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Kedisaletsi Syra Seupe from Magojaneng village in Kuruman has a lot to tell, as Tshipi è Ntle Manganese Mine has unearthed hidden valuables within her.
She is becoming a big name since the business empowerment skills training she attained sometime last year.
She had the idea, but it needed finality in its perfection to turn it into a saleable product. A home-based mother and spouse cum baker and confectioner, gifted in cake baking and a variety of baked foods that make many functions, anniversaries and weddings notable and memorable.
In her straight forward narrative she said that she started cooking very young in the family and that passion grew with age. She then thought of going commercial in 2013, but the going was not as easy as she en-visioned.
Cutting family budgetary money trying to up her dream, did not turn her aspirations into gold. “It was after the business training that I got from this mine in 2016 that removed the darker side in the pursuit of growing my business.
“Tshipi è Ntle, with the Kuriti

Income generated by the mining indus-try rose from R393.4-billion in 2012 to R419.5-billion in 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said.
Presenting the Mining Industry 2015 re-port on Wednesday 29 March 2017, Stats SA said the total income for the mining in-dustry had increased by 2.2% per annum.
Comparing 2012 and 2015, large increa-ses were reported for coal and lignite (R21.9-billion), manganese (R6.8-billion) and diamonds, including alluvial dia-monds (R6.4-billion).
However, large decreases were repor-ted for platinum group metal ore (R15.5-billion), iron ore (R7.4-billion) and gold and uranium ore (R3.3-billion).
Mpumalanga had the largest income from sales of goods in the mining industry in 2015 with R114.4-billion (or 28.8% of the industry total). The province with the second largest income from sales of goods was North West (R84.7-billion or 21.3%), noted the report.
This was followed by the Northern Cape (R69.5-billion or 17.5%), Limpopo (R45.3-billion or 11.4%) and Gauteng (R44.9-bil-lion or 11.3%).
The report, however, noted that total employment in the mining industry had de-clined.
“Total employment (mine employees, employees of subcontractors and employ-ees through labour brokers) in the mining industry declined from 538 000 in 2012 to 490 000 in 2015,” said the report.
This was a loss of 48 000 jobs.
The biggest losses in jobs were recor-ded in mining of gold and uranium ore.
In terms of mine employees, the North West province was still the largest con-tributor to persons working in the mining industry (133 000 or 37.8%). Sanews. gov.za

Kumba Iron Ore, a subsidiary of Anglo American, announced on 14 February 2017 that Frikkie Kotzee, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the company, has decided to step down from his role after five years.

Mr Kotzee engaged with the Kumba Board in December 2016 to indicate his preference to step down during the course of 2017, once a number of major strategic and financial deliverables had been completed.

In order to ensure a smooth transition, Mr Kotzee has agreed to remain with the company until Kumba’s Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2017.

Fani Titi, Chairman of Kumba said “The Board thanks Frikkie for his invaluable contribution and leadership over the past five years. We have valued his integrity and unwavering commitment to the highest levels of governance and excellence. We wish Frikkie the best in his future endeavours.”

Themba Mkhwanazi the Chief Executive Officer, added “Frikkie has played a crucial leadership role in ensuring Kumba’s financial sustainability during trying times. He will be missed as a valued member of the executive team.”

Frikkie Kotzee commented “I would like to thank Kumba for what has been an excellent opportunity to serve as CFO. It has been very rewarding professionally and I have had the privilege of working with an exceptional board and management team. After five years and with a strengthened balance sheet and a major restructuring of the business successfully executed, I believe the time is right for me to step down.”

The Kumba Board will now begin a search process of internal and external candidates to identify a successor. Anglo American communication

In February last year, as Anglo announced a dramatic plan to sell more than half its mines, the company said it was looking to exit Kumba as part of a wider retreat from iron ore and coal. Since then, the company curtailed its di-vestment plan after a rally in the commodities it was seeking to exit, helped remove the pressure on its balance sheet.
Anglo is “happy to stick with” its iron-ore and export-.coal mines in South Africa, Chief Executive Officer Mark Cutifani said.

Kumba Iron Ore Limited announced its results for the year ended 31 December 2016 on Tuesday 14 February 2017.

Themba Mkhwanazi, CEO of Kumba Iron Ore, said “It has been a successful year for Kumba, despite challenging and volatile iron ore markets. We acted quickly to restructure the business, reset the cost base, and stabilise operating performance. In addition, we were awarded the residual 21.4% Sishen mining right and settled our tax matter with SARS. We can now draw a line under these issues and focus on the business.

