IUCN collaborates with private sector partner Black Mountain Mining, Subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, to develop a Sustainable Biodiversity Management System in the Namaqualand Region

9 Jun

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IUCN collaborates with private sector partner Black Mountain Mining, Subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, to develop a Sustainable Biodiversity Management System in the Namaqualand Region

The Namaqualand in South Africa contains ecologically sensitive ecosystems with critical value for biodiversity conservation, local livelihoods, eco-tourism and agriculture. Researchers highlight that Namaqualand plant and faunal diversity is particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts and climate change and therefore needs to be at the forefront of the development agenda in the region.

Following the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, the South African Department of Minerals & Energy (DME) initiated a Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in The Mining Sector. The framework envisioned that by 2010 the South African minerals and petroleum sector would be able to contribute optimally to sustainable development through sustainable and responsible mining. To achieve this vision; Black Mountain Mining (BMM) Operations, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, has partnered with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to develop a Sustainable Biodiversity Management System at the proposed Gamsberg zinc mining site in the Northern Cape Province to enhance and diversify rural livelihoods within the Gamsberg ecosystem and surrounding regions (i.e. Namaqualand) through support to green enterprise development and innovative biodiversity and livelihood options and technologies.

Under the aegis of this partnership an Independent Review Panel (IRP) with leading experts in the field of environment, biodiversity and environmental law has been set up to provide advice on programmes that will avoid, mitigate or offset biodiversity impacts during operations and at mine closure, to ensure rehabilitation planning and implementation at Gamsberg and to review and provide technical advice on BMM’s Biodiversity Management System.

A Biodiversity and Livelihoods Coordination Committee (BLCC) has been set up with former judge A.  Gildenhuys as an independent chairperson, to oversee and advise on BMM’s corporate social responsibility programmes in Namaqualand. This will be carried out in collaboration with conservation and development Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) and community based organisations (“CBOs”) operating within the region.

Tom Albanese presents Vedanta’s Africa Portfolio at Mining Indaba 2014

3 Mar

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Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment conference, the world’s third largest mining conference, and Africa’s largest mining event. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event.Tom Albanese, Chairman Vedanta Resources Holdings, presented Vedanta’s African focus and strategy at the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba 2014.

 

Celebrating Getting to Zero new infection, discrimination and AIDs related death

10 Dec

The Skorpion Night celebrated the 2013 World AIDs under the theme “Getting to Zero”.  Both management and employees of Skorpion Zinc embarked upon various fun activities as well as competition.  The “Getting to Zero” theme was used to enforce a message educating employee to protect themselves from getting infected, care for one another and not discriminate against those who are already infected with HIV, as well as, to look after oneself and prevent AIDs related death.

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Rest in peace Madiba!

9 Dec

It is with sorrow that we’ve learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela. We extend our condolences to all members of his family; the government, and the people of South Africa.

The world has indeed lost a remarkable man.

We’re deeply saddened, as are millions of people around the world, by the irreplaceable loss of a great human being, a remarkable statesman and one of the most steadfast and visionary leaders of recent times.

Yet at the same time we believe that we should all celebrate the life of this great man who not only loved his country but also cared for this world so much. His leadership of South Africa at a time when the country needed courageous men and women to take it out of its precipice will remain one of the marks of his true leadership.

His name and life personified all the renowned elements of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and the world’s fight against any form of injustice: sacrifice, leadership, courage, dedication, discipline, empathy, understanding and wisdom. The world has indeed lost one of the greatest leaders of our time. Madiba could easily have led a life of comfort but instead he chose to sacrifice everything and fight for the freedom of his people.

He dedicated himself to the upliftment of people and remained committed to the fight against intolerance, racism, injustice, inequality, among many other social ills for which he paid a heavy price. Throughout his life he was a pillar of strength and source of inspiration to oppressed people all over the world. All of us admired him for his wisdom, vision, humility, intellect and his integrity. His memory will forever be treasured by the freedom-loving people of the world for the life-long dedication he showed to the liberation of the downtrodden and oppressed.

As a society we should strive to continue where he left off, and continue the quest for a better life for all the people of the world. We owe that to Tata Madiba.

Lala ngoxolo Madiba! (Rest in Peace Madiba!)

Skorpion Zinc supports the //Karas Regional and Northern Cape Twinning Agreement

5 Dec

As part of our commitment to sustainable living, Skorpion Zinc has partnered with the //Karas Regional Council to provide support towards the Twinning Agreement signed between the //Karas Regional Council and the Northern Cape in South Africa.

