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‘Anglo Platinum’s sponsorship of this short story competition is all about promoting literacy in our society’

ANGLO PLATINUM’S INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION PAYS OFF
Deputy Minister of Education Mosibudi Mangena was full of praise for Anglo Platinum’s sponsorship of this year’s ‘Everyone’s Reading in Africa (ERA)/Anglo Platinum Short Story Competition’. Addressing the prize-giving ceremony held in Johannesburg, Mangena said: ‘Allow me to convey our sincere gratitude to Anglo Platinum for providing such a generous sponsorship for this writing competition. Between World Book Day in April, when the competition was launched, and tonight [3 September 2003] when prizes are being awarded to the winners, your sponsorship has helped inspire a lot of interest in reading and creative writing within South Africa and the SADC region. We hope you will be able to continue the good work in the future.’ People aged between 11 and 64 participated in the competition, which saw 64 yearold Dlokwakhe Nicholas Zitha being presented with first prize of R16 000 for his heart-rending story about the ‘Bus Boycott of Evaton’. He was a joint winner with Paul Collings, who also received R16 000 for the ‘Queen of the Heap’. Vulani Maluleke scooped R8 000 for the second prize for ‘Melodi’ and Thandi Grey took the R5 000 third prize for ‘Zola Budd and the Red Berets’. Fourteen readers had to wade through a total of 971 entries. The youngest entrant was 11 years old and the oldest 64 years old. Speaking at the function, Mike Mtakati, Group Manager, Corporate Communications, said ‘We are committed to supporting the development of education in South Africa and, specifically, adult basic education and training. We are pleased to be associated with this noble project, which is all about promoting literacy in our society.’ This is the fourth year Anglo Platinum has sponsored the competition.

64-year-old Dlokwakhe Nicholas Zitha, the author of Bus Boycott of Evaton, won first prize in the ERA/Anglo Platinum Short Story Competition 2003

Anglo Platinum engages Government independently on specific areas of concern and also conducts sessions where representatives of the Group brief Government officials on developments within the Group.

international clients. Customer health and safety are of paramount importance to Anglo Platinum. To this end, various process changes have been implemented to facilitate the supply of products that do not compromise the health and safety of the Group’s customers. PMR has recently introduced new recyclable packaging that has been designed for ease of handling and storage. The newly introduced platinum ingot is now cast from a mould to reduce sharp edges. A new osmium removal step has also been installed to facilitate reduced levels of the metal in other products. Furthermore, a process change of the production of palladium grain to create a rounder form, as opposed to the sharp irregularly shaped grain previously produced, has been introduced. In addition, the PMR has

Competition and pricing
There were no court decisions regarding cases pertaining to anti-trust and monopoly regulations against Anglo Platinum during the course of 2003.

Product responsibility Customer health and safety
The refineries’ Safety, Health, Environment, Quality (SHEQ) policies give a commitment to the production and supply of quality precious and base metal products for both domestic and

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‘Anglo Platinum’s mobile clinics make long walks for healthcare a thing of the past’

VEHICLES TO GOOD HEALTH
Walking long distances to get to the nearest clinic is now something of the past for many villagers in some of South Africa’s remote rural areas, thanks to Anglo Platinum’s intervention. In partnership with the health departments of the Limpopo and North West provincial governments, the Group has found the best way of tackling the inaccessibility and lack of health facilities in the two provinces’ remote areas: the provision of mobile clinics. PPRust donated a modern, state-of-the-art mobile clinic to two remote Limpopo communities in a bid to make health facilities more easily accessible to them and to effectively address their vulnerability to opportunistic diseases. Health workers had also previously found it difficult to service these far-flung areas because of poor roads. The Limpopo provincial government, faced with a host of developmental challenges, also had difficulty addressing these backlogs on its own because of a lack of financial resources. Sello Moloto, the Limpopo MEC for Health and Welfare, described the donation of the mobile clinic as a ‘godsend’, saying the provincial government’s partnership with the private sector, notably Anglo Platinum, in addressing the shortage of basic services, was ‘very helpful’. Earlier, Rustenburg Section had made a similar donation to the North West Department of Health. The well-equipped modern clinic now services communities in the isolated Bojanala district. R Morewana, the district’s Director of Health, who received the ‘gift’ on behalf of the communities, praised Anglo Platinum for responding enthusiastically to the government’s call to help meet the basic needs of people living in South Africa’s most disadvantaged areas. ‘One of the new government’s fundamental goals is to meet the people’s basic health needs. However, the reality is that the government cannot achieve all of these things on its own. The government therefore calls on all sectors of society to play a role,’ he said. This was not the first time that Rustenburg Section had provided a mobile health clinic to the province. The first was donated in 1996, operating in five informal settlements and treating a total of 96 960 patients at an average of 75 a day between 1996 and 2000. The daily average has now reached 130. The new clinic, in addition to serving existing areas, also covers new informal settlements.
Residents from communities around Anglo Platinum’s Rustenburg Section make good use of the mobile clinic donated by Anglo Platinum to the North West Department of Health. Two, similar mobile clinics have been donated to the Department of Health in Limpopo Province to service remote communities there

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maintained regular practices, such as the supply of platinum sponge that is precipitated with wood flour in order to produce a coarser sponge for easier handling. No instances of non-compliance with regulations concerning customer health and safety occurred during the year, and no penalties or fines were assessed for any breaches. Moreover, there were no complaints that were upheld by regulatory or similar official bodies.

refineries is given with appropriate customer follow-up where necessary.

