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Sustainable Development Report for the year ended 30 September 2012

03/People, Planet, Profit

Case study:
(n) a detailed account giving information about the development of a person,
group or thing, especially in order to show general principles

Case studies

Building bridges of hope

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

The Workplace Peer Educators are workers from different levels within the organisation who volunteer or are selected by their peers. They are there to share knowledge and practical information, encourage and support others, and promote healthy living.

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Addressing vibration

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Increasing industrial mechanisation has created a work environment where vibration is a common phenomenon. Our employees can be exposed to vibration when they come into contact with vehicles, vibrating machinery and certain hand tools.
 

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Getting to zero

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

The southern African region has the highest number of people infected and affected by HIV in the world. To try and turn the tide, our 2011 World Aids Day Campaign focussed on managing the impact of HIV/Aids in Lonmin, under the banner: “Getting to Zero”

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Lonmin Artisan College

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Lonmin’s Artisan College opened its doors in April 2012 at a critical time in the industry and the country. South Africa is in the midst of a critical shortage of artisan skills, against ever increasing demand, and the mining industry will be faced with dire consequences if the skills shortage is not addressed.

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Fit for the job

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Apart from promoting equality in the workplace, the South African Mining Charter set a target that women should make up 10% of the total women in mining. Achieving these levels has brought with it unique challenges including the real and perceived issue of reduced physical capacity.

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GLC health survey

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

In 2006, we commissioned research on the health status of the GLC. The survey gave us an accurate understanding of the impact of Lonmin’s activities on the community, and formed the basis of our Community Health Programme. Five years later, we commissioned a review of the survey.

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Promoting healthly living

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

The long-term vision of our Community Health Programme is to increase general wellness in the GLC. The Health Promotion Programme was developed as part of this overall strategy, aimed specifically at the youth living in these communities.

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Keeping the GLC clean

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Recognising the growing problem of waste in the GLC – an issue raised at various stakeholder meetings Lonmin has partnered with the innovative waste management company, TedCor, to offer a reliable waste removal service to the residents of the GLC.

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Counting every drop

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Diesel fuel is one of the largest operational costs to our mining operations. Even a small percentage of fuel saving can add direct value to the bottom line and is closely aligned with Lonmin’s objective of improving operating and environmental efficiencies.

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Adapting to climate change

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Consideration of and planning for climate change is an integral part of our business. Lonmin has made a number of substantial business decisions during the reporting year that have been influenced by the climate change-driven aspects of our strategy.

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Water conservation

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Lonmin acknowledges the importance of understanding the possible long-term advantages and disadvantages of mining and aims to ensure that in closure of mining activities, the local communities will inherit an invaluable sustainable water resource.

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Removing invasive plants

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Lonmin’s Environment and Community departments have compiled a joint plan for the development of co-operatives within the GLC to manage and remove alien and invasive plant species, a major threat to biodiversity, found within our Marikana operations’ area.

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Heritage before exploration

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

We know that our heritage sites are irreplaceable and we are committed to preserving our heritage for future generations. A Phase 1 Assessment at the Marathodi Chiefdom heritage site at Vlakfontein was completed in June 2011.

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CaSO3 dam remediation

 Workplace Peer Educator at Lonmin

Lonmin recently completed the temporary remediation of two calcium sulphite (CaSO3) dams (residue stockpiles), which are situated west of the company’s BMR and Smelter complex near Marikana in the North West Province.

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