A Magazine Sept 2011.pdf - Words' Worth


A Magazine Sept 2011.pdf - Words' Worth



Issue No. 8

September 2011



A seismic survey vehicle in action,

at one of Anglo American’s

Platinum operations.

Beyond the horizon

Using technology to work

further, deeper, safer


The Local Procurement and Enterprise Development Trade Fair hosted

by Anglo American in June was an important highlight on our calendar of

achievements. This was not because of the significant number of people who

attended, or the media coverage it attracted, but rather because it confirmed

a simple truth about our business, and that is: Anglo American contributes far

more to the country than just GDP.

Besides providing a one-of-a-kind networking and knowledge-sharing

opportunity for our suppliers and entrepreneurs, the Trade Fair showcased

some of the incredibly productive partnerships that Anglo American has

helped to build, mainly as a result of its small business development and local

procurement initiatives. In the mix of 79 exhibitors were a number of technology

partners whose expertise and innovative approach continues to contribute to

our business in a way that is fresh, exciting and quite literally groundbreaking.

It seems fitting, therefore, that this issue of the A Magazine focuses on the topic

of mining and technology.

Technology plays a critical role in all aspects of our business, from the

equipment and systems that enable us to operate as safely as possible, to the

ideas and innovations that help us save costs, be more efficient and sharpen our

competitive edge.

In this issue we look at various aspects of Anglo American’s Mining and

Technology function, including technology development (see the new ‘Shongololo’

Flexible Conveyor Train that will drive a step change in underground mining –

page 17); exploration (see page 20); technical governance (see page 34); as well

as case studies and examples of how technology is being applied in disciplines

such as geosciences, mining, engineering and metallurgy.

You can also read about the new Group-wide energy and CO 2


system (page 32); the successful Goedehoop rehabilitation that was supported by

Anglo American’s Technical Services function (also page 32); and the good work

that the Chairman’s Fund continues to do to support local businesses (page 13).

Clearly, technology and its many spin-offs lie at the heart of much of what we do.

This makes the role of the Mining and Technology function increasingly important

as we look further, dig deeper, and work harder than ever to remain a world-class

mining company. I trust this issue of the A Magazine will give you a glimpse of how

that investment is paying off.

Godfrey Gomwe


Anglo American South Africa LTD

Kumba Iron Ore’s haul

trucks are equipped with

vehicle collision avoidance

systems so that different

trucks ‘know’ their positions

relative to one another

and can communicate this

‘knowledge’ accordingly.

The cabins of these vehicles

are fitted with hydraulic

chairs, air-conditioning

and sound systems.

In this issue:

How do we discover what no one

has found? Extract what no one has

reached? Add value that no one can

beat? These are the answers that

Anglo American’s Mining and

Technology function seeks to provide.

This edition of A Magazine explores

the broader role of technology in our

business and how it underpins much

of what we do.

02 facts, stats AND

news in a nutshell

Awards and accolades; Cultivation

project goes commercial; Groupwide

procurement policy launched;

Trade fair success; Zimele award

winners; Safety summit news;

Young Communicators Awards;

Kolomela breaks another safety


14 technology

for opportunity

Creating new opportunity in a

finite resource; ‘Shongololo’ saves

time and boosts safety; New

Saldanha Sampling Plant is paying

off; Thermal Coal pilots automated

roof bolter; Isibonelo wins DMR

Safety Achievement Flag.

20 technology

for growth

The business of exploration;

R9 million boost for local mine

design; Turning waste into watts;

Fan optimisation sparks energy

savings; Platinum’s Project Fast

Forward; Stirred milling initiative

boosts operating profit.

28 technology

for business

Building synergy through

research; Putting more energy

into using less; Rehabilitation

project complete; Multi-million

rand Ogies infrastructure

upgrade; Happy home owners

at Mthunzi Vilakazi Village;

Governance and standards


The A Magazine is a quarterly publication of Anglo American in South Africa. For an electronic copy please visit www.angloamerican.co.za

Editorial enquiries: Jerome Raman, tel +27 (0)11 638 3188, email: jerome.raman@angloamerican.com

The opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily represent the views of Anglo American.

Provided that permission is obtained from the editor and on condition that acknowledgment is made to the A Magazine, newspapers and magazines are welcome to reproduce articles in whole or in part.

NOTE: Please note that any rand/dollar conversions contained in this edition are based on the exchange rate on the day of going to print.

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Global recognition for

rural health centre


01 Mandla Mnisi, medical technologist in the

HIV laboratory at the Bhubezi Community

Health Centre at Bushbuckridge. Since its

establishment, the centre has provided

more than 3,500 HIV positive patients with

anti-retroviral treatment.