“The rise in prices and realising full value for Kumba’s premium product, together with our cost reductions, resulted in improved margins and strong cash flow generation. With total production of 41.5Mt, both Sishen and Kolomela exceeded operational guidance, following a successful restructuring.

“Controllable costs were reduced by 34% lowering our average cash breakeven price to $29/tonne.

“Strong demand for our high quality product combined with excellent marketing allowed us to realise an impressive average price of $64 free on board - up 18% on last year.

“This year’s excellent performance has enabled us to build a strong balance sheet and a net cash position of R6.2-billion. This will support a conservative capital structure and place us, as a single commodity miner, in a strong position to deal with potential further market volatility.”

Regrettably, two fatalities were suffered during the financial year.

Headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased by 131% to R27.30 per share.

Anglo American communication

One of the giant mines in the region that produces world class manganese ore, South32, held a fun-filled family day at Mamatwan-based operations site in Hotazel on February 25, 2017. A staggered programme that had been de-signed to accommodate workers on duty visited by their families at the mine on three consecutive Saturdays, was both a delight and an eye opener for the workers' families that included children, spouses, sisters, brothers, cousins etc.
This was intrinsically meant to acquaint family members with what really happens at the mine and to give them a taste of what their kin and kith are subjected to when they routinely leave their cozy homes to report  for duty. There was a lot of entertainment for the well attended function, before a specialised tour of the mine was conducted.
Prior to the tour, mine officials that included Media Manager Africa Region, Patrick Wadula, had a preliminary session with their highly esteemed visitors that dwelt on safety measures - the nerve centre of the stringent statutory mining requirement in the mining fraternity. As families arrived at the operation sites, guided by officials, a comprehensive brief-ing was given on how the mine extracts the precious mineral through its open cast method, the processing, grading and its final means of departure from site to the intended foreign markets. Asked about the nerve-chilling uncertain-ty in the demand of the mineral that characterised retrenchments in the region some 18 to 20 months ago, the Operations Manager of the South32 Mamatwan mine, Barry Bezuidenhout, said that operations are almost at their optimum - a direct affirmative that the price of the mineral and demand have significantly improved, thereby instilling investor confidence in the sector, stability in the retention of the labour force and an upsurge in the economic in-dex.

The Dingleton resettlement project took almost a decade to be completed. In 2007 the giant iron ore mine started to engage with the residents of Dingleton to relocate to Kathu in order to pursue their mining interests in Dingleton.  On 08 December 2016 dwellers of Siyathemba, officials of the Kumba Iron Ore Sishen mine, the mayor of Gamagara municipality and different stake holders congregated at Siyathemba civic centre to celebrate the birth of the suburb and the developments achieved during the Dingleton resettlement project.

Tshipi é Ntle has taken emphatic strides to ensure that the brilliant but resource-deprived learners can be brought on board in furthering their educational pursuits. This comes after the manganese producing mine introduced a bursary scheme for such learners since 2012 and seven students graduated in 2016 at various local universities. The appetite to churn out more graduates remains an unshaken commitment as the mine has identified another group of seven students within the district. Among the seven is Keotsepile Innocent Snyman (19) from Magwagwe village in the Joe Morolong local municipality. The young and intelligent student left a week ago for the University of the Western Cape to pursue applied geology. He performed exceptionally well at his matric results enabling him to qualify for a bachelor’s degree study. Keotsepile is exalted by the initiative that the mine introduced and directly so, where he becomes a beneficiary through par excellence. In a very brief interview with the mine’s socio-economic development and stakeholder engagement manager, Mr Bheki Mdakane said that the criteria is very transparent to identify learners who are astute but economically disadvantaged. The mine takes the initiative by visiting schools or an individual school authority approaches the mine, then starts the vetting process so that deserving learners access the opportunity that the mine offers. “The bursary scheme covers everything that includes tuition, accommodation, books with sustaining monthly stipends to cushion the students. We are obliged as a mine to look beyond the scope of mere operations. In reciprocity locals have to be empowered in both spheres of self development where education, employment and entrepreneurship ought to be prioritised. We are a family in the district and so we need not isolate ourselves from community needs”, he concluded.

 

 

Keotshepile Innocent Snyman of Magwagwe village University-bound  courtesy of Tshipi é Ntle Mine.       

