
“Only a few mines attended this function, yet this was an auspicious occasion where a lot of issues needed to be ironed out in the full glare of the stakeholders and the com-munity. How can such an occasion exclude chiefs from this area where these mines operate?
We suggest that another platform of this kind be organised with all sectors of the economy brought in to ensure that high le-vels of transparency can be achieved to the satisfaction of every player in the sector including the labour movement.”
There is a belief by the community that mines selectively attend to these important decision-making forums, because they know that they don't have winning respon-ses to pertinent issues raised by the people.
pose centre with his delegation, followed by both the state and the private media, he was very bold and reiterated that such an important indaba was not supposed to involve only the pre-mier, a few mining houses and departments.

Over the past eight months, Autumn Skies Resources and Logistics (ASR&L) has been developing its Autumn Skies Iron Ore (ASIO) mine which is South Africa's first private fully owned BEE iron ore mine under the leadership of its executive chairman and owner Advocate Phemelo Sehunelo.
ASIO is situated next to the Sedi-beng mine near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape and has a current minable resource of approximately eighteen million tons of iron ore and has become only the fifth active iron ore mining group in the Northern Cape.
ASR&L is a fully owned private BEE asset with a current capital investment of R182-million and with the strategic and technical support of the Estupendu Group, the goal is to produce approximately 42000 tons of iron ore per month to be transported via Transnet's Sishen -
Saldanha iron ore channel.
504 000 tons will be supplied in the first year of operation commencing on 01 February 2018 and it is hoped to grow to one million tons per an-num over the next 12 - 18 months.
The first trial production and logis-tics runs have been successful with approximately 20 000 tons on stock-pile at Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in Saldanha harbour.
The strategic assistance and sup-port of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and TPT have been a crucial part of being able to plan and execute such an ambitious project.
With a new jig plant coming on-line at the end of January 2018 and a new crushing and screening plant coming on-line at the end of March 2018, the mine will be producing top grade export iron ore.
ASIO will employ approximately 153 employees and contractors and will add to the growth in the local
employment market and add to the prosperity of the Northern Cape population who is extremely depen-dent on the mining sector.
ASIO hopes that the dominant giants in the SA iron ore industry such as Kumba and Assmang will allow and nurture junior BEE mines to become part of the South African iron ore supply chain, as there still remains a huge gap in the interna-tional iron ore market for junior mines to participate in and add value to the SA economy.
ASIO is a milestone achievement that projects the dedication and sacrifice that local junior miners are prepared to make to enter into the iron ore mining sector in the North-ern Cape and with the support and assistance of the likes of the DMR and Transnet such dreams and aspi-rations can be achieved.
Strata Africa communication

The Northern Cape government has taken a bold step by identifying the mining sector as the potential driver to the economy in the province.
While the mines are churning out good dividends, they are shedding crocodile tears to develop the communities around their operations. As a result, the Premier Sylvia Lucas and her executives chose the John Taolo Gaetsewe region as an ideal platform to host the first Mining Indaba on November 16, 2017 at Thabo Moorosi multi-purpose centre in Mothibistad.
The relevant drivers in the sector could  exchange ideas and views to create an intervention strategy to address unemploy-ment, poverty and inequality and come up with sustainable mechanisms to those already affected as a means to shrug off economic ills, whilst bringing about radical transformation to the provincial economy.
In his welcome remarks the host mayor, councillor Neo George Masegela, said that the region is blessed with mineral resour-ces but that the lifestyle analysis of its community is a mockery.
Accompanied by MECs Jack, Sokatsha, Bartlett, Williams, Shushu and in the pre-sence of mayors, dignitaries from the Department of Mineral Resources, officials from different mining houses and the com-munity at large, the premier said that the Northern Cape is currently the prime fo-reign direct investment destination centre in the mining and energy sectors. The need for the renewed commitment between the mines and the broader sector of the econo-
my remains an unfulfilled appeal.
“As a province we are open and grateful for all the investments. Procurement by the large mining houses exceeds a total of R18- billion per year. The concern, however, is that besides the actual investment, the Northern Cape requires more local benefit through local beneficiation, corporate social investment and the required regula-tory mandated community socio-economic development funding”
The premier was bold enough to state that government is not looking for mining houses, but real partners that ought to embrace community development in their areas of operations.
She also said that mines must transfer skills to the retrenched as a means of capa-citating them. The Northern Cape com-munity believes mining houses are giving them a “widow's mite or a pittance” while citadels are built in all corners of the world by mining executives who derived their for-tunes from minerals extracted from their historical land.
On the sidelines of the indaba, the forums involved in the disruptions of mining opera-tions were spitting fire and renewed their appetite to stop the operations. They claim that poverty is distinct in villages less than 20km from these mining houses.
The other burning issue is the depressed procurement opportunities given to locals while outsiders are given the lion's share.
The Mining Indaba was co-sponsored by Alexor, Kumba Iron Ore and United Manga-nese Kalahari (UMK).
    