02 Dr Gilbert Khosa and Kgomotso Kwenja,

who co-manage the Bhubezi Community

Health Centre at Bushbuckridge, were

presented with the Frontline Heroes for

Health award in New York earlier this year.

03 Andrew Mitchell (right), secretary of state

for the British government’s Department for

International Development, with Dr Brian

Brink, Anglo American’s chief medical officer,

and Sister Jacqueline Demas from the

Johannesburg Campus clinic, at the head

office in Johannesburg on 19 July.

The Bhubezi Community

Health Centre in

Bushbuckridge Mpumalanga

has revolutionised the way

the community understands the

concept of healthcare by being the

first to offer basic and specialised

healthcare in the region.

These services have resulted in

it being the worthy winner of the

inaugural Frontline Heroes for Health

award from the Global Business

Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS,

Tuberculosis and Malaria. The cosponsored

award, which recognises

leadership in community healthcare,

was presented by Cynthia Carroll,

chief executive of Anglo American,

and Sir Richard Branson, founder

“The Centre’s success

emphasises the power

of effective collaboration

between business,

the community and

government to strengthen

healthcare systems.”

Cynthia Carroll,

Anglo American chief executive

and chairman of the Virgin Group,

at the GBC’s tenth annual awards

dinner in New York earlier this year.

Through the support of USAID/

PEPFAR (the US President’s

Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), the

South African Department of Health,

Ndlovu Care Group, Anglo American

and Virgin Unite, Bhubezi has

received more than 130,000 patients

since being established in 2007.

Anglo American was a platinum

sponsor of the GBC conference

and awards dinner, which brought

together more than 500 business

executives, policy makers, thought

leaders and celebrities to discuss

the corporate response to global

health challenges.



Group-wide local procurement

policy launched in South africa

Anglo American has launched its first global Local Procurement

Policy, representing a significant step in the journey towards

implementing consistently high standards throughout the Group.

The policy was developed in 2010 to support the Group’s vision

of sustainable, responsible local procurement that positively

contributes to the economic and social development of the

communities in which Anglo American operates. It was launched

locally at the Local Procurement and Enterprise Development Trade

Fair in Johannesburg on 23 June 2011.

Initiatives being rolled out to support the policy include a local

procurement ‘toolbox’ for staff; internal capacity building; payment terms

that accommodate the needs of local small business owners; an employee

entrepreneur incubation programme; and various local supplier development

and capacity building programmes.

Manyeding cultivation

project to go commercial

Can a small cultivation project grow into a

sustainable business? Absolutely!

04 Essau Motloung from

Four Tops Engineering is

just one of Anglo American’s

local suppliers who

stand to benefit from the

Group’s new global Local

Procurement Policy.

05 Environmental

co-ordinator for Rustenburg

Concentrators, David Hadzhi,

checks a Tamarix plant

recently planted on the

Central Paardekraal Tailings

Dam Wet Beach.

Did you know?

Anglo American has trained more than 300

managers in the use of its Mine Closure Toolbox,

to assist them when planning for closures. This

is just one of the many ways in which the Group

demonstrates its commitment to limiting the

impact of its operations on the environment.

Speaking ahead of World Environment

Day on 5 June, the head of Sustainable

Development and Energy, Sam Hoe-Richardson

said: “Environmental challenges are faced by

our entire industry, but it is up to us to show

leadership in tackling them. We need to find ways

of using resources more efficiently. We also need

to work with communities to address challenges

such as access to clean energy and water.

Through these actions we will secure our future.”



Another thumbs-up for OUR

HIV/AIDS workplace programme

Anglo American’s HIV/AIDS workplace management programme

continues to attract international attention, most recently from the

United Kingdom’s secretary of state for International Development,

Andrew Mitchell, who visited the head office in Johannesburg in July.

The visit included a short presentation on how Anglo American’s workplace

policy works, followed by a guided tour of the counselling and testing site,

where Mitchell interacted with staff and peer educators.

Funded by Kumba Iron Ore in 2010, the pilot phase of the Manyeding

Cultivation Project in the Northern Cape has been so successful that it is

already supplying produce to large retail chains such as Pick ’n Pay. The

project is now being prepared for commercialisation through expansion to

include 120 hectares of agro forestry (vegetation for local and export markets)

and a world-class dehydration plant, which will require a capital investment of

around R40 million over the next two years.

Besides providing value training in crop cultivation and farming, the project

has helped to noticeably reduce unemployment in the Manyeding community.

Kumba Iron Ore’s local economic development practitioner, Oduetse Kolberg,

attributes the project’s success to the hard work of the community members,

the beneficiaries and the support of all stakeholders.