Employees and stakeholders of PMG Mining (Pty) Ltd which is situated approximately 40-kilometres outside Postmasburg, had the opportunity to experience the mine’s first flag raising event ever. Shortly thereafter, their annually award ceremony, a ceremony established to give recognition and credit to hardworking individuals kicked off at the Golf course located on the Jenn Haven road.

                                       

This event, coordinated and organised by Delecia Phete, HR Manager of the mine was attended by Chairperson of Board Mr. Li Wei Jian, CEO Lin van Der Westhuizen, Herbert Motlonye BEE representative, Elroy Phete Speaker of the Tsantsabane Municipality and other managerial employees from various departments.

The honour was given to three countries, which plays a big role in the existence and future of the mine. Each country’s flag were raised individually and tardily accompanied by their national anthem. The setup was as follow, South Africa, China and at last Singapore. 

Accordingly to Mine Manager, Mr. Kwah Kabaah, the mine had a lot of difficulties and challenges in the past but they still kept head above water. Chadrack Williamson, was announced as the Best Progressive employee for the year 2016.

Mr. Lia Wei Jian on the other hand could not stop praising the stakeholders for their continuously support throughout the year.

Speaker of the Tsantsabane Municipality, Mr. Elroy Phete expressed his gratitude towards the mine and motivated employees in terms of performance and growth

Sishen Iron Ore Company Proprietary Limited (SIOC), a subsidiary of Kumba Iron Ore Limited and ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (AMSA) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement to transfer Thabazimbi mine to AMSA.

Until 2014, Thabazimbi was a captive mine owned and run by SIOC, but supplying ore exclusively to and funded by AMSA. As a result AMSA is accountable for 96% of the mine’s current rehabilitation liability, with SIOC responsible for the site’s management and the remaining liability. The transfer would simplify this arrangement by making AMSA solely responsible for Thabazimbi’s closure and rehabilitation.

Mining operations at Thabazimbi ceased on 1 September 2016. The identified assets and liabilities of the mine will be transferred at a purchase consideration of R1 plus the assumed liabilities. The remaining 63 SIOC employees currently engaged in mine rehabilitation and the preparation and finalisation of the mine closure plan will transfer to AMSA on comparable terms, conditions and benefits.

The needs of the Thabazimbi community were identified and have been incorporated into the Mine’s social closure plan. AMSA, as part of its current financial obligation, will take over the entire social closure plan and will be responsible for the execution, implementation and funding of these identified projects while SIOC will retain a right of oversight.

The transfer is dependent on certain conditions being met, most notably, competition authority approval, cession of the Thabazimbi mining rights in terms of section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), and a satisfactory due diligence investigation by AMSA. On fulfilment of these conditions, the employees, assets and liabilities will transfer to AMSA. If the conditions are not satisfied by 28 April 2017 (or a later date agreed to by the companies), the agreement will lapse and SIOC will proceed with the closure of the mine.

“In line with our strategy to manage our costs more efficiently in what is a particularly difficult time for the local steel industry, this agreement allows us to take full management control of the processes and costs related to the rehabilitation liability at the Thabazimbi mine. In addition we will investigate the feasibility of different options to possibly restart operations at the mine in order to supplement the company’s sources of iron ore and with the potential of job creation” said Wim De Klerk, CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa.

Themba Mkhwanazi, CEO of Kumba, said, “A transfer of the Thabazimbi mine to AMSA demonstrates Kumba’s continued support for local beneficiation. This also simplifies the contractual relationship between the parties around the effective management of rehabilitation. We are pleased with this development as it would be to the benefit of both companies and stakeholders.”

An inter-departmental sub-committee has been established by the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (PROVJOINT) to investigate and combat illicit mining in the province.

Illicit mining is a major concern and presents a number of challenges and threats to security, government authority and social economic development in the Northern Cape.

Mineral resources are the common heritage of all people in South Africa and the state is the custodian for the benefit of all South Africans.

Government will not allow criminal elements to plunder these natural resources that should be used to improve the livelihoods of South Africans.

Regular meetings are held with all the relevant stakeholders to find amicable solutions to the problem.

Land owners bearing mining rights or mineral deposits are advised to fence the property and display applicable signage prohibiting illegal trespassing and mining.

Property owners are encouraged to lodge a formal complaint with the police to enable them to investigate the matter and effect immediate arrest.

Government is sending a stern warning to criminals that practices of illegal mining, human trafficking and child labour is against the law and will not be tolerated.

Those interested in small scale mining are invited to approach the Department of Mineral Resources for guidance and assistance as there is a small mining programme available through the department. GCIS

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