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CSR News

Corporate scrutineer, varsity in research partnership

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th July 2011 South African scrutineer The Bench Marks Foundation has developed a research partnership with the North-West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus. The parties have started the Bench Marks Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility 

Lonmin sets aside R163m for community projects 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th July 2011 Platinum miner Lonmin will spend R163.8-million on community projects between 2012 and 2014, which will be a key enabler to grow its production, Lonmin executive manager for external affairs Abey Kgotle told Mining Weekly Online on Monday. The company, which spent R156-million on community... 

Sierra Leone diamond miner secures funding for $150m expansion

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 Sierra Leone’s largest diamond-mining company, Koidu Holdings, has confirmed that funding for the $150-million expansion at the Koidu kimberlite project has been secured and implementation is gaining momentum.  

Shabangu to address responsible mining leadership forum

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 The Community Responsible Mining Initative (CRMI) which is responsible for organising the Community Responsible Mining Leadership Forum, to be held at the Sandton Sun on July 25 and 26, reports that this year’s event will feature high-profile keynote speakers, such as Mineral Resources Minister... 

Mining, other sectors far from being good corporate citizens – Bench Marks Foundation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st July 2011 The mining sectors and other industries in the South African market have a long way to go before they can be considered good corporate citizens. 

IDC says R22bn to be invested in mining over five years  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th June 2011 South Africa’s mining industry would receive a large portion, some R22.2-billion, of the R102-billion of funding being made available by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) over the next five years. Despite funding for mining being considerably lower for the financial year ended March... 

Engineering group backs Wits science stadium projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th June 2011 Bateman Africa, part of the Bateman Engineering group, has made a donation of R600 000 to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, to assist in funding the new Wits Science Stadium. 

South African mining companies embracing social upliftment

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th June 2011 The development of the South African mining industry from the re-entry of the country into the international business sphere has been primarily focused on the role that it can play in boosting the economy, where, traditionally, it has been a pillar of strength. In this focus on gearing the... 

Australian miners help to save Hall of Fame from closing

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     3rd June 2011 The Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, which needed about A$1-million a year to remain open, avoided possible closure this week following pledges received from members, particularly industry, the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum said on Friday. The Hall of Fame... 

Coal miner, municipality delivering 100 houses to Mpumalanga community

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th May 2011 In the midst of the country’s service delivery challenges, South Africa’s fourth-largest exporter of thermal coal Optimum Coal and the Steve Tshwete local municipality have joined hands in a R13-million project to deliver 100 houses to the public.  

Coal miner helps to end water restrictions in Mpumalanga towns

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th May 2011 A year after the Department of Mineral Resources commissioned the water reclamation plant near Hendrina, Mpumalanga, and following concerns that the Steve Tshwete municipality could run out of water in future, coal miner Optimum Coal has intervened to shore up supply to the communities of... 

BEE firm clinches belt cleaning, garden services deal with chrome miner 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd April 2011 Chrome ore supplier to the chemical industry Lanxess South Africa’s mining division has signed a contract with Khupe Maintenance and Projects for belt cleaning and gardening services at Lanxess’s chrome mine, near Rustenburg, on a permanent basis. 

Optimum Coal, municipality build community centre in eMalahleni

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd April 2011 In response to calls from a community in Emalahleni, coal-focused South African miner Optimum Coal, along with the local municipality, has opened the R4,2-million Hlalanikahle multipurpose community centre. 

Indigenisation will have dire consequences for mining sector if it is not handled ‘sensibly’ – Zim Chamber of Mines

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th April 2011 The Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines has issued a stern warning that economic growth in the embattled country may become static should the threats issued by President Robert Mugabe last week regarding indigenisation compliance bear fruit.  

Diversified miner reports growth of CSI projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th April 2011 Diversified mining giant Anglo American’s Chairman’s Fund, a corporate social investment (CSI) arm of the company, reports that the Aurum Institute for Health Research has secured major international Aids research grants and that the institute’s budget and employees have grown more than fourfold... 

R15m centre to help support the disabled in KZN community

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th April 2011 A R15-million facility, the Khayalethu Home of Love and Care for the disabled, will be built in KwaNzimakwe near Port Edward, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The project represents the collaboration between the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), mining companies and social partners.  

Mining, metal sector more transparent: international council

15th April 2011 Transparency in the mining and metals sector is on the rise, according to new figures released by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and network-based organisation Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 

Lawyer says changes brought about by revised Mining Charter pose challenges for the industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th April 2011 Although there is significant consensus that the new approach towards black economic empowerment investment within the mining industry has merits. The implementation of the 26% ownership for life requirement will expose serious pitfalls within the industry.  

HudBay faces fresh $55m lawsuit from Guatemalan group 

By: Matthew Hill     29th March 2011 A group of 11 Guatemalan women on Monday filed a $55-million lawsuit in Ontario against TSX-listed HudBay Minerals for alleged gang rapes by the company’s security forces during evictions that took place during 2007. HudBay said on Tuesday the lawsuit was “the first and only account of these... 