Kumba Iron Ore a business unit of Anglo American plc confirmed that on 4 January 2018 there was a derailment of a locomotive and 42 wagons of an empty Transnet train on the  Sishen–Saldanha railway line, also known as the Ore Export Line, just after loop 19 near Sishen mine.
No injuries were sustained.
The derailment of the empty train occurred on the railway line going to Sishen mine for loading and only affected Sishen mine.
The cause of the derailment is still being investigated by Transnet, however repair work commenced as soon as the line was declared safe for operation on 07 January 2018.
The derailment resulted in the specific railway line not being in operation for 3 days.
The train consists of 3 electric locomotives and 342 wagons and is used to transport iron ore from the different iron ore producers near Kathu and Postmasburg to the port at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape from where it is exported internationally.

Kumba Iron Ore Sishen mine partnered with the Gamagara local municipality to upgrade the traffic station as part of the mine's community development programme.
As the station was initially design-ed to service only a small population, the pressure increased over the years which resulted in continuous breakdowns of equipment, particu-larly machinery at the vehicle testing station.
Constant breakages resulted in non-renewals of vehicle licenses,  requiring community members to vi-sit alternative stations outside of Kathu.
The Provincial Monitoring Unit and SABS inspectors continuously found faults in a number of opera-tional requirements at the station and office and filing space   contin-ued to be a huge challenge.
Over recent years, the Gamagara local municipality attempted to re-medy this situation, but due to the high amount of capital needed that
was not provisioned for in the bud-get, the attempt was fruitless. The project was suspended until such a time that council could afford it.
“During the Social and Labour Plan Engagements the municipality realised an opportunity to address these challenges and requested Sishen mine to allocate some fund-ing to the traffic station upgrade which they gladly agreed upon.
Sishen mine's Small Development Hub has played a significant role in ensuring that this project is imple-mented properly in accordance with the signed memorandum of under-standing. The dedication displayed in managing this project is highly appreciated,” said Refilwe Sebogodi, Director of Community Services at Gamagara local munici-pality.
The upgrades at the station in-clude the procurement of three office containers, a storage container, brand-new machinery equipment, a camera, new computer box, rollers to test brakes, both electrical and
infrastructural renovations as well as access control installation.
Acting Traffic Station Manager Bruce Slambert believes that the upgrade will not only benefit the community, but employees will have better equipment to work with in a safer environment.
Ms Sebogodi said that there is still a lot to be done, but that the current upgrades will bring relief to the pressure experienced previously. She also thanked Kumba for their dedication to community develop-ment.
Upgra-des to the station al-ready start-ed in Sep-tember 2017 and are set to be com-pleted by December 2017. KIO Communi-cation

