A commitment to sustainability

Sustainability is defined for the people of Seriti as the achievement of our ambition, which requires the empowerment and creation of growth for all our stakeholders.


Creating a lasting legacy-empowering our host communities

Seriti Coal is in the process of establishing a sustainable legacy within the communities it operates, and the coal mining industry as a whole. 10% of both Seriti Coal and New Largo Coal is owned by broad-based structures, which include employee and community trusts.

During our maiden year, after the successful acquisition of previously owned Anglo-American assets, Seriti Coal made significant strides and continues to provide direct employment to more than 3558 employees, including on site management and 3000 contractors. Seriti Coal is also committed to providing 24mtpa of thermal coal to Eskom produced from Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal Collieries respectively.

Production to date

Colliery Tons
New Vaal 14 801 000
New Denmark 3 617 000
Kriel 4 564 000
TOTAL 22 982 000

Committed to best health practices

The emerging theme derived from the occupational diseases data set reflect that all occupational diseases are on a decline except for occupational tuberculosis. We have made notable strides in rooting out residual historical occupational lung diseases, which mitigates potential long-term liabilities as occupational diseases are a known business risk.

Occupational health management forms the foundation of our health strategy and comprises two disciplines – Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Medicine.

Our approach to managing occupational health is governed through a series of standards, guidelines and assurance processes aimed at preventing harm to our employees by proactively identifying and managing the source of potential health risks and eliminating exposure to hazards. This strategy is underpinned by three guiding principles:

  • All occupational Illnesses are preventable.
  • We learn by monitoring exposure and surveillance of disease incidence in order to prevent further harm and we apply common, simple and non-negotiable standards.
  • Our operations run extensive medical surveillance programmes to monitor the well-being of employees who are potentially exposed to such hazards.

Our intensified case findings for occupational lung disease has diagnosed most of the residual historical cohort of cases pertaining to employees that had been exposed to dust. We are constantly striving to meet, and exceed, the Mineral Council of South Africa Milestone targets.

Almost 92.0% of our employees tested for HIV/Aids in 2018 and those that tested positive were referred for care and offered ARV Treatment. This is in line with Seriti Coal’s commitment to the global ‘90 90 90’ Initiative and the ‘Universal Test and Treat’ strategies of the UNAIDS. We are committed to ensuring that all our employees, including contractors, are offered the opportunity to learn about their HIV/Aids status and as a matter of course are screened for TB annually.

Employees and contractors who test positive for HIV/Aids are subsequently referred to HIV/Aids care through our in-house health facility or via various external health services providers. Seriti Coal maintain good working relations with the local old age homes, orphanages, rehabilitation, schools and health centres that include supporting various health activities ranging from health awareness programmes to health promotion.


Environmental Care

Seriti obtained their ISO 14001:2015 certification which was an upgrade from the ISO 14001:2004 standard. Since obtaining the ISO 14001:2015 certification. The level of involvement from leadership all the way down to the coal face has increased significantly, which is evident when considering the number of incidences being captured and closed out in comparison to the previous years.

For the 2019/2020 first two quarters, Seriti Coal has already captured and closed out ~730 level 1 incidences with no Level 2 or 3 incidences recorded. Environmental Management is now an integral part of mining across all levels of management.

Seriti Coal’s compliance to its environmental permit’s amounts to 99%. The remaining non-compliance is being attributed to the unobtainable license conditions which are currently in the process of being amended.

The company also successfully completed a closure costing exercise in accordance with the new National Environmental Management Act Financial Provision Regulations, which needs to be complied with by February 2020. In addition to these legislative changes, the company also compiled Energy Efficiency Management and Pollution Prevention Plans in line with new legislation.


Creating a lasting legacy - Empowering our host communities

Seriti Coal endeavours to contribute to the South African economy by implementing sustainable corporate social responsibility projects. Community development initiatives across all operations are attributed to six key focus areas comprising; education, portable skills training focusing on youth, support to host municipalities, health and sanitation, poverty eradication, and enterprise and supplier development. A total of R45 million has been spent on these key initiatives to date.

As part of creating meaningful and sustainable community development projects, Seriti Coal continues to pursue collaboration with key strategic stakeholders. The company has made significant strides in implementing numerous community development projects aligned to the mines SLP’s. These projects include extension of a clinic, building schools, eco-schools, and mathematics and science projects.

