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ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN MINISTRY OF MINES & PETROLEUM SDNRP AYNAK COPPER MINE COMPLIANCE MONITORING PROJECT SOUTH AFRICAN MINING TOUR APRIL – MAY.

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1 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN MINISTRY OF MINES & PETROLEUM SDNRP AYNAK COPPER MINE COMPLIANCE MONITORING PROJECT SOUTH AFRICAN MINING TOUR APRIL – MAY 2014 MINISTRY OF MINES & PETROLEUM (MOMP) & NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (NEPA) TOUR ARRANGED BY :

2 to provide exposure to world-class mining operations and improved understanding of mining activities, techniques, equipment and practice; to complement technical training given during the course of the GAF project; to create improved understanding of the health, safety and environmental and social risks and impacts of mining and how they are managed; Objectives of the Tour

3 to create increased awareness of the broad issues involved in the development of large-scale mines, required level of investment and the time frame for construction & commissioning; to provide exposure to how governments facilitate & regulate major mining projects; & what are reasonable mutual expectations of governments & mining investors; to create enhanced awareness of social obligations of mining companies & how companies meet these responsibilities, including training, development & employment of local skills Objectives of the Tour (continued)

4 The Group was privileged to be accompanied for part of the tour by His Excellency, the Minister of Mines & Petroleum, Mr. M. Akbar Barakzai

5 Summary of Tour Group Composition

6 Tour Organisation The tour was funded by a donation from the World Bank The tour was organised by under the SDNRP Aynak Compliance Monitoring Project The tour was by kind invitation of SIBANYE GOLD The organisers sincerely thank the host mines & companies and the South African Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of Environmental Affairs for their assistance & kind hospitality

7 Summary of Organisations Visited

8 The slides which follow highlight items of interest and learning points at each of the organisations visited Armed security underground: illegal gold mining is a major concern in South Africa Technical Health & Safety Economic Social

9 Sibanye Gold: Kloof Operations Deep level gold mining on western Witwatersrand Challenges: heat, rock pressure (seismicity, strata control), transport of men, materials & rock to & from surface, sinking & equipping ultra-deep shafts Hands-on exposure: operating a rockdrill more than 3km underground

10 Sibanye Gold (continued) Reduction plant, processing ore, gold pour Tailings disposal

11 Sibanye Gold (continued) Mining training Corporate social responsibility Engineering training

12 Mines Rescue Centre (MRC) MRC provides co-ordination & training for nation-wide rescue capacity in all situations & conditions All brigadesmen are volunteers working part-time in mine rescue

13 Mines Rescue Centre (continued) Teams are equipped & trained to work in toxic atmospheres & to fight underground fires Equipment to drill & effect rescue of trapped persons through deep boreholes

14 Bushveld Igneous Complex (BIC) The group travelled extensively through the BIC & saw platinum & chromite mines, concentrators & smelters No visit to a platinum mine was possible due to continuing industrial action in that sector

15 Thabazimbi Iron Ore Mine Iron ore: large scale open-pit mining, relevant to Aynak & Hajigak Major investment, large equipment

16 Thabazimbi (continued ) Superior health & safety and corporate social responsibility programmes Technical services: geology, planning, computerised mine modelling The party enjoyed an overview of internationally recognised mineral resource reporting systems

17 Palabora Copper Mine 30kt/day mined & treated, identical to Aynak planned scale of operations Underground block cave, as planned for Aynak Phase 2 U/G Sophisticated, modern, highly mechanised

18 Palabora Copper Mine (continued) Processing: concentrator, smelter, refinery, rod plant Concentrator: ore at 0.6% Cu is treated by crushing, milling & flotation Concentrates: 25% CuFlotation Autogenous mill

19 Palabora Copper Mine (continued) Smelter produces COPPER 45% Cu, BLISTER COPPER at 98.5% Cu and finally ANODE 99.5% Cu Refinery: electro-refining to produce CATHODE 99.98% Cu

20 Palabora Copper Mine (continued) The rod plant rolls cathode Cu into rods suitable for drawing out into wire for local sale & eventual “recycling”

21 Barberton Gold Mines: Fairview Mine Medium-scale underground mines; complex orebodies, high grade Travelling underground is fun: 1,600m of 37 O inclines Completely different geology & methods from the Witwatersrand Orebodies are of hydrothermal (igneous) origin

22 Fairview Mine (continued) Digital mine model supplied by Barberton Gold Mines Complex orebodies exploited by flexible & innovative mining methods Systematic, professional management of health & safety, planning & production

23 Fairview Mine (continued) Mining method : mechanised cut & fill The party saw the practical application of diverse, ingenious mining methods

24 Fairview Mine (continued) These pictures kindly supplied by mine management

25 Fairview Mine (continued) Modern, cutting edge processing technology Crushing, milling & flotation Bioleaching : proprietary technology developed at the mine

26 SASOL Syferfontein Colliery Plan supplied by mine management Very large scale, highly mechanised, modern U/G mine Extremely advanced, highly effective health & safety management systems One of five mines supplying SASOL’s Secunda plant Riversdale Tweedraai Weltevreden

27 SASOL Syferfontein Colliery (continued) Colliery U/G plan supplied by the mine Production 10 million tonnes per annum Regular seam, 4.9m wide, 100 – 110m below surface Systematic roofbolt support 35% seam extraction

28 SASOL Syferfontein Colliery (continued) Photographs were not possible due to fiery mine controls: this picture from unknown Internet source The party watched a machine like this cut & load 20t in 45 seconds Safety technology: machines remote operated, equipped with automatic cut-off if persons approach too close

29 Department of Mineral Resources: DMR The DMR reports that the injury frequency rate throughout the mining industry has improved dramatically through effective enforcement of regulations

30 Without exception, the mines all operate intensive health & safety management systems & initiatives Department of Mineral Resources (continued)

31 Department of Environmental Affairs: DEA The DEA is responsible for enforcing compliance with environmental legislation, nation-wide It protects the environment & natural resources: everything from this to this...

32 IRCA GLOBAL “When you’re serious about managing risk” A leading risk management solutions provider, in the areas of safety, health, environment & quality Management information & control systems; training Pictures supplied by IRCA Global

33 TOUR LOGISTICS Planning, securing South African visas & booking flights, accommodation & technical visits took many weeks of effort by personnel in Kabul, Munich & South Africa

34 REST & RECREATION The party visited a number of wildlife conservancies and other tourist attractions of ecological & cultural interest Places of interest included the famous Kruger National Park

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