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Environmental, Social And Governance

Bushveld Minerals’ strategic intent of value beyond compliance is anchored on the principle of creating shared, long-lasting value for all its stakeholders.

The Group began to develop a sustainability strategy in 2020. The sustainability strategy focuses on Environment, Social and Governance (“ESG”) principles. The Group will integrate material ESG considerations into the decision-making process, across the value chain. It will report on material ESG Key Performance Indicators and communicate a consistent message to stakeholders on key ESG commitments.

The Group also started a process of developing the ESG management system, which is developed in line with the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) Performance Standards. It also incorporates the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems  and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems to facilitate future alignment with these standards and certification at an operational level.

Collectively, the ESG strategy and management system will assist Bushveld and its operations to comply with relevant authorisations, legal requirements, the IFC’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards and other obligations in a systematic and structured framework. The Group’s sustainability strategy and ESG management system will be concluded in Q4 2021.

 

1. Health and safety

Bushveld Minerals recognises that the safety, health and well-being of employees and communities is key to achieving its long-term success. Our approach to safety and health is risk-based, starting with a Baseline Risk Assessment, moving to an Issue-based Risk Assessment, and then to a Continuous Risk Assessment, which includes lagging and leading indicators.

Our guiding principle is zero tolerance for deviations from safety regulations, whether by our own employees or contractors. We have instilled a work culture based on behavioural management that views health and safety as of paramount importance.

Our commitment to safe production has been illustrated through our efforts to become compliant with industry-leading standards. In 2021, we furthered our progress in complying with the Quality Management System aligned to ISO 9001:2015 requirements. At the time of writing the certification audit was underway. Moreover, the Group intends to have both Vanchem and Vametco operations Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems certified as per ISO 45001: by the end of 2023.

Training is directed at making sure our employees not only work responsibly for their own well-being, but also look out for their colleagues’ health and safety. Our safety drive entails visible leadership and behavioural change coaching, inspections and training programmes that are conducted on site by both management and employees. We believe that measuring ourselves against industry leading practices and implementing good health and safety systems and conditions will keep us in the forefront of the industry.

 

Safety

Bushveld Minerals’ priority is the safety and well-being of all employees and contractors. Our commitment to safe production was illustrated in 2021 not only by the fact that we maintained a zero fatality record but also the number of reported injuries declined to 18 in 2021 compared to 34 in 2020. The Total Injury Frequency Rate (TIFR) improved from 16.06 in 2020 to 7.78 in 2021 due to decreased number of incidents recorded and our continued efforts to eliminate injuries.

Our improving safety performance is in part due to the safety stand downs that are conducted after each reported injury and lessons learned from the investigations are shared in the group to prevent repeat incidents.

Bushveld Vametco’s safety performance for 2021 and 2020 was zero fatalities and zero lost time injuries. There were zero fatalities & zero LTI in 2020. The Total Injury Frequency Rate (TIFR) improved from 18.42 in 2020 to 8.62 in 2021. Bushveld Vanchem recorded zero fatalities and two lost time injuries in 2021 compared to one in 2020. This caused an increase in the LTIFR rate from 2.63 in 2020 to 4.37. The TIFR also decreased from 5.26 in 2020 to 4.37 in 2021.

 

Health

Health Metrics Our employees’ health and wellness is of paramount importance as such chronic monitoring, Tuberculosis screening and HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing is conducted at our on-site and off-site Occupational Health Clinics. There were no TB, Pneumoconiosis or any respiratory disease cases reported in 2021 and 2020.

In 2021 one noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) case and 21 nonoccupational diseases were reported in the Group compared to 2020, where zero NIHL and three non-occupational diseases were reported.

Further details available on page 54 and 56 of the Annual Report.

 

2. ENVIRONMENT

Bushveld Minerals’ environmental strategy is centred on compliance with various environmental laws and regulations (national, provincial and local) and alignment with international standards, including the IFC’s environmental and social performance standards and the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management system.

Annual environmental performance assessment audits are conducted by an external environmental specialist and by regulatory authorities. They consider the Group’s compliance with the conditions of the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and the mine’s environmental authorisations. Environmental legal compliance audits were also performed by an independent specialist.

No major findings were reported from any of these audits and no environmental penalties were imposed by the regulatory authorities.

