Suppliers Meeting in Delmas

Suppliers Meeting in Delmas

A generous amount of the Delmas community met up with the appropriate Mbuyelo members to discuss ways of placing their businesses on the Mbuyelo Supplier’s database, mostly for the mining operations that Mbuyelo operates on the Delmas area. The mines in question are the Manungu and Rirhandzu Colliery.

The meeting was held in a cosy conference room at the Delmas Country Lodge. After a short welcome from Community Development Manager, Hunadi Sebaka, the Mbuyelo Procurement Team Representative, Shane Moetlo proceeded to brief the audience on the minimum that would be a prerequisite for potential suppliers at any of the Mbuyelo mines. Thereafter, the floor was opened up for questions. Concerns ranged from the straight-forward “How does one get their company on the Mbuyelo Supplier’s Database?” to the more complex issues of “How do SMME’s tackle competing with the larger and more developed companies?” The meeting was structured as a brainstorming session between the two parties, and it was based around how the community of Delmas could also gain value from the mine, while the mine itself makes its contribution to the economy of the country.

Attendees included suppliers offering laundry services, cleaning and food supply, diesel suppliers, yellow plant owners, engineering services, construction services, etc. “The company will without a doubt consider the Delmas community first when looking at the Suppliers Database…” highlighted Moetlo, visibly putting minds at ease. “Please make sure you have your basic requirements in place.

These will already give you a better standing and are relatively inexpensive even for an SMME to secure…” he added. Manungu Colliery’s life of mine is estimated at a healthy 30 years and is intended to be mined opencast. Rirhandzu on the other hand is in operation already and has a life estimated at a satisfactory 8years with 6 939 385 mineable resources in situ.

Manungu Colliery in a CSA with Eskom

Manungu Colliery in a CSA with Eskom

It has been years that Mbuyelo had been working towards an achievement of this magnitude. The signing of a Coal Supply Agreement (CSA) with a nationally recognised conglomerate is nothing short of impressive for the Company, and we pat the backs of all who worked directly and indirectly, to make that dream become a reality.

Mbuyelo has been in talks with Eskom negotiating a CSA between the two houses. It has not been an easy task either and as arduous it was, we believe all had been well worth the proverbial “blood, sweat and tears”. Eskom is one of the top 20 utilities in the world by generation capacity. It generates 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and 45% of the electricity of the whole African continent, and is is wholly owned by the South African Government.

The CSA comprises of two phases which in phase one, Mbuyelo is to supply Kendal Power Station with coal for 3years and the second (-the next 4 to 15 years) the company is to supply Kusile Power Station, with Eskom-quality coal. This would be coal coming from the Company’s Manungu Colliery, located in Delmas, Mpumalanga Province – South Africa. Manungu Colliery includes the farms Weilaagte 271IR and Welgevonden 272IR. “These news immediately evokes a feeling of sheer fulfilment as I see the Company reach such a remarkable milestone. It seems patriotism does indeed exist and not only within Mbuyelo but the nation at large. We strive to provide only our best as we remember not only the contribution we are to make to Eskom, but to South Africa as a whole…” reflected Mbuyelo Coal Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rirhandzu Owner Siweya.

Manungu Colliery is an opencast production with an estimated resource of 410 million tonnes. The CSA puts many parts of the vehicle in motion as it involves and affects many individuals some of which are f the Delmas community who will benefit from having Manungu in their respective areas.

Manungu Colliery

Manungu Colliery

The community closest to the mine, that is, the people of Swartklip, have been working intimately with Manungu Colliery on the upliftment of its social ills.

The Maths & Science Camp is one of the first projects Mbuyelo has been a part of as a means to assist the community in its development. Just like in the Swartklip community mentioned above, Manungu constructed a creche dining hall whilst repairing toilets and doors of the said creche of the Thema community. Also done for the Thema community was the painting of the creche play area, and the donation of blankets to an estimated eighty (80) children.

For the community of Botleng, we took on projects such as the donation of computers and a printer; and alongside that, the installation of burglar bars to protect this well-meant investment. We went further with the construction of a school hall; but our biggest highlight, is the clinic upgrade project. This clinic will touch many lives as it improves healthcare services in the area, thus giving them the gift of a longer and more fulfilling lifespan. Contributions to the community that are sustainable are our ideal objective, so projects such as the purchase of a mobile kitchen unit and freezers, and the purchase of an embroidery machine are just as meaningful as a direct donation of scientific calculators- as we did for the students of Phaphamani Secondary School.

Mavhungwani continues to grow

Mavhungwani continues to grow

Mavungwani Colliery has a resource of about 38 000 000 million tonnes which covers an area of 22 000 hectares. The Mining Right over the Western part of the Colliery expires in May 2022 and is in the process of being extended.

The Mining Right over the East of the colliery expires in August 2044. Mavungwani Colliery (“Mavungwani”) has been working on a BOOT (a term in the mining industry referring to the building, operating and finally, transferring) on a wash-plant with a well-known Fraser Alexander, who have been providing customised solutions to the mining industry since 1912.

