Zimbabwean scholar
 

Safety and health

At BNC and at Freda Rebecca, Mwana Africa staffs and funds the running of clinics for employees and their families.

Safety

Mwana Africa recognises that exploration and mining have an inherent level of risk; and deeply regret the loss of life of one of our employees at the Trojan Mine this year. Operations at Klipspringer remained on care and maintenance.

At Freda Rebecca Mine the implementation of proactive safety management programs resulted in the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) remaining at 0.91. All our mines and exploration operations routinely achieved extended periods in which no lost time injuries were reported. Freda Rebecca Mine maintains certification for the OHSAS 18001: 1999 standard for occupational health and safety, and the Trojan Mine aims to achieve similar accreditation in the coming year.

Occupational health and hygiene

The principal health issues faced in the regions in which Mwana operate are malaria, HIV/AIDS and waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera. The company provides medicines, education and training for the prevention and treatment of these diseases, as well as associated infections such as tuberculosis. FRGM helped the local municipal council with its refurbishment of the local water supply, upgrading pumping capabilities, as well as 24 hour maintenance assistance. In addition, FRGM embarked on a comprehensive borehole reticulation programme for outlying communities to ensure access to safe water supply; to date, 10 holes with manual pumps have been completed.

Both mines also staff and fund the running of occupational health as well as primary health care clinics for employees and their families. Both the Trojan Mine clinic (part of BNC) and the Freda Rebecca clinic have been certified by the government as Opportunistic Infections Clinics. Freda Rebecca continued with its Employee Assistance Programme to its employees and dependents, which focused on counselling for work and lifestyle problems. Mwana’s mine operations have all implemented community-wide HIV/AIDS management strategies linked to the concept of overall Wellness. This includes awareness and education campaigns, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), and health care training. Freda Rebecca was certified as an ART clinic to dispense anti-retroviral (ARVs) medication supplied by the government to affected employees and their dependants, as well as the local community. Both Freda Rebecca and BNC also receive assistance from the Zimbabwean Business Council on Aids (ZBCA).

BNC has initiated a similar association as FRGM with the HIV/AIDS assistance project coordinated by the Swedish Workplace HIV & AIDS Programme (SWHAP). The first phase of cooperation involves the review and implementation of HIV/AIDS and Wellness policies and practices. UNICEF donates primary health care drugs to Freda Rebecca, which passes on any unused supplies to the local provincial hospital.