Joy, P&H integrate into single mining-equipment business 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( – The Southern African divisions of Joy Global, mining equipment manufacturer, Joy Mining Machinery (Africa) and P&H MinePro Services (Africa), which have been separately run businesses within the same stable, have been combined into a single business- Joy Global... 

Shabangu heaps praise on Carroll, Anglo head flays mine nationalisation  

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2011 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu on Tuesday heaped praise on Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll, hailing her as a mining model, and the Anglo head later flayed mine nationalisation and threw her corporation’s full weight behind South Africa. 

Don’t be lax on safety as mines age and become less profitable, mine bosses urged

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th January 2011 Commercial and corporate law firm Werksmans Attorneys reports that corporates within the mining sector will need to confront the health and safety challenges of ageing mines with renewed vigour in light of the Department of Mineral Resources’ intensified drive for a zero fatality industry.  

Sustainability key business requirement – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is serving on the advisory committee for the corporate social responsibility (CSR) seminar, which is being organised for the Mining Indaba 2011 by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). 

Council promotes corporate social responsibility

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) will be co-hosting a corporate social responsibility (CSR) day at the Mining Indaba 2011, to be held in Cape Town, from February 7 to 10. 

Local company wins accolades for sustainability, innovation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th December 2010 South African supplier of support technology to the mining industry New Concept Mining (NCM) has been honoured at the Anglo American Supplier Awards 2010 event, held in London, last month.  

RBM’s BBBEE deal progressing well

By: Jessica Hannah     26th November 2010 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals’ (RBM’s) broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) deal, which was signed in December 2009, is progressing well and is successfully benefiting the community. 

Barrick included in Nasdaq sustainability index

By: Liezel Hill     25th November 2010 Barrick Gold, the world's biggest gold miner, has been ranked among the top 100 companies in the world for its sustainability reporting and performance by the Nasdaq OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index, the firm said on Thursday. Barrick said it was the only Canadian mining company to be... 

Companies need to 
value social issues

5th November 2010 Consulting firm Synergy Global Consulting reports that the mining sector in Africa is increasingly dealing with social risk mitigation as a core element of its business activities. 

Lonrho awarded R42m farming contract at Xstrata mine 

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st November 2010 Diversified mining group Xstrata inked a R42-million contract with Lonrho's agri business to develop and operate a commercial farming and agriprocessing development at its Thorncliff alloys mine in South Africa's Limpopo province. The first phase of the project valued at R14,4-million, would... 

Banking group honours mining houses’ 
sustainability initiatives

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th October 2010 Acknowledging the contribution that responsible mining and mineral beneficiation makes to the economic development of Southern Africa, financial services company Nedbank has honoured mining companies’ efforts in promoting sustainability in industry at its yearly Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards. 

Canadian lawmakers vote down controversial Bill C-300 

By: Liezel Hill     28th October 2010 The controversial Bill C-300 was defeated in a vote of 140 to 134 in the Canadian House of Commons on Wednesday. Bill C-300, a private members bill tabled by Liberal Member of Parliament John McKay, proposed giving the government authority to investigate complaints against resources companies... 

Use of satellite-based communications in mining sector escalating 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd October 2010 The association of key companies involved in delivering advanced digital fixed satellite systems Global VSAT Forum reports that satellite-based communications in the mining industry have escalated in recent years, owing to the reduction in costs and increase in operational productivity. 

CSR counsellor opens shop in Canada as Bill C-300 vote looms 

By: Liezel Hill     21st October 2010 Canada's new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor for the extractive industries officially opened her doors on Wednesday, just one week before MPs vote on a contentious piece of legislation aimed at improving the behaviour of Canadian mining companies abroad. Bill C-300, a private... 

New Gold Fields housing complex to accommodate 100 employees, their families 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th October 2010 South African gold mining company Gold Fields has opened a new employee housing project, in the in the Glenharvie community, near its Kloof Gold mine, as part of its R550-million, five -year housing programme. 

Foundation adopts new approach to stimulating investment, 
job creation

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st October 2010 Sustainable development specialists the Africa Foundation for Sustainable Development (AFSD) has assembled a team to take a unique approach to stimulating investment and job creation directly and indirectly in communities affected by commercial mining operations. 

India seeks to attract mining investment with new law 

By: Liezel Hill     28th September 2010 India's Parliament will likely consider a proposed new mining law in November, and the new legislation, which aims to open up the country's resources to foreign and local private investment and increase the benefits from mining to local communities, could be in place some time next year. The new... 

No resolution yet on Argentina glacier bill

By: Francisca Pouiller     16th September 2010 Voting by lawmakers on a proposed law to protect glaciers in Argentina continues to face delays, and there is doubt from several sides whether an agreement can be reached. The bill aims to protect the country's glaciers by banning industrial activity in sensitive areas. 

Doe Run smelter closure leaves local economy devastated

By: Francisca Pouiller     13th September 2010 More than 70% of the 3 500 people who were employed by Doe Run Peru in the region of Junin have returned to their home towns or gone seeking work elsewhere, according to local newspaper El Comercio. General economic activity in the city of La Oroya, where life has revolved around metallurgical... 

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