Exxaro addresses critical challenges facing SA

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In order to minimise the environmental impact to the area, Exxaro have had to re-consider their original design, which has resulted in a staggering 98% reduction in their footprint.

With the earth’s population set to increase by more than 2 billion people in the next 30 years, the planet will be bursting at her seams, and without intervention, her resources stretched to capacity. Issues around energy, water, and food security are already emerging across the globe. In answer to this, South African coal and heavy minerals mining company, Exxaro, has aligned their vision and strategy to address exactly these issues. With the goal of creating a viable future, they are implementing sustainable solutions which are transforming the communities in which they operate.

The Belfast Implementation Project is a greenfield coal mining project where there is not only the mining of coal but also mining of data and information. In contrast to a traditional mining environment, with its concomitant restraints around turnaround time and longer decision-making processes, this project is enabling Exxaro’s whole mining chain to be interconnected. It’s the first mine in the country, if not in the coal mining industry, where a digital twin mine is utilised in the development of the entire mine and its scope. Through this, the mine is empowered to predict any potential challenges and opportunities. It is affording them the freedom to graduate from a reactive position to a predictive, and even a prescriptive, one.

Through this, the mine is empowered to predict any potential challenges and opportunities.

In keeping with their purpose of powering better lives, Exxaro places great emphasis on the safety of their employees. Each individual is seen as important and they speak of their Safety Culture as an actual living entity and not just something that resides on paper. Furthermore, the mine would not be successful if it did not have the support of the communities in which it operates. When two farming communities had to be moved to make way for mining operations, Exxaro launched, in keeping with international best practice standards, the Resettlement Action Plan Project. Along with water, sanitation, and electricity, the new communities now own their properties under their Community Property Association, and the quality of their lives has increased accordingly.

In addition to their passion for people, Exxaro’s commitment to the environment is tantamount. The mine is situated in the highly sensitive Komati River catchment area in Mpumalanga, and is surrounded by several wetlands. In order to minimise the environmental impact to the area, Exxaro have had to re-consider their original design, which has resulted in a staggering 98% reduction in their footprint. Exxaro CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, states that Exxaro’s main focus is about how they can address the critical challenges that are facing society in South Africa today. It’s about a purpose that is bigger than they as a company – it’s a purpose that’s generational – and in addition to being good corporate citizens, they wish to actually become the solution.

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Creating New Economies for Businesses to Thrive

With the goal of creating a viable future, Exxaro is implementing sustainable solutions which are transforming the communities in which they operate.

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Enabling A Future for Coexistence

Exxaro CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, states that Exxaro’s main focus is about how they can address the critical challenges that are facing society in South Africa today. It’s about a purpose that is bigger than they as a company – it’s a purpose that’s generational – and in addition to being good corporate citizens, they wish to actually become the solution.

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Mining for Data and Information

The Belfast Implementation Project is a greenfield coal mining project where there is not only a mining of coal, but also a mining of data and information. In contrast to a traditional mining environment, with its concomitant restraints around turnaround time and longer decision-making processes, this project is enabling Exxaro’s whole mining chain to be interconnected.

Growing Sustainable Communities

When two farming communities had to be moved to make way for mining operations, Exxaro launched, in keeping with international best practice standards, the Resettlement Action Plan Project. Along with water, sanitation, and electricity, the new communities now own their properties under their Community Property Association, and the quality of their lives has increased accordingly.

Designed for Conservation

In addition to their passion for people, Exxaro’s commitment to the environment is tantamount. The mine is situated in the highly sensitive Komati River catchment area in Mpumalanga and is surrounded by several wetlands. In order to minimise the environmental impact to the area, Exxaro has had to reconsider their original design, which has resulted in a staggering 98% reduction in their footprint.

Ensuring A Culture of Safety

In keeping with their purpose of powering better lives, Exxaro places great emphasis on the safety of their employees. Each individual is seen as important and they speak of their Safety Culture as an actual living entity and not just something that resides on paper.