Safety and people first


RBPlat, as a community mining organisation is extremely focused on our people, on their safety and wellbeing.

We have a workforce of 8 372 people (2017) and 93% of these people are from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is our duty and our desire to ensure that every one of these employees - our human resources - are supported by the policies, procedures and humanity that makes RBPlat a great and safe place to work.


The construction of our employee home ownership scheme in the secure Waterkloof Hills estate, close to Rustenburg's Waterkloof Mall, met both our commitments in terms of the Mining Charter and our wage agreement. Most importantly, it allowed us to offer our enrolled employees the opportunity to own a substantial asset, which is expected to appreciate over time, and created a lasting legacy of sustainable benefits for our employees.

In addition to the 422 houses already built as part of phase I, a further 736 phase II houses will be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017 which will bring the total employee houses to 1 158 by end of 2017. The employee housing project is part of the shared 2030 vision with NUM of ensuring that every RBPlat employee is provided a decent and affordable house. For more information on our employee housing project please visit


Our health and safety management systems and structures are designed to help us achieve our aspirational goal of zero harm in our operations.

Our safety strategy

RBPlat's safety strategy is based on the principle of achieving zero harm by developing a resilient safety culture.

The key aspects of the management safety in our operations include:

  • A safety strategy model
  • codes of practice, standards and procedures
  • risk assessments
  • ongoing research into what causes unsafe behaviour
  • Ongoing safety coaching, training and development.

Accountability for safety

Our governances structure clearly indicates that ultimate responsibility for safety rests with our Board and its subcommittees and every enrolled employee and contractor working at our operations. Operational accountability lies with the Executive Head: Operations and the Head of Operations for the BRPM Joint Venture.

Risk assessments form the basis for the development and implementation of our operational safety codes of practice, standards and procedures, which are incorporated into our training manuals and are the direct responsibility of our senior management.


RBPlat applies simple, consistent and non-negotiable health and safety standards across our organisation to prevent occupation-related illnesses. We comply with the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act in terms of medical surveillance, injury and occupational disease reporting.

Platmed are our health and wellness service providers for occupation-related medical surveillance and emergency care and Platinum Health for wellness and non-work related medical conditions for both our employees and volume contract workers, most of whom are also members of Platinum Health Medical Aid. Platinum Health provides our workplace wellness programme, which includes disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment management, rehabilitation and TB and HIV/Aids management. RBPlat’s efforts to reduce and prevent HIV/Aids and TB include meeting the December 2024 milestones set by the mining industry.

See our integrated report for more information


Over 50% of our Board is made up of historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) and over 55% of our senior management are HDSAs, while approximately 93% of our workforce is HDSA.

Our employment policies ensure that we provide a workplace based on:

  • mutual respect
  • fairness
  • integrity
  • non-discrimination
  • equal opportunity at all levels
  • open and two-way engagement with our employees and their families.

It is also our policy to consult extensively with all parties including management, employees and the trade union.

Women in mining

We champion gender equality and empowerment for women and the reduction of inequalities by:

  • actively recruiting and developing women to work in mining through our focused development programme for women
  • working to eliminate inequalities and ensure our workforce is suitably rewarded.

See our integrated report for more information


We believe in making an appropriate investment in the development of our people. If our business is to be sustainable and we are to achieve our strategic goal of operational excellence we need employees with the appropriate skills and experience.

It is our aim to provide our permanent employees and contractors with opportunities to acquire competencies that will allow them to develop and progress. We also offer our employees well-structured employment contracts that offer fair and competitive remuneration.

We are committed to investing in education programmes through our SLP programme which benefit the community, and in our community skills development programme.

See our integrated report for more information