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Big business funds,

for small business growth

A fair trade

“Enterprise development and

entrepreneurial support is not

something you do FOR a community.

It is something you do WITH it. It is

something you do as a partner who

has equal commitment, who carries

mutual risk and who enjoys mutual


Cynthia Carroll,

Anglo American chief executive


Close to 1,500 delegates and 79 exhibitors

gathered at the first ever Local Procurement

and Enterprise Development Trade Fair in

Johannesburg in June, to see for themselves what

can be achieved when a business takes an openminded,

transparent and inclusive approach to

local procurement and enterprise development.

Hosted by Anglo

American, the event

gave exhibitors the

opportunity to showcase

their products and services, and

network with other suppliers and

potential customers.

Exhibitors ranged from

multinational and local suppliers

to local entrepreneurs whose

businesses have been funded

through Anglo American’s enterprise

development arm, Zimele.

“At Anglo American we see

ourselves as partners in development

with host governments, working

together on shared goals and values,”

said Godfrey Gomwe, executive

director, Anglo American South Africa

Ltd, speaking at the event.

“We see ourselves as partners

with the unions, especially in the

critical arena of safety. We have

formal partnerships with a number of


NGOs. And of course, we have our

all-important relationships with our

emerging businesses and with our


At the heart of this approach

lies enterprise development and

local procurement – the principle of

using local resources, suppliers and

equipment in a way that both uplifts

and empowers local entrepreneurs,

while meeting very real business


Witbank small business owner,

Thomas Mahlangu, who exhibited

at the fair, says that the training he

has received through the Zimele

programme has changed his life.

“I’m earning more now. I have my

own car, my own house, I employ

12 people, and my two boys and

two girls all work”.

Another exhibitor, Segweka

Riba, managing director of Baubu

Transport Service, says that Zimele

helped him to buy five new buses to

transport workers in the surrounding

mines. “We were in this business

before, but without capacity. Today I

employ 13 people.”

Did you know?

• Zimele has invested R467 million in

845 local businesses, which together

employ almost 16,000 people and

generate a combined annual turnover

of over R1.8 billion.

• Anglo American has committed

to creating and sustaining 15,000

additional jobs in up to 1,500 new

businesses by 2015.

• In the past decade, procurement spend

on black economic empowerment and

business development has increased

from R911 million to R21 billion.

• More than 40% of total available

procurement spend is directed to

historically disadvantaged South

African businesses.

Supply Chain Fund


l Foodworx catering

company (best performer –

businesses with more than

R20 million turnover).

l AEF Mining, which

refurbishes buckets used

in mining (best performer –

businesses with

R10 million to R20 million


l Baubu Transport, which

transports mine employees

(best performer –

businesses with less than

R10 million turnover).

l Kram Engineering,

applicator of resistant

tile ceramic lining (best

performer overall).

Community Fund


l The Greener Fertiliser,

which manufactures and

exports fertiliser sticks (best

performer – businesses with

more than R2 million annual


l Lerumo La Basadi, a

cleaning company (best

performer – businesses

with R350 000 to R2 million

annual turnover).

l Tabea DM Trading &

Projects, which grows

and sells vegetables (best

performer – businesses with

less than R350 000 annual


l Dr Lorna Maphuthuma

Medical Practice (best

performer overall).


Outstanding Zimele businesses recognised

The Trade Fair in June also played host to the Zimele ‘Best Performing Funded Businesses’

awards ceremony, which this year saw top achievers emerging from all sectors.

Congratulations to the following winners:



Olwazini Fund


l Photographer Patrick

Natal Ntombela of

Sondela Photography and

Entertainment (best learner).

l Funeral undertaker

Ntombekhaya Nonjaca

of Oxy Trading 768 (best

business performer).

Anglo American

Khula Mining Fund


l African Nickel, explorer

for nickel (best performer


01 & 02 The Anglo

American stand at the

Trade Fair, held at the

Sandton Convention

Centre in June.

03 Cynthia Carroll, chief

executive, with (left)

Kagiso Montoeli, owner

of the Jelly Corner,

and Godfrey Oliphant,

deputy minister of the

Department of Mineral


04 Eight of the

winners at this year's

Zimele annual awards

ceremony, from left:

Patrick Ntombela, owner

of Sondela Photography

and Entertainment; Riba

Segweka, MD of Baubu

Transport; Johan de

Jager, MD of Foodworx;

Ntombekhaya Nonjaca,

owner of OXY Trading

768; Timothy Keating,

CEO of African Nickel;

Letsosa Matona,

operations director of

Kram Engineering;

Ella Marie Boshoff,

co-owner of The

Greener Fertiliser; and

Dr Lorna Maphuthuma

from Dr Maphuthuma

Medical Practice.

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