Natural Capital

Pan African Resources fully embraces and commits to its responsibility to effectively monitor, measure and manage the environmental impact of all its operations.

Committed to protecting our natural heritage

Pan African Resources recognizes the privilege it has been afforded to operate and mine in some of the oldest and best-preserved deposits of sedimentary and volcanic rock on the planet.

 Our mines are fully committed to operating with due respect within our natural environment to extract our high-grade geological gold resources. Furthermore, we take the greatest care to ensure we return the environment to its natural state through our fully funded rehabilitation funds.

 Historical mining tailings are often considered to be one of the most significant sources of environmental damage produced by mining operations. The re-mining and consolidation of these tailings assist in reducing their environmental footprint. Our new Elikhulu plant will consolidate the Kinross, Leslie and Winkelhaak TSFs into a single facility, which will reduce the environmental footprint and impact of Evander Mines. BTRP in Barberton also fulfils the same function and is consolidating the Bramber and Harper TSFs through re-mining and re-depositing tailings material.

 Elikhulu’s enlarged Kinross TSF extension is lined to prevent and limit underground seepage and pollution and represents our sincere commitment to address the ‘scar tissue’ of tailings that is so often associated with the mining industry. At the same time, the consolidated facility allows us to increase our positive socio-economic contributions, particularly through job creation.

Why natural resources are material to Pan African Resources

The business of Pan African Resources depends wholly on the environment and its natural resources; not only those we extract from the ground, but also land, water and air. As such, we are committed to being the best possible stewards of these resources and treating them with the care and responsibility they deserve. We are dedicated to minimizing and, where possible, eliminating the negative environmental impacts of our operations.

2019 Natural capital highlights and challenges

Highlights


◗ Evander Mines improved its water recycling to 57% (2018: 30%) of total water used
◗ Barberton Mines conducted river and community clean-up campaigns including basic education
◗ A Water Management and Conservation plan was approved for Barberton Mines’ operations
◗ Reduced cyanide consumption at the Elikhulu plant through active monitoring and regulation of reagent consumption

Challenges


◗ Decreasing energy consumption and moving to renewable-energy sources
◗ Illegal miners working near rivers are polluting water sources in the Barberton catchment area
◗ Employee and community adoption of pro-environmental behaviours and driving a culture of environmental sustainability

Looking ahead


◗ Proactively reduce freshwater use and maximise water recycling
◗ Conduct a feasibility study into a solar-powered plant at Evander Mines
◗ Continue to develop, refine and enhance our biodiversity plans
◗ Development and implementation of energy management plans
◗ Target a 10% annual reduction of reportable environmental incidents at our Evander operations
◗ Continuation of Evander Mines’ rehabilitation programme to close old shafts
◗ The implementation and promotion of eco-tourism in the greater Barberton area to promote environmental awareness and create employment opportunities
◗ Given the recent changes to the legislation governing mining in South Africa, we will focus on achieving full regulatory compliance, particularly as it applies to our water and air quality licences