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.
The first 422 80m2 homes in our home ownership scheme were completed in late 2014. We are currently busy with the second phase of the scheme (734 houses) which will increase the number of homes in the estate to 1 156. The homes we built in 2017 included additional 80m2 homes and larger 140m2 homes. As at 31 December 2017, 358 houses in Phase II had been purchased. 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 http://waterkloofhillsestate.co.za/
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.
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