Orion is a catalyst for socio-economic development
Orion Minerals considers its relationships with local communities to be equally as important as the technical and commercial needs of the organisation. To this end, Orion Minerals’ Directors and management constantly canvas the views of the local communities in which they operate, with open public meetings held to inform the community of the Company’s progress and intended work plans. Community consultation is vital to the success of our business. We aim to develop and maintain positive relations with all stakeholders in every aspect of our business operations. We are delighted to have received such an enthusiastic local response to our operations and will continue to seek community involvement as our projects progress.
Community Leadership & Stakeholder Engagement Forum Training
Through two courses facilitated by Orion Minerals, the Siyathemba community continues to demonstrate its eagerness for self-improvement and strong leadership through participation in the “Emerging Leaders – Leadership for Life” course and the “Community Development and Business Ethics” training.
Orion Minerals update on Community training [PDF 121KB]
Orion Minerals update on COVID-19 measures
While Orion Minerals has streamlined its operations to safeguard its employees, communities and business from the impact of COVID-19, it continues to work with local government, as well as other private companies and organisations in Siyathemba to ensure a collaborative COVID-19 response.
Orion Minerals update on COVID-19 measures [PDF 121KB]
Outcomes of the Bankable Feasibility Study
Orion Minerals last year presented and will this year further discuss its shared value model with the community through its Stakeholder Engagement Forum. In a community update, the group provides an overview of the Prieska Copper-Zinc Projects, a summary of the Bankable Feasibility Study – particularly as it applies to the community – and details its Social and Labour Plans.
Community update presentation [PDF 4MB]
Stakeholder Engagement Forum
The Orion Minerals Stakeholder Engagement Forum (SEF) serves as a platform for representative community interest groups to keep appraised of developments at the Prieska Project. Nominated community representatives, representing all five administrative wards making up the Siyathemba Municipality, have been allocated half of the seats on the SEF – the other seats are made up of representatives of local government, BEE shareholders and employees.
Stakeholder Engagement Forum representatives
SEF Community Representatives – Social Development
Having worked in open cast platinum and iron ore operations for almost a decade, Solly Bibi understands mining and he understands the potential mining can have on communities.Read more
SEF Community Representatives – Unemployed
The high school dropout rate in the Siyathemba Local Municipal area is concerning for Emily Seekooi, the Orion Minerals SEF representative for unemployment.Read more
SEF Community Representatives – Safety and Security
Serving the community and playing an active and progressive role in addressing the challenges that exist in society is at the heart of George Plaatjies motivation to serve on the Orion Minerals Stakeholder Engagement Forum.Read more
SEF Community Representatives – Unemployed
Passionate about his community, August Mouers, believes that the Orion Minerals Stakeholder Engagement Forum (SEF) will be a vehicle for him to not only serve his community, but also share their ideas.Read more
SEF Representative – Social Development
A safe and healthy community is Cecil Skeffer’s hope for the future. As a community representative for social development, Cecil believes the community should jointly decide on social projects undertaken by companies.Read more
SEF Representative – Business
Wilson Bosman believes the development of projects and businesses in the Northern Cape will go a long way towards shifting the reliance regional communities have on state employment and social grants.Read more
SEF Representative – Sports and Recreation
“I strongly believe that a community involved in sport is a community with a very low crime rate and lower rates of drugs and alcohol abuse because sports bring communities together.”Read more
SEF Representative – Religious Groups
Community representative for religious groups, 54-year old Giel McDonald was born in Prieska and lived in Kliphuis until his parents were forced to move in the 70s. After high school he went to what was then called the Transvaal to work as a boilermaker.Read more
SEF Representative – Skilled Elders
Ward committee member in Niekerkshoop for 13 years, Mary-Ann Sia is passionate about educating young and old alike. She teaches school children computer skills at the library where she works, is a Sunday school teacher and works with the elders within her religious community.Read more
Siyathemba community meeting, Prieska Town Hall
Memorandum of understanding (MoU)
Signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Orion and Siyathemba Municipality, Prieska, October 2017
Social and Labour Plans
The objectives of Orion’s Social and Labour Plans (SLP) are to:
- Promote economic growth and mineral resources development in the Republic of South Africa;
- Promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of all South Africans;
- Ensure that as a holder of mining rights, Orion contributes towards the socioeconomic development of the areas in which we are operating, as well as the areas from which the majority of the workforce is sourced; and
- Utilise and expand the existing skills base for the empowerment of historically disadvantaged South Africans and to serve the community.
Orion’s SLP documents, set out the commitments Orion makes to its employees and impacted communities and how and when these objectives will be achieved. Note that the SLPs are subject to amendment and development from time to time with Ministerial consent.
Please complete the form to access our SLPs.