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ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

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SepHold recognises that the mining and processing of its cement product may have a negative impact on the natural environment in which it operates. SepHold is committed to mitigating the impact, wherever possible, and applying environmental protection measures in its manufacturing and processing activities. SepHold and its subsidiaries’ business strategy has been developed with consideration for the mitigation of carbon emissions, and water and energy inefficiency.

SEPCEM

SepCem’s environmental management strategy takes into account water consumption, energy efficiency and the mitigation of carbon emissions. The Aganang and Delmas plants were designed to limit their environmental impact and mitigation measures have been developed for all potential risks. Dust and noise pollution, water consumption and waste generation are monitored and measured periodically in line with legislative requirements at both plants.

These measures were approved by the Departments of Mineral Resources as well as Agriculture and Land Administration. SepCem also complies with all the conditions of its licences issued by the Departments of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs. SepCem’s long-term objectives and commitments are to:

  • be the most carbon-efficient cement producer in southern Africa. The cement plant is designed to limit CO2 emissions to at least 15% lower than the industry standard;
  • mitigate any negative environmental impact caused by SepCem’s operations. Through sustained stakeholder engagement, SepCem will identify and develop projects and initiatives that have a reciprocal benefit for the environment and communities; and
  • embrace new technology and develop innovations continuously which will reduce SepCem’s environmental footprint and set an example for other industry players. By incorporating modern advances such as vertical roller mills for raw mix, coal and cement grinding; implementing variable frequency drives maximising the extension of some of its products and its electrical energy consumption for a tonne of cement will be up to 20% lower than the industry norm.

MÉTIER

Métier believes that good stewardship avoids, minimises and mitigates the negative environmental impact of its operations. Dust filters installed in silos are monitored regularly, while water and slimes are recycled at all operations. All environmental concerns raised by stakeholders are addressed appropriately and promptly by the senior management. A comprehensive business environmental study was undertaken by SRK Consulting to assess Métier’s compliance with standard environmental requirements in South Africa. An environmental management plan was developed for each operation based on the findings of the study. The first environmental management plan was piloted at the Cato Ridge operation in 2012 and, with the assistance of an environmental consultant, has been rolled out at the other operations.

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Bodibeng Trading Proprietary Limited

Founded by Mr Gaopalelwe Olebogeng from the Verdwaal Village in the North West province who is the sole managing member of Bodibeng Trading Proprietary Limited. Mr Gaopalelwe has previous experience in plant cleaning that he acquired during his tenure as a plant cleaner at another cement company in Lichtenburg. Bodibeng Trading Proprietary Limited employs 36 employees from the local community and currently has a short-term contract with SepCem which includes mentorship to ensure that it effectively provides the plant cleaning services at Aganang.

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Mancamane Trading Enterprise

Mancamane is a black female-owned enterprise that started operating in 2010 as a plant cleaning, construction and mining supply company. Ms Daisy Maseko, a renowned entrepreneur, founded the enterprise in the Delmas area, Mpumalanga province and currently employs 28 permanent staff. SepCem adopted Mancamane into the enterprise development programme in 2014. The company is currently supplying plant cleaning services to the Delmas grinding plant and has demonstrated the ability to grow sustainably.

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MM&JK Cleaning Projects Proprietary Limited

In 2014, SepCem contracted the cleaning services of MM&JK Cleaning Projects, an enterprise established in 2013 by Mr Sipho Mazibuko from a village called Springbokpan in the North West province. SepCem identified MM&JK Cleaning Projects as a well-managed enterprise that is appropriately suited to benefit from the programme. In the case of MM&JK, SepCem has partnered with another major industrial organisation to mentor Sipho.

The partner’s role is to assist MM&JK Cleaning Projects with inproving its cleaning skills through training, providing cleaning equipment and required detergents. SepCem’s role is to develop Sipho’s business management skills including cost management, record keeping and negotiation. SepCem is assisting MM&JK to develop a marketing strategy to increase its customer base to reduce the single-customer dependency risk and ensure that the company is sustainable. MM&JK Cleaning Projects currently has a three-year contract with SepCem for general cleaning at Aganang and employs 14 permanent staff.

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Millicent’s Enterprise

Millicent’s Enterprise is 100% black female-owned and was founded by Ms Millicent Mahlabe, an entrepreneur from Delmas in the Mpumalanga province. The company was selected for the programme because it has historically demonstrated the ability to supply large contracts but lacks administration skills. Millicent’s has a good reputation and positive track record of being able to cater for large provincial government events.

SepCem secured Millicent’s catering services in 2013 for its canteen at the Delmas plant that provides meals to 150 employees. Millicent’s currently has seven permanent employees and several contract employees who are sourced as and when required.

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