Advertising
The Group’s policy is to channel corporate advertising assignments through a single agency, one that has, over a number of years, proven itself to have a good understanding of the Group and the environment within which it operates. The agency subscribes fully to and is guided by the Code of Advertising Practice. This code is specifically applicable to South Africa, but its use automatically results in compliance with other known codes because of its stringent nature, particularly in respect of comparative advertising. The agency is aware of certain international advertising restrictions, specifically those pertaining to the USA. There has been no record of any charges having been laid by competitors or the public regarding non-compliance.

Products and services
Both the PMR and RBMR ISO9002 accreditations were upgraded to SABS ISO9001:2000 in July and January 2003 respectively. Compliance mechanisms, related to product information, are contained in the ISO Product Specification Manuals. Several procedures and work instructions cover the process from the feed material through the process to packing and dispatch to the customer. The process is controlled by sample analysis, taken from the stream to the end product, and the issuing of certificates of analysis. Audits are performed annually to ensure compliance with ISO requirements. Each product has a Material Safety Data Sheet, which is available on request. Customer surveys are conducted each year in the form of a questionnaire. Feedback to management and both

Respect for privacy
The Group’s policy is to make use of public media. Direct mailing has been used only in the case of people in a position to directly influence the Group, such as investment analysts and decision-makers in Government. The agency and the Group have never engaged in the dissemination of unsolicited information on the Internet or in the use of mass SMS marketing. No complaints of breach of privacy have ever been received.

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‘A positive response from Leplats, and five schools have been renovated, 24 classrooms and four admin blocks built’

RESPONSIBLE LEPLATS: A SUMMARY OF INVOLVEMENTS IN 2003
When the new Limpopo Provincial Government made an impassioned plea to the private sector to give it a hand in the socio-economic development of the province, Leplats responded positively and without hesitation. The operation has over the years embarked on a number of projects to help ease the plight of people living in neighbouring communities and is assisting with the transformation of the province into an economic jewel of South Africa. As one of the biggest employers in the province, Leplats took it upon itself to package a CSI programme to address the challenges of education, job creation, and skills development. In partnership with Government, Leplats renovated five schools, constructing 24 classrooms and four administration blocks. Water was also provided. Five boreholes were drilled and equipped, and three schools were provided with additional sanitation facilities. Leplats’ multi-purpose centre provided capacity building for local residents in various skills, such as carpentry, roof construction, and garment- and cabinet-making, preparing them for the job market. The centre expanded its entrepreneurial reach by providing incubation for some of the newly trained community members. It also provides facilities for Government services to reach into the community, such as ID registration, policing, and HIV/AIDS education. The local schools benefit from the Anglo Platinum Schools Project interventions. The cooperation and partnership developed with the Makgala District office is constructive and the building of a resource centre at the district office is in progress. This centre will be the hub of information sharing and training on all educational related issues.

Potlake High School in the Makgala District of Limpopo Province is one of five local schools to have benefited from the cooperative relationship between Leplats, the Anglo Platinum Schools Project, and the Limpopo Provincial Government. Potlake has been rebuilt at a cost of more than R3 million and pupils will now have access to water, electricity, and a science laboratory. Here, Acting Principal Joyce Nong and Grade 12 teacher Charles Kupa welcome pupils to the new premises at the start of the 2004 academic year

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‘Thirty schools have been helped to build 110 classrooms; some 16 000 learners and 450 educators have benefited’

SCHOOLS IN FIVE PROVINCES BENEFIT FROM FUND’S CLASSROOM PROJECT
In 2002, the Anglo American Corporation Chairman’s Fund helped 30 schools to build 110 classrooms in five provinces, to the value of R10 million. Approximately 16 000 learners and 450 educators will benefit from the programme. In 2003, for Limpopo Province alone, the Trustees approved R5 million towards the construction of classrooms in ten schools. The schools are located in Magakala District, close to the Modikwa Mine, Leplats, and Twickenham. The total cost of the programme in Limpopo is R10 million, with R5 million coming from the Provincial Department of Education as part of its contribution to a partnership arrangement.

Tingaling Nursery School in the Burgersfort area of Limpopo Province has been running for three years and is undergoing renovations that form part of an ambitious R10 million programme co-funded by the Anglo American Corporation Chairman’s Fund to build 110 classrooms at schools in five provinces. The R5 million programme in Limpopo Province is co-funded by the Fund and the Limpopo Government

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‘Speakup – an innovative way of combating bribery, corruption, fraud and other unethical practices within Anglo Platinum’

SPEAKUP
Independently managed by Tip-offs Anonymous and launched during 2003, Speakup makes available a selection of telephonic, e-mail, and web-based and mail communication channels to any person in the world who has information about unethical practices at Anglo Platinum. These include, but are not limited to: • • • • • • Abuse or theft of Group resources; Bribery, corruption, and fraud;
Speakup is an independently managed facility

Damage to the environment; Threats to safety and health; Conflicts of interest; and Improper accounting practices.

that enables anyone, anywhere with information about unethical practices within Anglo Platinum to make it available, completely anonymously, for investigation

Trained operators in English, isiZulu, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, and Sesotho answer calls on a 24-hour basis, every day of the year. In South Africa, as in many other places in the world, the right to expose wrongdoings without being prejudiced in the workplace is protected by law. This programme nonetheless protects anonymity: • • Whistleblowers have the choice of remaining anonymous when reporting; Tip-offs Anonymous will protect the whistleblower’s identity, should he or she choose not to reveal it; If the Freepost facility is chosen, the whistleblower’s identity cannot be discovered; Special technical solutions have been implemented to preclude the possibility of tracing e-mails and faxes to Tip-offs Anonymous and visits to the website; and The focus is on the information that the whistleblower has, not on his or her identity.

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Contact details for this service are: FreeCall phone: 0800 230 570 e-mail: angloplat@anglospeakup.com Freepost: speakup, Freepost DN 298, Umhlanga Rocks 4320, South Africa Website: www.anglospeakup.com

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