Corporate Social Responsibility

Good corporate citizenship is integral to the way Ncondezi operates. Environment, social, health and safety responsibilities are a priority for Ncondezi in all aspects of its business.

Ncondezi’s corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) policy has been designed to promote social development projects that facilitate sustainable development and focus on community involvement. Ncondezi adheres to the Equator Principles, the IFC performance standards and to Mozambican legislative requirements.

Social Development Plan

A three year Social Development Plan (“SDP”) was implemented as a public–private partnership with the Company, the Government and the local communities actively participating in 2012. The SDP benefitted the local communities at the Ncondezi Project, the Moatize District and selected other communities in Tete and Mozambique. A total budget of US$2 million was allocated.

The objectives of the SDP included:

  • Contributing to sustainable development in Mozambique
  • Partnering with the Mozambican Government in development efforts
  • Creating opportunities to share Ncondezi’s success with local communities

The SDP was made up of a number of social initiatives and was the result of extensive stakeholder consultation.

The Government has described Ncondezi's SDP as an “...unparalleled model of public-private partnership that fulfils the aspirations of the government and of the people of Mozambique which should be emulated by other companies...”Manuel Guimarães, District Administrator of Moatize, 1 November 2012

As part of the program the Company completed the following:

  • The drilling of 14 boreholes in several villages within the Tete province
  • Four students completed their Master’s degree in Mining Engineering at Coimbra University benefiting from a full bursary from Ncondezi
  • A 4x4 ambulance was purchased to assist villagers in more remote areas
  • Ncondezi built a new primary school at Waenera village
  • Upgrading of the Mameme clinic and the construction of a new maternity wing
  • An Agricultural Project based on conservation farming. This included the villages of Catabua and Canjedza as an initial model. The objective being a platform to educate the local communities in all aspects of crop husbandry using their own resources

Environmental Social Impact Assessments

Ncondezi has completed an Environmental Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") on both the mine and the power plant, which were compiled to meet both Mozambique legislation and international best practice requirements.

The Mine ESIA was conducted by ERM and Impacto and Parsons Brinkerhoff and Impacto conducted the Power Plant ESIA. Approval of both ESIAs from the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Action ("MICOA") was received during H2 2013.

A Transmission ESIA has also been completed.

Resettlement Action Plan for Ncondezi Mine

As part of the mine ESIA, an extensive resettlement assessment was undertaken that included the following:

  • Specialist studies as part of the ESIA
  • Three workshops held in Mozambique and South Africa
  • An internal resettlement planning project

The outcomes of the assessment were:

  • A comprehensive Resettlement Policy Framework
  • A preliminary resettlement plan with full costings to resettle potentially affected families from two communities