Responsible materials consumption

Key features

  • 14,872 tonnes of coal consumed in 2013, a 13% decrease from 17,259 tonnes in 2012.
  • Fuel supply agreement signed with first 100% BEE oil company in South Africa.


The responsible and efficient use of the natural resources and materials that we need to consume in order to mine and process our product follows naturally from our Safety and Sustainable Development Policy and is entrenched in our Environmental Management Strategy. We report on our consumption of the material resources without which we could not operate.

In addition to water and electricity, which are covered in dedicated sections in this report, the most significant input materials at our operations are timber (used for underground support pillars), coal, diesel and other fuels (used in smelting and for energy) and explosives (used for blasting).

We source these materials from various specialist service providers, and we recently finalised our agreement with our first 100% BEE fuel supplier. We only use timber from sources that are certified with the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC®). More information on how we source ethical and responsible suppliers is available in the section Empowerment through preferential procurement.

The nature of the material requirements for PGMs production makes it difficult to use recycled or secondary input materials and the percentages of these types of materials used at our operations is therefore negligible at this stage.


Materials consumption 2013
Material 2013
Timber (poles) 961,538
Coal (tonnes) 14,872
Ammonium nitrate (tonnes) 13,239
Explosives fuel (kilolitres) 1,134
Diesel fuel (kilolitres) 14,738
Materials used by weight or volume.
Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.