Lonmin’s 4B/1B shaft has been named the safest mine in South Africa for the second year running.Mine manager Rodney Opperman received the prestigious JT Ryan Award on behalf of his team at the 2013 MineSAFE conference held recently at Emperors Palace. The MineSAFE conference is an annual event aimed at encouraging all mining stakeholders to work together to deliver on their mandate of zero harm and in the process bring about meaningful change in the industry.Several other Lonmin teams were also recognised for improvements in their total injury frequency rate, as measured against their peers in the platinum mining sector. The E1 Shaft team led by William Kgasi was awarded second place in the platinum sector, followed by Hossy Shaft (Charl Viljoen) in third place. Lonmin’s Opencast team came fourth in the opencast section while the teams at E2 & E3 Shaft and Rowland Shaft were placed 6th and 7th respectively.
“This award is another step in Lonmin’s journey toward Zero Harm. We have achieved this by working together with all our stakeholders, and by implementing a host of forward-thinking policies aimed at improving our safety behaviours”, said Lonmin EVP: Mining and Safety, Mark Munroe.The measurements were conducted for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.