Afrimat Limited is a leading black empowered open pit mining company providing an integrated product offering ranging from aggregates, industrial minerals, commodities (iron ore), concrete products (bricks and pavers) to readymix concrete.
Afrimat has established a strong foothold in contracting services comprising mobile crushing, screening, drilling and blasting. Backed by more than 45 years’ experience, Afrimat listed on the JSE Limited in 2006.
As part of its continued diversiﬁcation strategy, the group is expanding its footprint into Africa. The group’s capabilities enable Afrimat to service
projects of any scale from major infrastructure and construction projects for state-owned enterprises and parastatals through to small private sector contracts.
With Afrimat committed to continually upgrading and improving its EMPs, it has today become wellrenowned and respected in the industry in this regard. Further, third-party audits by ASPASA, SARMA and external consultants support our environmental conservation and protection efforts and provide added opportunity for reﬁ nement of its EMPs.
Environmental progress reports are submitted annually to the Department of Mineral Resources in terms of mining rights requirements. In addition, mine rehabilitation assessments are conducted by external consultants and provisions are raised to meet these future obligations.
The group manages its environmental footprint through formal Environmental Management Programmes (“EMPs”) in line with local and international regulations and best practice. The EMPs focus on responsible mining, reducing emissions through upgrades to diesel-driven equipment, decreasing noise pollution, recycling products where viable and maintaining all plants at optimum working levels and efﬁciency. Active programmes to reduce the group’s carbon footprint have also recently been introduced.
Sustainability at Afrimat
“Sustainability at Afrimat, open cast mining operations essentially consist of stripping of the overburden to get access to the ore body or mineral required, followed by the drilling, blasting, loading and hauling and processing of the mineral. Selling and despatching of the ﬁnal processed product is the ﬁnal step.
This can have a negative impact to the biodiversity of the area. If operated well, the negative impact can be minimised. The positive impact is job creation and increase in economic activity, community skills development and local infrastructure development.
Complying with legislation automatically helps us to be more sustainable. For example, better management and recycling of water and reducing energy consumption helps us to reduce the cost of doing business. Good mine planning that includes complying with legislation assists us to be more sustainable.
Water consumption and carbon footprint continue to be aspects we need to monitor closely and reduce. Our relations with the communities we operate in and plans for mine closures are also important,” Collin Ramukhubathi, Executive Head: HR & Sustainability.