We are committed to working locally to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the community in which we operate. We will achieve this by reducing environmental degradation, maintaining an environment which is not harmful to humans, animals and plants and by minimising environmental impacts including the rehabilitation of disturbed areas during operations.
ZAC is dedicated to the conservation of natural resources thus contributing to an improved environment, one which is not harmful to any living species in and around its operations. In addition, ZAC complies with all applicable environmental legislation and has developed policies and programmes which address environmental impact.
As required by the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act [MPRDA], ZAC has Environmental Management Programmes (EMPs) in place. The company also employs environmental scientists and officers to enforce compliance with environmental legislation.
Additionally, independent consultants are appointed to advise the company on waste management, dust suppressions, environmental management and pollution as a whole.
ZAC has been helping neighbouring communities survive the drought in the region of KwaZulu-Natal. Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), supplied, and continues to supply, them with more than 42-million litres of clean, potable water a year from its water purification plant. The mine is, thus, providing locals and their cattle with much-needed drinking water.
ZAC has, over several years, built a series of pipes, boreholes and taps to supply the communities with water, with the furthest tap being located about 17 km from the plant. The mine uses about 16-million litres of water a month, but is making “great efforts” through its water stewardship to reuse water within its operations using a closed circuit waterreticulation system, while carefully monitoring the amount of water it extracts from surrounding freshwater sources such as the Umfolozi river. The company is also pumping water from its shafts for reuse in ZAC’s mining and processing operations.