South African mining companies are heavily regulated with compliance aimed at receiving, converting and retaining all mining rights and environmental licences. Exxaro endeavours to exceed the minimum regulatory requirements relevant to our business. To this end, after a strategic review of key environmental risks, we identified the building blocks required to ensure consistent compliance over time.
At a minimum, to meet legal requirements, we monitor compliance across the group through two board-mandated entities: the sustainability, risk and compliance committee, and the social and ethics committee. Furthermore, as our business units operate in terms of approved environmental management programmes, which is additional assurance of sustainability and legal compliance. Some environmental management programmes are updated regularly to include new developments in our operations.
Notable achievements in 2019 included ministerial consent to transfer the Arnot mining right to a consortium of mainly former employees, as well as the Paardeplaats mining right to North Block Complex, and the granting and execution of the Tumelo mining right renewal.
We continuously and consistently engage with the relevant government authorities, agencies and other stakeholders throughout the application processes of various projects to expedite the required licences.
Exxaro did not receive any environmental stoppage directives in the review period and no fines were issued.
We use a standardised reporting system to ensure safer and more sustainable work environments for our employees. The system enables our business units to manage incidents more effectively and efficiently. All incidents and mitigation measures were reported to the relevant authorities before implementation. Please refer to the table below for details.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|Environmental incidents: group||2019||2018||2019||2018||2019||2018|
|North Block Complex||0||13||0||1||0||0|