Our formal integrated SHEQC policy, which is board approved, filters down through the group. Our SHEQC performance, as with all performances within the group, is driven by the group philosophy of continuous improvement.
The board assumes ultimate responsibility for the group’s SHEQC performance. The SHEQC sub-committee oversees and manages the SHEQC and keeps the board apprised of SHEQC matters relating to compliance, discipline and action plans around incidents and accidents. The general managers at the mines are ultimately accountable for SHEQC at the operations.
Our SHEQC objectives aim to create a culture of sustained safety performance through zero harm and minimal environmental impact. All our operations have embedded our policies and procedures in their working culture, and we encourage employees at all levels to engage freely about SHEQC matters.
SHEQC meetings are held as needed, with at least four held annually. Health and safety committees are in place for all operations and represent the entire workforce.
The group’s SHEQC policy contains specific guidelines that integrate safety, human resources, health and occupational hygiene. This approach ensures that the group promotes safe production to support sustainable growth. Pan African Resources complies strictly with the mining licence conditions set by the DMR, the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1993 (as amended from time to time) and other relevant legal requirements. The group SHEQC manager, as well as safety, health and environmental officials, guide and advise each operation, aligned to our philosophy of continuous improvement. Legal requirements are treated as minimum requirements, with regular internal audits by the operations’ safety, health and environmental officials. Monthly SHEQC performance reviews also ensure compliance with SHEQC standards and procedures. The group is monitoring the DMR milestones (established in 2014) to ensure compliance. Internal monitoring and measuring takes place across operations monthly, quarterly and annually to ensure that we achieve zero harm by 2020. Results are regularly reported to the DMR.
Our employees, contractors and suppliers are pivotal to achieve our SHEQC objectives, so we encourage involvement and buy-in through training, written communications and regular face-to-face meetings.
We have forged strong relationships with the communities where we operate and assist them, where possible, with health and wellness programmes and stakeholder engagements.
Each mining operation has its own in-house training programmes aligned to the group’s strategic objective of zero harm. Safety, health and environmental training, including job-specific training, is included in employee inductions and when employees return from leave.
To further improve safety at all operations, we held individual discussions with employees, and reviewed the baseline risk assessment.
Safety awareness campaigns were improved and made more practical. The group continued to implement a safety dashboard system to manage and monitor all operations’ safety systems.
The group continues to engage and strengthen relations with the DMR inspectorate.
Illegal miners at our gold mining operations pose a safety risk to employees. The respective operations have a combination of biometric and normal access control systems to prevent illegal miners from accessing underground operations. Regular interventions are conducted to reduce illegal mining activity.
Barberton Mines and Evander Mines produce gold in the form of bars and by-products. Gold is a benign product with no significant environmental, health or safety impacts. All gold products generated by the group are refined by Rand Refinery, an accredited London Bullion Market Association refinery, and sold to South African financial institutions.