[VIDEO] Anglo American Opens Training Center to Better Environment and Community
By definition, mining companies reap the mineral benefits that the earth has to offer – so it’s always great to see a mining company dedicated to giving some of that good will back. Take Anglo American, for example. The South Africa-based mining company is giving back to the community surrounding its Mogalakwena Mine site, with an environmental training center meant to help the community support itself.
“One of the challenges that we have on Mogalakwena Mine is that a lot of people surrounding the mine live in poverty – because of this poverty, there’s a lot of environmental degradation,” says Frank Pieterse, Team Leader at Mogalakwena Mine, in a video created by the mining company to highlight the endeavor. “We felt that we needed to do something in the communities to ensure that they also help to protect the environment. Hence, we started the Environmental Training Center.”
What started as a biodiversity offset area has, in the past few years, grown into a full facility with training programs for children and adults that teach sustainable farming and how to cultivate fresh produce to eat and sell.
“Frank initiated this training project at Mogalakwena with the sole intent to benefit the community – this is actually a project in the community for the community,” says Hermanus Prinsloo, Senior Environmental Manager at Mogalakwena Mine. “I really think this particular project, the training center project, is a project that starts showing results which is veryimportant.”
Check out the video to learn more about how the training center and how Anglo American is giving back.
Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations
Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.
Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel
The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.
“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.
“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”
Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba
Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.
“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.
“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”
The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history. Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.
“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.