World Environment Day was celebrated globally on Tuesday 05 June 2018, and Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine commemorated this day by opening the Sishen Education Centre at Tamaga Lodge, situated on the Sishen Nature Reserve, outside of Kathu in the Northern Cape. 

The Northern Cape Provincial Government Gazette declared the Sishen mine owned farms Brookes and Bredenkamp as provincial nature reserves in April 2018.

The primary purpose of the reserve is to conserve a representative portion of the Kathu bushveld ecosystem to preserve nature for the benefit of the community.

The opening of the education centre on the reserve creates an awesome opportunity for Sishen to make a positive impact towards environmental education for the youth in the Northern Cape.

The Education centre will be run in partnership with Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) - an organisation that currently runs environmental education centres (EECs) in a sustainable manner at different locations in South Africa.

Kumba Iron Ore’s CEO, Themba Mkhwanazi, highlighted that with the environmental education centre, the school learners and tertiary students can experience nature, and learn in an inspirational natural environment.

The centre will focus on supporting the learning of environmental sciences and mathematics, and in so doing, assist to raise regional pass rates by nurturing interest and understanding of the world we live in.

“We see this initiative as a long-term community investment project that will uplift the local communities surrounding the Kumba mines - even beyond the life of Sishen,” Mr Mkhwanazi said.

Having become a leading implementer of many environmental education initiatives, WESSA expressed their excitement to be able to start this journey with Sishen mine. WESSA’s Human Resources Manager, Sarah Alcock, represented the CEO Dr Thommie Burger at the launch. 

“The common denominator that unites our two organisations is a genuine passion for environmental education and the impact that this has on people’s lives and the environments in which they live. WESSA has a long-term vision to work with Anglo American in the Northern Cape - to create and maintain a truly special partnership whereby all stakeholders can benefit and prosper.

“Together with the primary and secondary schools in this beautiful province and the youth in the neighbouring communities, the opening of this environmental education centre will have unquestionable impact,” stated Ms Alcock in her address.

Sishen mine is located in an area lush with camel thorn trees – a protected species. In fact, Kathu is home to the world’s third-largest camel thorn tree forest.

The biodiversity offset projects in this area are thus primarily concerned with camel thorn tree preservation. Kumba’s environmental strategy identifies how important nature conservation is to the company and by implementing initiatives such as the education centre, the company aims to preserve and protect the environment for future generations.

Kumba Iron Ore Sishen communication

On Friday 01 June 2018 women from Tshipi é Ntle mine got together to celebrate the progress made by women in mining and also to commemorate Child Protection Day.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tshipi é Ntle mine, Ezekiel Lotlhare, and the Women in Mining (WIM) forum organised a special guest speaker, Sisiwe Dlamini Mthethwa - Senior HR Manager Human Resource Development Transformation, to address and empower women in the industry that is historically male dominant. She spoke more about the introduction of government legislation, seeing more women pursue opportunities in the industry and and succeeding remarkably.
The women in mining forum aims to empower women to uplift themselves and others to positively influence those around them. During Ms Sisiwe’s speech, she got women to brainstorm ideas that will enhance WIM in the future. She also emphasised unity in the work forum and urged women not to engage in gossips and debacles that will cause conflict around the work place.
The main core strategies that were discussed during the launch were the evaluation of social labour plans, empowering women in mining to lead in a man‘s world (employment equity) and also understanding the current state of the mining industry in order to make a positive contribution. It was only by 1990 that women were allowed in the mine as workers.
Ms Sisiwe got into mining in 2007, while the initiation of women in mining was still seen as taboo, “I used to wear men’s PPC and men’s boots that hardly fit. At the time, I had to adjust, but today, times have changed and there are women’s PPC and the WIM forum is broad.”
Present at the event was also Coach & Industrial Psychologist Susan Bezuidenhout, who got women to initiate physical activities, as an ice breaker to break the tension, which resulted in women opening up and having fun. The WIM committee (front from left to right) : Colleen Daries (Chairlady), Motshidiso Masiso, Athini Njengele and Lerato Mabe. Back from left to right :  Colette van Eeden, Tshepang Mthimkhulu and Granny Phokoje.

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
    Final cash dividend of R15 per share
    with total dividend of R30.97
Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore commu-nication

The Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe had a day's con-sultative meeting with the community of the John Taolo Gaetsewe region in Kathu on May 04, 2018.
Top on the agenda was the stormy mining charter deliberations that seek to perfect areas of concern within the blueprint.
As good proposals and contradictions poured on the floor with mixed feelings, the community felt that Mr Mantashe's visit was a mere surprise for the very important con-sultative process in building a solid mining charter that directly affects them.
While the turnout was convincing for the constructive contributions, massive attend-ance had a potent to create disorderliness, as some local mining activists were ready with disruptions that normally characterise such meetings.
Like members of the church presenting their myriad challenges to the pastor for spi-ritual intervention, minister Mantashe was precisely in that position, as community members raised interminable concerns re-garding mines in the region.
Among thorny issues raised were skills shortage in the John Taolo Gaetsewe re-gion, the shortage of colleges in the area to empower locals with relevant mining skills and the shortage of health facilities. Patients have to be referred to Kimberley or Bloem-fontein hospitals while mines are producing billions worth of minerals to avail such faci-lities in the area.
Another issue raised was that politicians continue using local chiefs to enrich them-selves and that people are enriching them-selves through trusts and that municipalities approach mines with a begging bowel to develop the communities. There was a chorus that mines are short-changing the communities in as far as employment is con-cerned.
The community raised lack of transparen-cy in mine ownership and that the depart-
ment officials are dictated to by the mines, because they do not know or understand their legislation. In a nutshell the community said that the local mines are doing injustice to the community.
In a brief session with the media, Minister Mantashe was in tandem with the pertinent concerns raised during the sessions. How-ever, he threw the gauntlet to the community saying that while legislation is here to regu-late the operations of the mines; the com-munity must formulate resolute structures to engage and negotiate with the surrounding mines to ease tensions.
The new legislation is intended to further create harmonious relations between mines and the communities, as well as to safe-guard the interests of the workforce.
The proposed new mining charter seeks to strike a balance amongst mine owners, communities and the legislation.
Activists believe mine owners are shed-ding crocodile tears while cargo carriers are roaring down the roads day and night laden with the valuable ore while the communities are left handling only the dust.
The issue of trusts resorting to investments in place of directly serving the community as initially intended, the minister said that the community must have a voice on how the trust is composed and how it must serve the interests of the community. He said challen-ges faced by the communities in the mining areas are almost identical throughout the country.
Speaking to local forum leaders outside the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu who have the penchant for closing the roads in and around the Hotazel area, they said that the minister sounded too big a master to listen to a baby crying for breast milk. “The minister was dod-ging questions because they (the ministers)
are protecting their own interests in these mines and that is common knowledge. No wonder mine managers are behaving so shrewdly, it is because the referee is also a player in the field,” Patrick Masilo, one of the activists, said.

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

Petra Diamonds Finsch Mine is pleased to welcome Ntokozo Ngema to the team.  He has been appointed as General Mana-ger as of 16 April 2018
Mr Ngema started his mining ca-reer with Goldfields as a learner of-ficial back in 1995. He went up the ranks until he was appointed Shaft Manager at Driefontein 4 Shaft.  
In 2005 he moved to Lonmin as Section Manager where he was later promoted to various roles, including Safety Manager, Mine Manager and acting Senior Manager Mining.
During his time at Lonmin, he was also involved in many business im-provement projects, such as hybrid mining and optimisation of Lonmin open cast business unit.
Mr Ngema joined Kumba in 2008 to head up the business improve-ment (BI) portfolio for the entire group This included aligning Kumba
BI strategy to that of Anglo Ameri-can, as well as developing BI policy, BI Reference Book, BI Functional Structure, Mine to Market Optimisa-tion and Delivery of R2-billion BI val-ue for Kumba as a group.
In 2011, after three years with Kumba, Mr Ngema accepted an in-ternal transfer to Anglo American Rustenburg Platinum Mines, now Si-banye Platinum. He joined Platinum Division as a Senior Principal Mining Engineer and later Mine Manager and Production Manager.
He has also been involved in va-rious independent mining consult-ing roles, focusing on business opti-misation and mining technical sup-port.
He is married to Yandiswa and they have two children.
Finsch mine wishes him well in his appointment.

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

Anglo American's Kum-ba Iron Ore Sishen mine recently hosted its Long Service Awards, the General Manager's Achievers Awards and the Alpha Awards combined function at the KCC hall on Friday 09 March 2018.
The ceremony celebrated the many years of loyalty, commit-ment, innovation and sustain-ability which employees dedi-cated to the business.
In his keynote address, Si-shen's general manager Mapi Mobwano said “You have seen Sishen at all its stages of growth and you have still not reached a point where you do not want to see anymore. This is what com-mitment and dedication mean. This is truly a memorable occa-sion in your life and a wonderful achievement to celebrate. To work for the number of years you have in one company is proof that you can achieve any-thing you set your minds to.”
The recipients represented the mining, plant, engineering and support services depart-ments. In all the awards cate-gories, these employees contri-
buted immensely to the Sishen mine's goals, culture and en-vironment, and they continue to make a lasting impression on Sishen's journey to being the benchmark in Anglo by 2020 and best in class by 2022.
Mr Mobwano also said “I want to urge you to coach and pass on the wisdom to the youth. With the operational and safety challenges we sometimes have to deal with to achieve our tar-gets, it can be easy for one to lose respect, but with good atti-tude, one never loses respect for oneself nor for others.
“You are a living example of loyalty and you are also a bene-fit to others who you touch in your life's journey.”
These awards reinforce the strength of Kumba's employees and celebrate what they do right in order to influence the compa-ny's future success. With this tradition, Kumba connects the organisation and its people in a way that increases their com-mitment and care for one ano-ther.

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.

The Kathu Solar Park solar plant was shut down on Thursday 01 March 2018 due to irate workers demon-strating at the plant. These workers had reached the end of their contracts.
Apparently, the picketing general workers demanded to be re-employed in the place of foreigners working at the plant and to be paid the same as the skilled foreigners do.
As a precaution, the entire plant was clo-sed down and employees were told to stay at home until further notice.
In the meantime, negotiations are taking
place between management and the dis-gruntled ex contract workers.
The EFF political party is said to be en-couraging the workers.
The Kathu Gazette approached the Ka-thu Solar Park for comment, however the spokesperson explained that due to the fact that management was attempting negotia-tions at the time, he could not comment at that stage.
Presently, foreign and local workers are uncertain about when the situation will be resolved so they can return back to work.

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.

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