Skorpion Zinc has signed an agreement to provide financial support to the activities of the //Karas Region and Northern Cape Twinning Agreement, for a period of one year (December 2013 to November 2014) to a tune of N$120,000. 00.

The twinning agreement allows for cooperation between two parties involved, in areas of development. The co-operation includes joint efforts in the karakul industry to strengthen and ensure sustainability for that industry; the education sector, needs assessment and creation of database for areas of co-operation, training in precious and semi-precious stones, agricultural activities, among others.

Moreover, young people in the two areas will be empowered through a structured relationship based, on developmental programs of common interest between the National Youth Development Agency in the Northern Cape and the Ministry of Youth’s office in //Karas. Through the establishment of a Nama trans-frontier cultural festival that will be rotated between the Northern Cape and the Karas Region, Culture and sport will also be promoted.

We believe that the activities underlined in the Twinning Agreement meet the objectives of the //Karas Regional Council and will enhance the development of the citizens of both the //Karas Region and the Northern Cape

Hon. Rev. Jan Scholtz, Chairman of the //Karas Regional Council, receiving the agreement from   Dr. Andreas Mwoombola, HR Manager: Skorpion Zinc, while Mr. Godfrey Kleinhans, the Project Facilitator looks on.


Hon. Rev. Jan Scholtz, Chairman of the //Karas Regional Council, receiving the agreement from Dr. Andreas Mwoombola, HR Manager: Skorpion Zinc, while Mr. Godfrey Kleinhans, the Project Facilitator looks on.

Signing as witnesses to the agreement in Keetmanshoop, from the left is Hon. Hilma Nikanor, Deputy Veterans Affairs Minister and Ms. Nora Ndopu, Manager: Corporate Affairs, Skorpion Zinc.

Signing as witnesses to the agreement in Keetmanshoop, from the left is Hon. Hilma Nikanor, Deputy Veterans Affairs Minister and Ms. Nora Ndopu, Manager: Corporate Affairs, Skorpion Zinc.

Skorpion Zinc and WAD Partnership Delivers 300 trained beneficiaries in the //Karas Region

3 Dec

It was a day of great jubilation and gratitude for the graduates from all six constituencies of the //Karas Region (Keetmanshoop Urban, Keetmanshoop Rural, Karasburg, Berseba, Lüderitz and Oranjemund) came together at the Suiderlig Secondary School Hall in the Krönlein suburb of Keetmanshoop. The much anticipated graduation ceremony hosted by the Woman’s Action for Development in partnership with Skorpion Zinc was a culmination of the 2013 WAD training programme in the //Karas Region which was entirely sponsored by Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery. The training which was offered to 50 beneficiaries in each respective constituency, bringing the total graduates to 300 in the //Karas region, focused on  tailoring, hospitality, computer skills and office administration.

Joining the WAD Executive Director Mrs. Veronica De Klerk on the stage, were the Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Honorable Hilma Nikanor, who delivered the keynote address and Skorpion Zinc’s HR Manager Dr. Andreas Mwoombola spoke on behalf of Skorpion Zinc. Speaker after speaker reiterated the need to continuously improve one’s skills in order to be ahead of the pack when vying for employment, as well as to be able to join the ultimate challenge of becoming an entrepreneur and create opportunities for oneself and others with the new found skills. Other speakers included Bishop Phillip Pollitzer – Roman Catholic Church, Hon. Rev. Jan Scholtz – Chairperson of the //Karas Regional Council, Hon. Jims Christiaan – Constituency Councilor Keetmanshoop Rural, His Worship the Deputy Mayor of Keetmanshoop, Cllr. Gabriel Freyer, Dr. Job Ndile – //Karas Regional Director of Health and Social Services, Ms. J. Rukamba – Deputy Director for Adult and Life-Long Learning and Libraries and Ms. Nora Ndopu – Corporate Affairs Manager for Skorpion Zinc.

In his remarks, Dr. Mwoombola gave the following piece of advice to the graduates, “The courses you have taken and certificates you are to receive today are not for you to use to just decorate the walls of your house but to take that piece of paper and use it in a way that will empower you. It is not just enough to carry it around, you must go beyond that. You must stand up and tell yourself that if no one is going to employ me despite the certificate I have gotten, I will employ myself. Basically, what I am trying to say is that, do not use that paper for purposes of job hunting but to go out there and start your own businesses.”

Traditional attire and school uniforms produced by the graduates during their training in tailoring were donated to various pre-schools and cultural groups at the graduation event. The audience where entertained in between speakers by several cultural performances which was part of a cultural dancing competition that was running concurrently with the programme. The winner of the cultural dancing competition was announced at the end of the event.

 

Black Mountain Mining sponsors 400 cataract surgeries

30 Oct

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