Currently Fraser Alexander own and operate the highest number of coal wash plants of any independent contracting company in South Africa. “Mavungwani is proud to announce that as of the 16th of December, the Processing plant which was previously constructed and operated by Fraser Alexander on a BOOT basis, will be transferred to Mavungwani Colliery” exclaimed Hentie Hoffman, Mbuyelo Coal Chief Operating Officer (COO). The capacity of the plant is 400 tons per hour, 250 000 tonnes per month. It is a single stage multi product plant which produces Eskom grade Coal, Export A and B grade Coal, and inland A and B grade Coal. This is absolutely great news for Mbuyelo Coal.

In other news at Mavhungwani, Mbuyelo Mining Contractors (“MMC”) has been brought in as a contractor to take over some of the pits in Mavhungwani. This is purely to de-risk the project from one contractor because of the magnitude of the mine. MMC now work in conjunction with a very well-known and trusted contractor, ALS Group, to allow for maximum production of the operation. Each contractor can now concentrate on their respective pits. “MMC was brought in to take over only certain pits which helps …” commented Hentie Hoffman, Mbuyelo Coal Chief Operating Officer (COO).

On the 1st of February 2020 Mavungwani Colliery contracted with Mbuyelo Mining Contractors (MMC) to conduct opencast truck and shovel operations at the Eastern part of the Colliery. MMC has experience of opencast mining going back since 2011. MMC is 100% owned by the Mbuyelo Group and has the capacity to mine 810 000 cubic metres per month. MMC employs 250 employees at Mavungwani Colliery. The equipment deployed by MMC consists of 27 X ADT’s, 3 X RDT’s, 7 X Excavators, 3 X production Dozers of which 2 are D9’s and 1 D10. There are 2 X D8 Dozers, 2 X Graders, a service truck, a Diesel Bowser, a Water Bowser and 2 X Front end Loaders.”

Ntshovelo Colliery keeps on giving

Ntshovelo Colliery keeps on giving

Ntshovelo Colliery (“Ntshovelo”) has always been about giving, but what stands out the most is the care it takes in looking out for its neighbouring community of Arbor.

2020 was not an easy year for anyone, with so many people being infected and affected by the corona virus (“COVID-19”) pandemic; the impoverished took a knock the most. This is when Ntshovelo (a Mbuyelo Coal mine), came dashing in to the community of Arbor, in an effort to alleviate the challenges imposed by the pandemic.

Ntshovelo collaborated with the Department of Health that was stationed at Arbor for 3days, aiding with information dissemination, education about the virus and passing on awareness materials. They did not stop there, Ntshovelo donated cloth masks to the community, then they prepared generous food parcels enough to feed 50 families in Ward 09/Arbor. Following that, they donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 related equipment to Arbor Primary School.

Just when we thought they had called it a day, Ntshovelo embarked on training 10 community members for driver’s licenses – five for code 10, and five for code 14 respectively.

It has been said, that “generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return” (-Anonymous). Ntshovelo’s habit of giving never tires because it is not driven by praises.

Mavungwani lends a helping hand through a difficult 2020

Mavungwani lends a helping hand through a difficult 2020

Mavungwani Colliery, under Mbuyelo Coal (Pty) Ltd (“Mbuyelo”), was equally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as were all businesses, yet it found a way to reach out and touch a many hearts.

One of the mine’s main objective is to improve the quality of learning environment through ongoing donations. One such example is the donation of the fourth mobile classroom in Goebram Primary School. The project cost a generous two hundred and twenty-three thousand rands (R223 000), all in an effort to tackle the situation with the over crowdedness that occurred when Welgemeend Primary closed down in 2019. Previously, Mavungwani had donated three mobile classrooms to Goebram Primary. Today, all four classrooms are electrified and air conditioners installed. One hundred and fifty thousand rands(R150 000) later, the children are be able to do their level best, being in a conducive environment.

Under Social Development is the Community Care Centre which was put together for the community of Carolina. This was not part of the Local Economic Development (“LED”) commitments, but a request from the community which the mine felt strongly about. The update on this Centre, is that the connection of Municipal Services has been completed. This includes sewer, water and electricity. The centre is officially ready to be occupied. The Community Centre- structure and the Municipal Services alone, has come to a robust R1.2 million so far and worth every cent! That’s not all, the mine plans on furnishing the Centre because the police station plans on using it as a victim friendly centre.

The social outreach project that Mavungwani was involved in this year was the donation of COVID-19 dust masks and gloves to front-liners in the community surrounding the mine.

Mavungwani has been an active participant of society in curbing the issues surrounding Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide in and around its surrounding communities. In an event held at Matla Coal on the 20th of November 2020, the Colliery was acknowledged for being one of the first mines complying with all the criteria with regards to the submitted action plan, budget and management commitment towards eliminating GBVF in the mining industry.

These handsome amounts mentioned above went towards community projects- all of these before Mbuyelo begins with its LED commitments. This is a true reflection of the mine’s caring spirit towards the people of Goebram and other areas surrounding the operation.

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