Exxaro Resources has worked hard to change the face of mining in South Africa by bringing in new technologies and empowering communities near them.


Mpumalanga, South Africa – Mining in South Africa creates many jobs and influences the surrounding communities in several ways. Exxaro has created a new standard in the industry, striving to boost the industry as a whole as well as local communities and the environment.

Exxaro is a black-empowered South African coal mining company. The global community is facing significant challenges with energy, water, and food security as the population grows. Exxaro has considered all of these factors and is considering ways to address them in South Africa.

Their goal is to create a viable future and to do so; they are implementing sustainable solutions. These solutions are transforming the communities in which they operate. They also put a big focus on keeping their employees safe.

‘They speak of their Safety Culture as an actual living entity and not just something that resides on paper.’

Through collaboration with the surrounding communities, Exxaro launched the Resettlement Action Plan Project. Two farming communities needed to be moved to make way for their mining operations, through the Resettlement Action Plan Project, the villages were reestablished in new locations, and every community member benefited from the relocation. Along with setting up water, sanitation, and electricity, ownership of their properties was handed over to them directly. The ownership of these properties is managed by their Community Property Association, and the quality of their lives has improved accordingly.

CredIt: Regency Global / SA INC

Through the use of innovative technology, Exxaro has become the first mine in South Africa to implement a digital twin.

‘They launched the Belfast Implementation Project, a greenfield coal mining project where there is not only the mining of coal but also mining of data and information. In contrast to a traditional mining environment, with its concomitant restraints around turnaround time and longer decision-making processes, this project is enabling Exxaro’s whole mining chain to be interconnected.’

This digital twin mine is utilised in the development of the entire mine and its scope. With this technology, the mine is empowered to predict potential challenges and opportunities thus allowing them to move from reactive to predictive.

Not only is Exxaro changing the face of mining through the use of technology, but they also profoundly value the environment surrounding the mine. The mine is situated in the highly sensitive Komati River catchment area in Mpumalanga and is surrounded by several wetlands.

To minimise the environmental impact on the area, they had to reconsider their original design, which has resulted in a staggering 98% reduction in their footprint.

Exxaro CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, states that Exxaro’s primary focus is about how they can address the critical challenges that are facing society in South Africa today.

Their purpose is to power better lives in Africa and beyond– it’s a purpose that’s generational – and in addition to being good corporate citizens, they wish to become the solution.

As part of the #SAINC nation-building initiative, Exxaro is joining a network of purpose-driven brands to share stories of positive progress in South Africa. These stories are being featured across social media in small snippets, just like the one below, but you will also be able to watch the full-length features live on television. You will find the airing times below.

05 May 2019 – eTV Open News – 18:30
06 May 2019 – eTV Open News – 15:30
18 May 2019 – SABC 2 – 14:30
09 June 2019 – eTV – 12:00
18 June 2019 – Business Day TV – 16:00
20 June 2019 – Business Day TV – 12:00

Watch a snippet of the story below:

Good Things Guy has partnered with Regency Global and Official Brand South Africa to bring you stories of how corporates and individuals are helping build our incredible nation.This week we're taking a look at an incredible South African company that has invested in more local content than ever, creating jobs and inspiring future generations to explore film and television careers.It's people and organisations like this that help move us forward!#GoodThings

Posted by Good Things Guy on Thursday, 2 May 2019

Sources: Regency Global 
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