Issue No. 8
A seismic survey vehicle in action,
at one of Anglo American’s
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
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.
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
The cabins of these vehicles
are fitted with hydraulic
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
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.
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.
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
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FACTS, STATS & NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
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
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
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
the community and
government to strengthen
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 –
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
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
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
FACTS, STATS & NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
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:
l Photographer Patrick
Natal Ntombela of
Sondela Photography and
Entertainment (best learner).
l Funeral undertaker
of Oxy Trading 768 (best
Khula Mining Fund
l African Nickel, explorer
for nickel (best performer
01 & 02 The Anglo
American stand at the
Trade Fair, held at the
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;
owner of OXY Trading
768; Timothy Keating,
CEO of African Nickel;
operations director of
Ella Marie Boshoff,
co-owner of The
Greener Fertiliser; and
Dr Lorna Maphuthuma
from Dr Maphuthuma
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