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The 2021/22 edition of Limpopo Business is the 13th 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 been attracting significant investments in the mining sector in recent years and with commodity prices of certain minerals rising in response to demand in the renewable energy and automotive sector, mining houses are well-positioned to expand production even further. This journal carries messages of welcome to investors from the province’s Premier and the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is special feature on plans to catalyse investment and growth in the province through measures such as industrial parks and the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone in the province’s far north, which is attracting billions of dollars in investment. News related to mining, agriculture, tourism, construction and property, water, education and development finance is carried in overviews of the main economic sectors.


INTERVIEW PMC’s new COO is set to turn over a new leaf Logo option 1 Recognition of good work and accountability are key concepts for the new Chief Operating Officer of PMC, Guangmin Wei. HBIS PMC Logo Development Can you outline your strategy for us? I believe that history is made by people and that they can make a difference. My strategy is to encourage people to develop their roles through hard work. I will recognise and reward achievements made with the opportunity to grow in the corporate world. It is through this vision that I hope employees will stay longer within the business until they retire while growing their roles and skills. How would you describe your leadership style? No target is achieved by one person. I am going to apply the principle of leadership steadily, with immense support. I like to encourage people with a statement like “Challenge the impossible.” Guangmin Wei, COO of PMC BIOGRAPHY With Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mineral Sciences and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, Guangmin Wei started his working career at HBIS as an Operator. For two decades he has been in a managerial role in China. He admires the philosophies of two great Chinese leaders. Mao Zedong, because he liberated the people of China and Xiaoping Deng, because he introduced an open policy which empowered people to make capital through entrepreneurship. What do you hope to achieve during your tenure? Break the business record in terms of business strategy and performance. The half year of 2021 showed remarkable results and it can only be better than that come the end of the year. I believe this year is going to be the best in the history of PMC. What are your top priorities? My wish is to see people grow from junior level to senior management level. I want employees to reach their individual and departmental targets. Ensure that maintenance equipment is maintained as per schedule. Recognition of employees who do excellent work. Supporting community development, which is aligned to our values of caring, through funding of student’s fees, creating employment, donations, developmental programmes to promote small businesses, to mention a few. Recognition of best employee ideas on a regular basis. My focus during my tenure is: to set clear targets and ensure accountability with regards to missed targets and stability of equipment with regards to maintenance. My job is to encourage and support people to do well. How do you measure success? Success is not to related to the biggest target achieved. It is the happiness and fulfillment of people. It is knowing that employees are fully aware of their targets, challenges and yet they soldier on with a smile. ■ LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2021/22 38

Logo option 1 HBIS PMC Logo Development PMC is addressing infrastructural development needs Healthcare, roads and local jobs are key priorities. Palabora Mining Company continues to develop its positive relationship with the eight Ba-Phalaborwa communities within the jurisdiction of Mopani District, namely Phalaborwa, Namakgale, Lulekani, Makhushane, Maseke, Mashishimale, Selwane and Majeje. PMC has identified local traditional authorities as critical stakeholders and quarterly meetings are held to discuss issues relating to sustainable development. Palabora stands firmly on its business values of Integrity, Courage, Accountability, Caring and Teamwork. The urban community’s interests are presented through the Ba-Phalaborwa Community Forum (BCF) structure. Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality is our critical stakeholder as the company’s Social and Labour Plan (SLP) is informed by the Integrated Development Plan. In the year 2018, Palabora embarked on an Enterprise Development and Supplier Development programme called “Palabora Link”. The vision was to ensure that value and wealth are created for emerging businesses based in local townships and villages which will lead to more employment opportunities. The programme aims to promote the development of 37 enterprises and FOCUS support the growth of local enterprises that may or may not be supplying services and products to PMC. Another group of the Palabora Link programme was selected in November 2020 as part of the programme project continuation. Our reports indicate that the beneficiaries of the programme employ about 700 local people. Healthcare has been identified as a critical need. The entire population of Ba-Phalaborwa was desperate for afterhours medical attention when a private hospital closed down. To that end, PMC made one of its facilities available to a Supplier Development programme beneficiary, Dr Thabo Motsoane, resulting in the birth of MarulaMed 24HR Health Centre which took place on 12 th April 2018. PMC had set aside R5-million to assist with putting together a fully-equipped medical centre. Another significant project in the Social and Labour Plan is the construction of a 3km road from scratch for the Selwane community, approximately 60km away from mining operations. The work started in July 2019 and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2021. The project employs labour from the local community. Furthermore, Mashishimale village will be receiving a 3.4km road constructed from October 2021. ■ 39 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2021/22

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