Lonmin reflects with great sadness on the loss of lives of our employees, members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and members of the local community during the tragic events at our Marikana operations in 2012. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and colleagues of the 46 people who died.
We also extend to our employees, their families, our contractors, and local support services our thanks for their support and endeavours during this trying time. Our thanks go to the South African Council of Churches, trade unions, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, the SAPS, and representatives of the Department of Mineral Resources for their valued assistance. Our thanks also go to our employees, particularly our support-services staff, who tirelessly served the Company and their colleagues.
Making sense of Marikana
Understanding the circumstances through which a tragedy arises rarely explains it, and never justifies it. Under the chairmanship of Judge Ian Farlam, a commission announced by President Zuma has been tasked with examining the conduct of Lonmin; the South African Police Services (SAPS); the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), AMCU, their respective members and officials; and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), among others, during the tragedy at Lonmin’s Marikana operations in August and September 2012 in which 46 people lost their lives. READ MORE
Engaging with our stakeholders
We are committed to using the outcomes of this engagement effectively and incorporating them into the relevant decision-making processes of the business. Through this engagement, we aim to foster trusting and open relationships with our stakeholders. READ MORE
Providing decent work and opportunity
It is vitally important for Lonmin to attract, develop and retain skilled employees from diverse backgrounds in the face of a critical global skills shortage.
At the end of September 2012, we employed 36,523 people, 28,230 full-time employees and 8,293 full-time contractors. In total 91% of our employees are employed within our mining division. Our turnover level in 2012 was relatively low, at 6.17%. READ MORE
Addressing housing and living conditions
We have committed to providing all employees with accommodation options that are affordable and secure and that allow for a decent standard of living. The living conditions of our employees have a direct influence on their general well-being and therefore on their ability to succeed in their working environments. Our investment is important for the achievement of our safety and production goals and supports our efforts to improve employee health and foster stable and trusting labour relations. Achieving this ambition though is likely to be costly and time-consuming, and is not something that Lonmin will be able to achieve in isolation. READ MORE
Upholding human rights
We seek to uphold human rights through all our dealings and operations and we believe in the importance of internalising internationally recognised standards of human rights.
We use the following conventions to inform our policies: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights; the framework for businesses formulated in the UNGC, The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of both the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the ICMM. READ MORE
Ensuring the safety of our employees
Our principal operational priority is the safety of our employees and contractors. While we recognise that mining and processing operations present a safety risk, we believe that we can operate without injury and, most importantly, without loss of life.
Our Safety and Sustainable Development Policy outlines our policy commitments, with 15 Lonmin Sustainable Development Standards – see www.inserturl.com supported by Fatal Risk Control Protocols. These provide a risk-based management framework for Company-wide safety management, for our strategy of working towards continual improvement and alignment with best practice. READ MORE
Ensuring health and well-being
We care about the health of our employees, contractors and our communities and our efforts are aimed at improving the quality of their lives.
Our Workplace Health programmes are aligned with our goal of causing zero harm to people, and include not only management and treatment programmes but also prevention programmes. READ MORE
Partnering with communities
Contributing to long-term social, economic and infrastructural development is a direct investment in the sustainability of our operations, and that of the people affected by our activities.
Securing our licence to operate is much more than achieving compliance to operate within current and future regulatory environments. It is the implicit and explicit acceptance or approval granted and, indeed, earned by the company from local communities and other stakeholders. We know we need to engage with communities on an on-going basis to ensure the continuation of our social licence. READ MORE