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Environmental, Corporate & Social Governance

ISO certifications offer sound framework for ESG performance

26th August 2022 The current expectations around environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)  performance include protection of the environment, social responsibility investments and corporate governance standards such as holistic accountability as highlighted in the latest King IV standards; in essence,... 

ESG central to miner’s operations

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 Matters of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) are central to mining as they are core to the notion of sustainability, something that the industry, and coal producer Canyon Coal, have been striving toward for years, says Canyon Coal environmental compliance officer Arjen Nell. He... 

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ARJEN NELL This increasing focus on legal and social requirements to operate sustainably and ethically bodes very well for the future impact of ESG on the mining sector

ESG key to improving investor sentiment

By: Tracy Hancock     26th August 2022 Working alongside key stakeholders and employing good governance structures, such as sound environmental, governance and social (ESG) practices, is an effective way of improving investor sentiment about the African mining industry, says coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro stakeholder... 

Exxaro aims to transition from a coal-based to a minerals and renewable-energy solutions business that will thrive in a low-carbon future
LOW CARB FUTURE Exxaro aims to transition from a coal-based to a minerals and renewable-energy solutions business that will thrive in a low-carbon future

Mine opens R2.5 million community hall

26th August 2022 Openpit mining company Afrimat’s Nkomati Anthracite mine in Mpumalanga in late July officially opened the Mawewe Community Hall in Madadeni, in partnership with the Tribal Authority, Nkomazi Local Municipality and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. Nkomati Anthracite committed over... 

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BUILDING BLOCKS Afrimat builds brick-and-mortar community hall

Used oil programme reflects ESG drive

26th August 2022 The recent solid financial performance by chemicals manufacturer Omnia Group’s explosives subsidiary BME, is underpinned by its environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) commitment, says MD Ralf Hennecke. Omnia’s mining division – where BME is the main asset – delivered a 29% increase... 

Africa-focused conference will provide key ESG insight for industries

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 The importance of embedding environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles into any modern business cannot be understated, which is why an Africa-focused ESG conference, which situates ESG considerations within the African context, will take place in October. The ESG Africa... 

Firm provides tech solutions to power a greener Mining 4.0

26th August 2022 As countries around the world pledge to achieve net-zero targets over the coming years, it’s not only governments and energy companies that will be put under pressure to deliver, says Nokia mining and natural resources strategic marketing director Marc Jadoul. He cites a recent McKinsey & Company... 

Reusing waste helps mines reach ESG targets

26th August 2022 The South African mining industry has an estimated value of R20.3-trillion; the role the sector plays in the country’s economy is enormous. However, so is the waste (tailings) produced by the sector, says waste management company Interwaste. The company notes that, when considering the waste... 

ESG to evolve from charity to ‘sustainability’

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in mining initially “took a bit too long” to transition from a form of charity to an industry imperative, says professional services firm Accenture sustainability lead for Africa Thandekile Matenga. “When I say charity; ESG in the old days in... 

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THANDEKILE MATENGA Mines now understand that ESG means investing in new technologies, decarbonising operations and most importantly, thinking about the future beyond mining

Ukwazi acquires sidus consulting, solidifying transaction advisory capability

1st February 2022 Niched mining services company, Ukwazi, today announces its acquisition of financial modelling consultancy, Sidus Consulting. The transaction will help grow Ukwazi’s existing solutions portfolio, expanding the business’ integrated mining offering for clients across Africa, the Middle East and... 

Success in sustainable community development initiative

By: Anna Moross     30th July 2021 Global diversified resources company Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has pledged more than $1-million over the past four years to support its activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in partnership with nonprofit organisation the Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF).  

An image of the launch of the Bon Pasteur Alternative Livelihood programme in Kolwezi, in the DRC
ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMME The programme aims to promote fair and sustainable development in the mining communities in the Kolwezi region

Developing social climate spurs ESG activity

By: Anna Moross     30th July 2021 Proactive action in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives highlights the increasing importance of companies showing transparency and accountability in the ever-evolving social climate, explains Old Mutual Investment responsible investing group head Jon Duncan. 

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JON DUNCAN Using ESG goals and green finance can enable mining companies to create opportunities to reduce energy and water consumption or carbon emissions while improving operational performance

ESG is the cornerstone of creating sustainable value

30th July 2021 Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), as with corporate social responsibility (CSR), has become increasingly important for mining companies’ survival and sustainable operation, says gold producer Pan African Resources, which adds that non-financial aspects are also considered by... 

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COBUS LOOTS ESG principles are becoming a more important area of consideration for investors, who are increasingly interested in making sure their investments align with the values they hold towards the environment, society and good governance practice

Diamond major releases inaugural impact report

30th July 2021 The world’s largest diamond miner by volume Alrosa, earlier this month released its first ever Impact Report, which summarises its social and economic progress in Yakutia – which hosts 90% of Alrosa’s operations – over the last decade. Yakutia is one of the world’s richest regions in terms of... 

Company provides crucial relief for community

By: Anna Moross     30th July 2021 Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless aims to ensure the educational and social welfare of the Steve Tshwete local community through financial contributions and fundraising, says Columbus Stainless corporate affairs manager Nomsa Thosa. 

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CHARITY GOLF DAY Columbus Stainless suppliers and customers participated to raise funds for eleven charity organisations. The funds were shared among the organisations

Miner empowers local communities

By: Anna Moross     30th July 2021 Investment company Menar subsidiary Canyon Coal has a longstanding history of ensuring social and economic development to empower local communities, says Menar social labour plan manager Nthabiseng Mueti. 

An image of the Bonginhlanhla Stimulation Centre in Mpumalanga, South Africa
BONGINHLANHLA STIMULATION CENTRE The centre provides integrated educational programmes and services that facilitate the wellbeing and socioeconomic empowerment of learners with disabilities

Risk management is an ESG imperative

By: Anna Moross     30th July 2021 There is a close correlation between sustainable development and environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns, says South African gold producer DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius. 

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NIËL PRETORIUS Sustainable development engenders a perspective that considers the concerns of future generations

Sustainable business transformation

30th July 2021 Globally, there has been an intensified focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, with public and private sectors facing increasing pressure to demonstrate climate and social stewardship by transparently disclosing ESG targets and strategies. This focus on ESG will continue to... 

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30th July 2021 Carrot or stick? Perhaps the healthy equilibrium is to explore the strategic imperative of an integrated sustain-ability strategy. While firmer regulation is aimed at addressing climate change, it threatens at least half of the value of coal, oilfield and gas reserves. The transition to a... 

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ESG business critical, not just the right thing to do 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 De Beers Group, the world’s largest diamond company by value, is working to leave a positive long-lasting legacy beyond mining. To achieve this, it has set 12 Building Forever 2030 Goals, three for each of the four supporting pillars. 

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Engineering News & Mining Weekly speaking to Katie Fergusson, the senior VP sustainable impact of De Beers Group
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