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South African organisations are mandated to contribute to the economic development of the country. Economic development refers to the upliftment of community members, for example communities around which a mine operates. However, dealing with local community organisations and public service entities can be difficult, taking a business’ focus away from its core function. This is where independent economic development partners come in, read about the benefits of contracting an economic development partner in this edition. With regard to community upliftment some mining organisations choose to make their services available to the greater community. At Kathu’s Sishen Mine, Dr Nothando Moyo-Mubayiwe treats 30 000 community members, 10 000 of which are mineworkers. In the remote Northern Cape town, her patients would otherwise not have access to medical treatment. Having just celebrated Workers Day on 1 May, the focus is on health and safety in the workplace. Did you know keeping your workplace clean could potentially save you billions in compensation costs? This is particularly relevant to the mining industry since a recent class action has seen six South African mining companies fork out R5 billion in compensation funds for thousands of workers affected by silicosis.
Get serious about economic development outcomes
 

Economic development is mandatory for organisations, especially mines, renewable energy and construction companies whose operations have a big impact on the community within which they are established. When it comes to the design and delivery of economic development efforts, companies’ earnest desire to make a positive impact is often curbed by the complexity of dealing with public service entities and other stakeholders. However, independent economic development partners can provide the neutral ground needed to get the greatest benefit for the most important beneficiaries – the community.
 

 
Kathu’s daring doctor treats 30 000 patients
 

In her position as superintendent – Occupational Health and Hygiene at the Sishen Mine of Kumba Iron Ore, Dr Nothando Moyo-Mubayiwa provides strategic leadership for the mine’s occupational health and hygiene services. Sishen Iron Ore is one of South Africa’s largest mines, with more than 10 000 employees. Yet in addition to this, Dr Moyo Mubayiwe says to effectively manage and reduce the incidence of diseases like HIV/Aids and TB you can’t only work with employees, you have to involve the entire community.

 
South Africa falling behind with digital transformation
 

Industry 4.0 is transforming manufacturing rapidly and digital transformation has been on many CXO’s agenda for a number of years. Despite this, only a small group of companies are in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operation's revolution. According to PwC’s Strategy & Global Digital Operations Study 2018, the bulk of global manufacturing companies are applying new technologies to their operations in an experimental way instead of a coordinated strategic effort to increase revenue and reduce costs.

 
Becker Mining SA to install EM system at Zimbabwean mine
 

Becker Mining South Africa – specialists in safety and communications technologies for the mining sector – will soon install a robust atmospheric and environmental monitoring system at a mine in Zimbabwe. The project will encompass the installation of 19 environmental points underground at the mine, where Smartsense devices each become an environmental station, monitoring up to seven different parameters.

 
Clean environments can save you billions
 

Dust and debris on mine and construction sites represent a significant danger to workers and can have dire consequences for employers. Six South African gold mining companies have set aside R5 billion in compensation funds as part of a class action brought against them by thousands of workers with Silicosis or TB. The out of court settlement, which is likely to be concluded later this year, is a stark reminder of the consequences a lack of cleanliness can have on the health and safety of workers on site.

 
Extended financial provisioning compliance timeframe for offshore oil and gas rights holders
 

Kirsty Kilner, senior associate at Webber Wentzel Attorneys explains the amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 to extend the transitional period to comply with regulations for holders of offshore oil or gas explorations or production rights to 19 February 2024. She says while the amendment may seem confusing, rights holders should be relieved as the purpose of the amendment simply appears to formalise the extended compliance timeframe for this category of rights holders under the existing financial provisioning laws.

 
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