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Limpopo Business 2019-20 edition

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The 2019/20 edition of Limpopo Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Limpopo Province. Limpopo has several investment and business opportunities. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on various Special Economic Zones (SEZs) which aim to drive industrialization in the province and the initiatives which are further enhancing the tourism offering in Limpopo. News related to mining, agriculture, transport and logistics, education and development finance is carried in overviews of the main economic sectors in the province. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at Updated information on the Limpopo is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business.

FOCUS PMC’s support

FOCUS PMC’s support for ongoing sustainability drive is paying off Palabora Mining Company is an energy-efficiency leader in the mining sector. The water quality of the Olifants River (above) and the Selati River are constantly monitored as part of PMC’s Environmental Management Programme. Palabora Mining Company’s code of ethics includes consideration given to the healthy work environment of employees but also to ensuring that sound environmental management is pursued so that the biodiversity of the natural environment in which PMC operates can be sustained for many years to come. These are among the company’s strategic imperatives. Energy Management Programme Mining activities are inherently very energy intensive, so PMC launched an Energy Management Programme in 2012 to curb the half-a-billion-rand energy bill which was continually growing. PMC collaborated with a consulting company, resulting in the employment of 12 energy specialists and project managers who would, in conjunction with mining personnel, identify, implement and sustain energy cost-saving projects. As a result, 117 initiatives were identified. Following stringent technical and financial adjudication processes, 31 projects were implemented. Step 1: Identify energy cost-saving opportunities and ideas through data collection and process analysis. Step 2: Scope the ideas in terms of cost and return. Step 3: Prioritise the ideas based on ease of implementation, highest return and least cost. Step 4: Develop an implementation plan for the suite of projects submitted to management and board members for approval. Step 5: Implement the approved plan. Step 6: Continuous measurement and verification of each project’s performance to ensure the sustainability of the programme. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20 50

FOCUS As a result of adherence to the Productivity Approach over the past five years the company has saved R232-million through avoided energy costs. These consist of: • Electricity savings worth R181-million • Coal and liquid fuels savings worth R43-million • Water savings worth R8-million. With the help of external funding mechanisms worth R28-million the Energy Management Programme had a net benefit of R173-million by the end of July 2017. Palabora Mining Company’s Energy Management Programme has not only created a sustainable model but has also emphasised the company’s standpoint regarding its environmental responsibility. PMC is now an energy-efficiency leader in the mining sector. Going green The company is a certified ISO 14001 business, that subscribes to worldleading practices. Located directly adjacent to the world-renowned ecotourism attraction, the Kruger National Park, Palabora Copper coordinates several onsite wildlife management and cultural heritage programmes as part of its ongoing sustainability drive. Over the past years, Palabora Copper has retained a record of being one of the safest mines in South Africa and Africa. This is particularly due to the stringent SHEQ regulations and procedures in place, and the effective management of contractors on site. 51 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20

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