Successes put in spotlight

2017-12-06 06:00
From the left are Themba Mkhwanazi (CEO of Kumba Iron Ore), Pauline Williams (MEC Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison in the Northern Cape) and Dolly Mokgatle (independent non-executive director). Photo: Supplied

From the left are Themba Mkhwanazi (CEO of Kumba Iron Ore), Pauline Williams (MEC Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison in the Northern Cape) and Dolly Mokgatle (independent non-executive director). Photo: Supplied

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Transformational goals, successes, challenges and opportunities for transformation was in the spotlight on Stakeholder Day, held by Kumba Iron Ore, on Wednesday, 8 November.

In a statement released by Kumba, it was highlighted how the event, which marks the second of its kind, was significant, as 2017 marks Anglo American’s centenery and Kumba’s ten-year anniversary. Anglo American is Kumba’s parent company.

The event was dedica­ted to thanking stakeholders for the role they have played in making it possible for Kumba to create value and be part of strong, working communities.

CEO Themba Mkhwanazi highlighted that the greatest success for Kumba was undoubtedly the company’s ability to ensure a safe workplace for its employees.

According to him, Kumba has suffered no fatalities since May last year thanks to the recent Global Safety Day, when everyone stops to reflect on safety performance and priorities.

“Stopping production for a day symbolises the importance we place on the safety of our employees, and I must say, seeing all of us recommit to working safely, to looking after each other and always reminding ourselves that production should not come at the expense of anyone’s safety, was one of the most gratifying moments,” Mkhwanazi said.

Partnerships are crucial to Kumba’s vision of harmonious co-existence.

“I am pleased about the collaboration efforts being made by the manganese and iron ore leadership in the Northern Cape, with the intention of working with our stakeholders to craft a shared vision for the region, which will achieve shared value for all of us,” he said.

“Through this collaboration, we will be able to ask questions about what we want for the region, what we need to do to achieve this vision, and what interventions will get us there, what role each and every one of us has to play to achieve this vision, and what awaits us once this is achieved.”

He referred to the ongoing dialogue on the proposed Mining Charter Three and said that Kumba welcomed the minister’s written undertaking not to implement the Mining Charter pending the judgment on the Chamber of Mines’ review application, which will be heard in December.

“We are hopeful and positive that we will see a negotiated charter that works for all stakeholders, is practical to implement and that preserves and enhances investment and employment.”

“While waiting for these opportunities to unfold, Kumba was continuing to drive its transformation objectives.

“The Stakeholder Day was an opportunity to reflect, share the company’s progress and to demonstrate that to us, it’s not just about ticking the box.”

Kumba board member Dolly Mokga­tle delivered a message on behalf of Kumba chairman Mandla Gantsho.

“This industry employs about 300 000 people, with more than five million people directly dependent on mining.

“Kumba alone employs over 8 000 people in the Northern Cape while Anglo American employs 30 000 permanent employees,” Mokgatle said.

“In addition, mining in South Africa is responsible for a further 1,4 million jobs in mining supplier industries and the downstream sectors that use mining outputs.

“This means that more than 14 million people are directly dependent on jobs created by the mining industry.”

The Kumba Stakeholder Day was preceded by roadshows in each host municipality, aimed at gathering concerns and inputs from key stakeholders, and to ensure that the Stakeholder Day was focused on opportunities for enhancing transformation.

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