As part of encouraging a philanthropic culture in the company, the CEO in conjunction with employees established an Elderly Project in 2018. This project attracted several employees who volunteered to join the CEO in making a positive difference in our host communities. An amount of R25 000 is raised monthly across the company to support the 220 Elders from Kriel, New Vaal and New Denmark communities. This project was launched during the Mandela Day celebrations at Mmokeng Wa Maqeku walk-in centre based in Zamdela.

Skills Development
At Seriti Coal we strongly believe in creating opportunities for our future leaders, and this is achieved through our value-add talent pipeline skills development programme, which has to date provided 24 x scholarships, 10 x bursaries and 17 x PIT’s. The focus areas for the company’s bursaries are based on Mining, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering (heavy current), Rock Engineering, Survey and Geology fields. To date Seriti Coal has spent R98 million on skills development on skills training.

Community Scholarships
The purpose of the Community Scholarship Scheme is to invest in further education initiatives for individuals within our host communities. The scheme supports top students from the community to obtain a tertiary qualification in any field of study at a reputable institution of education. Seriti currently supports 24 youth on the scholarship programmes.

The company established a bursary scheme that is sponsoring 10 top students with an interest in studying disciplines within the mining industry. This scheme considers students from our host communities, but extend to the general public, employees and their children.

Graduate Programme
Seriti Coal offers a world-class graduate programme to graduates in various mining related disciplines. The Professional in Training (PIT) receives a tailor-made programme with development actions to complete. The graduates are appointed on a fixed term basis to complete the programme and obtain a government ticket where applicable.

Learnership Programme
Seriti Coal offered 76 engineering learnerships that will ensure engineering capacity for the future. It provides opportunities for both internal employees and external applicants. The company also provided 123 business learnerships, of which 31 are black disabled learners. These learners are currently working towards an NQF-registered qualification via on-the-job training and theoretical knowledge.

As part of Seriti’s Coal Youth Development programmes, about 712 community members, of which 397 are youth, continue to benefit from Code 10 driver’s licenses, welding, carpentry, road construction, computer literacy and leadership development initiatives. In addition to the Seriti Coal bursary scheme, 8 learners from previously disadvantaged communities have been supported through a community scholarship program to further their studies at Universities and colleges in any field of their choice.

Enterprise Supplier Development
Seriti Coal has adopted an Enterprise Supplier Development programme intended to promote economic transformation through empowering emerging and established businesses in which Seriti Coal operates. To date, the organization has successfully launched ESD hubs at its three Colliery’s, conducted supplier days and supported the Youth Leadership Academy at New Vaal Colliery.


Social and Labour Plans (SLPs)

Our Social and Labour Plans (SLPs) are compiled to assist in addressing the social and economic impacts that our operations have on surrounding communities as well as those from which migrant labour is drawn.

The aims of our SLPs are:

  • To promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of those who work for us and to uplift all the stakeholders in the communities in which we operate;
  • To contribute to the transformation of our industry; and
  • To ensure that the holders of mining rights contribute to the socio-economic development of the communities in which they operate, including major labour sending areas.

Our SLPs include the following:

  • The Skills Development Plan
  • Career progression and planning
  • Mentorship plans
  • The internship and bursary plan
  • The employment equity plan
  • Plans to meet the Mining Charter requirements

Safety remains our number one priority

From the onset, Safety has been entrenched as one of Seriti’s non-negotiable values.  The proactive management of Safety, Health and Environment risks have been embedded into the company’s ethos and formalized into a comprehensive management system.  Leading indicators applied include Visible Felt Leadership and High Potential Hazard reporting. These indicators continue to be robust and the associated trend analysis informs our preventative efforts.

All three operations have developed Safety Improvement Plans with detailed Life Saving Actions for every quarter. Guidance for the Safety Improvement Plans (SIPs) incorporated the revised Fatalities Elimination Framework and the Six Essentials for Safe Production.  Line Managers within the operations have line of sight to the Safety Improvement Plans.  The deliverables are integrated into key performance indicators and where practical into individual performance contracts.   The primary focus remains on unwanted events, Critical Control Effectiveness, proactive management of high-risk work and learning from incidents.