Assmang, in collaboration with their supplier M-SHEX which recycles plastics, glass and paper, invited three primary schools in Kathu ie Curro Ka-thu, Kathu Primary School and Sishen In-termediate Mine School to take part in a re-cycling competition.
The winner, Sishen Intermediate Mine School, walked away with a cash prize to the value of a staggering R10 000, the se-cond prize of R4000 went to Curro Kathu and the third prize of R2000 to Kathu Pri-mary School.
The school recycling challenge provided a direct educational message to house-holds regarding recycling and the reduction of contamination. The schools had to col-lect plastic bottles and hand them over to M-SHEX.
Assmang Kumani funded this initiative. The mining company is adamant that it will continue to run such competitions in years to come with more developmental and stra-
tegic plans to educate youngsters about the importance of protecting the environment.
David Moshesh from M-SHEX said “Not only are we increasing recycling rates, but it is the important way for us all to contribute to our country's environmental targets. Re-sidents who recycle paper, cardboard, alu-minium, steel, plastics and glass correctly can really help their local authority bring in the cash needed to keep the waste collect-ion costs down”.
The overwhelmed Headmaster of Sishen Intermediate, Mr Okhaa, said they will use the prize money for the upliftment of school projects. He added that they have identified some learners who are struggling with school equipment and they will extend their hands to such learners.
Elrinda Rost from Assmang, expressed her gratitude to the schools that participa-ted in the competition and said it was a learning curve for all participants about how to take care of the environment.

The Northern Cape Mine Managers Association (NCMMA) held a co-lourful day to celebrate and con-solidate safety, health and environment (SHE) day where most mines were respectively represented at the Kuruman show grounds on October 21, 2017.
The atmosphere was electric and befitting as each mine was a winner in that for the past twelve months no casu-alty was reported.
The host mine, Kalagadi Manganese, made the event a very memorable piece of a day to the entire mining fraternity as it availed the necessary atmosphere and ingredients for the event to be fluid. The stage, the presenters and all the neces-sary tools were at hand to carry out the episodic scenes that kept workers and their families in stitches with members of the community.
Mines had competitions in the various activities that characterise safety, health and environment as their day to day ope-rations.
First-aid, fire-fighting and fork-lifting competitions progressed well, while mu-sic, food, lucky draws and games sand-wiched the beauty of the day.
In his welcoming remarks the host Ge-neral Manager of Kalagadi Manganese, Wonder Zwane, said that the atmos-phere ought to reflect a family gathering and not competitors to celebrate the day with one achievement.
“By its very nature mining is unique and is a very complex environment involving challenging natural conditions and geo-logy. Where application of a myriad of skills, training and diligence, miners attempt to control and manage the chal-lenges of safety, health and environ-ment. It requires supreme vigilance every minute of every shift, leaving no space for laxity. Now it is time to cele-brate our achievement for the year,” said Mr Zwane, who also is the current NCMMA chairman encumbent.
Acknowledging that mining has been recognised as the most dangerous job and activity in the universe due to its hazardousness to humankind and the degradation to environment, the strong market demand for the subsurface pre-cious resource keeps it as nectar to the bees and relentlessly calls for unflinching advocacy for mines to make safety a top priority and improve working conditions of workers on regular basis.
Graced by the presence of the acting Provincial Director in the Department of Mineral Resources,  Mr Harry Sease, said that the Northern Cape has demon-strated that a casualty-free mining environment can be achieved and mines must maintain the tempo.
In response to how the Northern Cape mines managed to achieve the zero-ca-sualty target, Mr Sease said, “We are working as a collective and the depart-ment consults the mines on a regular basis, but not necessarily as a watchdog. In the process, we exchange ideas op-enly, as partners, on equal footing, to un-derstand one another better. I am here to-day to celebrate SHE day, because we have worked together in harmony through and through.”

