Orion is a catalyst for socio-economic development

We value:

  • Impact
  • Focus
  • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship

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 update


Prieska Copper Zinc Mine has committed to set targets for host community participation in employment, procurement and in subcontracting opportunities.
Media release – Community Participation Framework

Community Newsletters

Edition 4 – June 2022

Edition 4 English  [PDF 3MB]

Edition 4 Afrikaans  [PDF 3MB]

Edition 3 – December 2021

Edition 3 English  [PDF 5MB]

Edition 3 Afrikaans  [PDF 5MB]

Edition 2 – October 2021

Edition 2 English  [PDF 3MB]

Edition 2 Afrikaans  [PDF 3MB]

Edition 1 – July 2021

Edition 1 English  [PDF 305KB]

Edition 1 Afrikaans  [PDF 304KB]

Communication on Task Team establishment from Prieska Mine Bosberaad

The Task Team, formed at the October 2021 Bosberaad for the Prieska Copper-Zinc Mine Project has now agreed on the ground rules on how it will operate.  The Task Team met in March 2022 at the PCZM mine site.

26 April 2022

Community brief – English  [PDF 352KB]

Community brief – Afrikaans  [PDF 360KB]

Community forums get to business

As Orion, we remain committed to creating as many opportunities as we can to engage and work with the communities that host us. Two community sessions were held mid – February 2022, to discuss closer community involvement.

15 February 2022

Community brief – English  [PDF 352KB]

Community brief – Afrikaans  [PDF 360KB]

Communication on Orion’s early production investigation

Orion Minerals has started to look at ways to bring the Prieska Copper-Zinc Project (Prieska Mine Project) into production earlier than planned. An earlier start to building and operating the mine would provide opportunities for potential suppliers of goods and services and accelerate employment, training, and development opportunities for local people.

03 February 2022

Community brief – English  [PDF 1.23MB]

Community brief – Afrikaans  [PDF 1.23MB]

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

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.

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