Status of Environmental operating licences/ authorisations and compliance

Bushveld Mineral’s aims to comply with all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements including other international standards. We are pleased to report that, in 2021, the Company was awarded a number of licences, Environmental Authorisations by various government bodies and certified ISO 14001:2015 at Vametco operation. All these ensures that our operations are fully compliant with South African legislation. Further details available on pages 57 and 61 of the Annual Report.

3. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Bushveld Minerals desires to drive socio-economic development, regulatory compliance and creation of value beyond compliance in communities where we operate, whilst remaining commercially competitive and delivering value to our stakeholders.

Social and Labour Plan

Vametco received approval of its 2018 to 2022 Social Labour Plan from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in June 2021. Post the approval, Vametco focused on streamlining all community programmes committed for in the Social and Labour Plan. This was to ensure that project scopes for all Mine Community Development projects element of the SLP are finalized and the process to identify service providers to assist with implementation of such projects kicks off. Implementation of some Local Economic Development project started in Q4 2021.

The Company’s current focus is the implementation of the committed projects in consultation with the municipality, beneficiary communities and other relevant stakeholders. The process for establishing the 2023 to 2027 SLP is already underway where Vametco has outlined its strategic intent in community development and is engaging relevant community stakeholders to submit their community development programmes proposals for consideration for the inclusion in the new SLP.

Human Resources Development

Human Resources Development (HRD) is one of the Group’s important socio-economic goals. Bushveld Minerals invests in developing the skills of its employees and members of the host communities. The aim is to improve the quality of life of workers and members of the community, while increasing their labour mobility and prospects of employment beyond Bushveld Minerals. The HRD programmes include learnerships, internships, bursaries, portable skills and Adult Education and Training (AET).

The HRD programmes and achievements in 2021 is alluded below:

Learnerships: Learnership programmes are offered to both employees and non-employees. In 2021, there were 35 nonemployee learners that were progressing on the three years learnership programme as well as five employee learners. Trades were ranging from: Fitting, Fitting and Turning, Electrical, Instrument Mechanician, Rigging, Boiler-making and Diesel Mechanics. Despite the disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic caused, they have all managed to attend their due training towards the end of 2021 under extreme pressure as the college was experiencing high rates of quarantines.

Internships: out of eight internships on a two-year programme, three of the learners were absorbed into permanent position while they were still in internship programme which left five interns in the programme for the year 2021. All these candidates came from the surrounding communities receiving support in the following fields, one Geology; one Finance; one Human Resources; one Chemical Engineering and four in Analytical Chemistry. Two candidates were kept on temporal positions in a way to assist them with experience, even though their term has lapsed. The purpose was to keep them in the loop until we find a way to absorb them into permanent positions should opportunities arise.

Bursaries: out of the 23 candidates that were continuing from the previous year which were allocated bursaries, only 20 candidates were able to retain and continue with the bursary. Three learners were studying in the Engineering field, one in Mining and the other 16 were in support services like Medicine, Accounting, Information Technology, Geology, Law, Education, Chef, Counselling, Business Administration, Sport and Excise Technology as well as Politics.

Nine employees benefited from the bursary system studying various fields from different universities, and there were also six apprentices who were also supported through their training courses for them to be able to qualify for final assessments.

Portable skills: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the business was unable to make an impact in this area. There were no new developments in this area in FY2021. Outstanding activities were all postponed for 2022.

AET: This is an accredited curriculum offered to community members and employees to promote literacy. It focuses on upgrading English communication skills and numeracy. The curriculum ranges from pre-AET to level 4 (NQF1). In 2021, there were 22 learners that were continuing from the community recruitment, of which one was in level 1; 10 were in level 2; 11 were in level 3 and only two candidates were employees. We have experienced a good progress with a satisfactory progress.

Local Procurement

Bushveld has since ringfenced some of the procurement opportunities for local businesses. Such information was shared with relevant structures as part of the procurement process which also looked at encouraging local businesses to follow a set process whenever they want to do business with the Company.

Further to this, Vametco looked at opportunities where local businesses can be developed by “big” businesses to transact with the operation opportunities emerge in future.

Post year end, the Group has appointed a Transformation, Enterprise and Supplier Development Manager whose sole responsibility will be enterprise development and identifying local businesses that the Group can develop to be ready to become business partners.

In 2021 one noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) case and 21 nonoccupational diseases were reported in the Group compared to 2020, where zero NIHL and three non-occupational diseases were reported.

Further details available on page 54 and 56 of the Annual Report.

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