Mine celebrates 5 years

2017-08-23 06:00
Kolomela Mine employees and contractors at the celebration event on Friday, 4 August. The mine celebrated its fifth year anniversary.Photo: Supplied

Kolomela Mine employees and contractors at the celebration event on Friday, 4 August. The mine celebrated its fifth year anniversary.Photo: Supplied

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Kolomela Mine celebrated its fifth year anniversary on Friday, 4 August.

The most celebrated achievement for Kolomela Mine, which officially opened in 2012, was its outstanding safety statistic of being free of working injuries for 105 days.

“This is a record that brings us to over 2 million lost-time injury-free man-hours at the mine,” said Rodgers Mundembe, manager of safety, health and the environment at Kolomela Mine.

The general manager, Aart van den Brink, said the first bush – to establish Kolomela Mine – was removed in 2009.

Highlighting the many other occasions the mine celebrated in 2017, Van den Brink pointed out the ten year anniversary of Kumba Iron Ore (Kolomela’s parent company), 100 years of Anglo American (the majority shareholder of Kumba Iron Ore) and 125 years since the town of Postmasburg was proclaimed.

“We are very thankful to our parent company, Anglo American, for its confidence in bringing Kolomela Mine to life from a dusty project to a mine that has revitalised a community and continues to deliver on its promises,” Van den Brink said.

According to him, Anglo American continued to invest in Kolomela as one of its top five projects in the world, even when the global economy experienced a melt-down in 2009.

“By securing the future of Kolomela, the company also brought a breath of fresh air to the old town of Postmasburg.”

Anglo American’s centenary was also used to honour the people and values that have helped the company rise above many challenges and progress with confidence to the global giant it is today.

Operating sustainability for the benefit of all its stakeholders was part of the promise made by Ernst Oppenheimer, the founder of Anglo American.

“Today, the group is working harder than ever to become partners in the future and to deliver real and lasting value to society,” said Van den Brink.

“Kolomela is proud to be part of this great heritage and of our continued contribution to the success of Anglo American.”

He said their achievement was partly the result of a continued focus on the Kolomela Mine’s purpose, which is successfully operating a zero-harm and attractive mine, positioned for growth.

“We know where we have come from and the challenges we have experienced over the years. We know how we have evolved and where we are going. We know that our positive mind-set will continue to ensure the well-being of our mine, our people and our community,” he said.

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