While the Office of the Premier's ultimate goal in hosting a Mi-ning Indaba in Kuruman on No-vember 16, 2017 was multi-pronged in confronting challenges facing communi-ties around the mining houses, it was also an endeavour to restore sanity and improve transparency on behalf of the mines and the Premier's Office.
Despite the commendable effort of the Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's office, the event was either criticised or shot down by the uncharacteristic pro-testing community forums, labelling it as a non-event. They also expected to be recognised and given the platform to vent out their interminable demands. After initially being refused entry into the main hall, the groups assembled as a united common front to ensure that their concerns would be heard.
As they were eventually permitted to enter the hall, they behaved like a bull in a China shop. They disrupted the pro-ceedings momentarily before order was restored.
The forums spelt out their concerns about the mines giving them deaf ears and unflinchingly declared that a new wave of protests will be on the cards.
They said that while the dodgy mines are in reality only donating “infinitesimal amounts” to the communities in their efforts to fulfil their social labour plans, the level of poverty is meteoric and re-mains on an upward trend.
Responding to the Kathu Gazette out-side the Thabo Moorosi multi-purpose centre, on why they should not resort to protests, they said that protests are the language mines better understand in or-der to create opportunities for dialogue that will hopefully lead to the unleashing of the desired results.
This time, the groups categorically stated that their stand-off is projected to leave an indelible mark so that the loss incurred through lack of operations or another could be a good comparison between obliging to the clarion call and rubbishing their perennial appeals.
Asked to give the precise expectations from the mines, the group mentioned a plethora of demands and assumed imperfections that the mines ought to fulfil and correct. Top on the list are employment opportunities, business op-portunities and infra-structural develop-ment in the various villages of the region.
All community organisations dealing with the mining issues have joined hands with resident forums to ensure there are commitment and determination by the mines.

Following the recent protest march in Postmasburg on Friday 15 Septem-ber 2017, the Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) in a media release noted the timeous responses of the three major mines targeted.
According to Alister Rodger Davids, spo-kesperson of the party, the responses have been tabled for scrutiny by the leadership of the STC, whereafter a response strategy will be formulated.
Mr Davids went on to explain that the STC's envisaged response strategy will hinge on five legs:
 Critical scrutiny of social and labour plans,             the Mining Charter commitments, corporate social investment, B-BBEE codes of good
practice and the Business Leadership South Africa's (BLSA's) pledge with South Africans, amongst others.
    Community feedback and mandating.
    Stakeholder engagement and the involvement of churches, civil society,
NGOs, CBOs, etc who care about the future of Tsantsabane.
    Legal consultation
    Tabling of agenda items for consideration at next council meeting.
Although the filing of responses within five days is seen as positive, the STC wishes to state that the response documents are gen-erally vague and void of meaningful feed-
back response to the specific demands rais-ed. The STC expects each and every stake-holder to propose a concrete programme of action on each and every aspect of their demands.
The STC generally agrees that a broad representative stakeholder forum or special task team be established to forge a sus-tainable and inclusive engagement traject-ory in the aftermath of the Friday 15 Sep-tember 2017 march. The party has, in partnership with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and civil society, launched a series of community feedback meetings to present the response documents of the mines to the community. They have also elected community representatives who will participate at the proposed broad represent-ative stakeholder forum or special task team.
The STC further wishes to register its dismay at the mines' attempts to try and demonise an otherwise legal and peaceful march. Although protesters were at times loud, vulgar and even impatient, as is the nature with events of such scale, their marshals went out of their way to calm the crowd.
The denial of access to ablution facilities to the elderly, women, etc, too infuriated the protestors. As indicated in an earlier press statement, the unnecessary prolonged wait
was doused with assistance of the public order police and STC and EFF marshalls.
The STC takes note of the criminal char-ges been laid and have already indicated to the South African Police Services (SAPS) their willingness to cooperate with any due process. However, in the same breath, they wish to caution the mines not to use criminal charges as some sort of negative pressure to frustrate a legitimate community cam-paign.
The STC acts on behalf of and is guided by the community's frustration of living on the doorstep of opportunity, but has been un-able to access such. When the STC said that they will intensify their campaign, they were serious. This should however not be con-strued as some kind of threat to anyone. The STC will not be intimidated with threats of legal action and interdicts. The STC remains a law-abiding political party and will apply legal methodology to heat up the atmos-phere. One way they could possibly intensify the campaign is by rolling out smaller, but more frequent demonstrations, with fifteen bodies or less. They do not need to give notice to the local authorities about a de-monstration, but as courtesy they informed the mines that there will be daily demonstra-tions.
The STC's constituency has been inform-ed about the ill-considered public violence cases pending and the STC's response will be based upon the community's input.
STC communication
for the mine man-agers led to the crowd becoming rowdy and this was doused with assistance of the public order police and STC and EFF marshalls.

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