Marsh Vikela (Pty) Ltd The Marsh Centre 88 Grayston Drive, Sandton Private Bag X14, Benmore, 2010 South Africa Tel: 2711 506 5326 Fax 2711 506 5242 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marsh.com 11 February 2008 NOTE FOR THE RECORD: Scoping Phase Public Consultation - Xere Date: 30 January 2008 Venue: Xere Kgotla Start Time: 8:15 Ending Time: 9:15 MEETING ATTENDEES REPRESENTATIVE DESIGNATION E-MAIL ADDRESS / FAX NO. Project Team: Jumanda Gakelebone Resident of the CKGR & Translator email@example.com Pedro Kgobe Marsh Environmental Services firstname.lastname@example.org Anneli Botha Marsh Environmental Services email@example.com Haile Mphusu Gope Exploration Company HMphusu@gemdiamonds.com Howard Marsden Gope Exploration Company HMarsden@gemdiamonds.com Wilhemina Makwinja Gope Exploration Company WMakwinja@gemdiamonds.com Batlhatelfi Leagajang Hotwire firstname.lastname@example.org Community: Male Attendees: 49 Female Attendees: 21 Authorised Financial Services Provider FSB Licence no.: 8414 Registration no.:1999/000348/07 Directors: BR Blake (Chairman and Managing Director)*, DR Buchanan, AJ Dick**, MG Matlhape, S Montsi, HN Ndude, MW Skosana *British **New Zealand Page 2 11 February 2008 1 INTRODUCTION The meeting is opened with a prayer. The project team is welcomed by the Xere Kgosi, and Kgosi Sesana. Pedro Kgobe of Marsh Environmental Services (MES) introduces the Gem Diamonds team: Introduction to Gope Project Team Gope Exploration Company Mr. Glenn Turner Chief Legal Compliance Officer Mr. Haile Mphusu Managing Director Mr. Howard Marsden Operations Manager Mrs. Wilhemina Makwinja HR Manager Mr. Kabelo Binns Hotwire Mr. Batlhalefi Leagajang Hotwire Marsh Environmental Services Mr. Pedro Kgobe Marsh Environmental Services – Botswana Ms. Anneli Botha Marsh Environmental Services – Gope Project Leader Marsh The following people are introduced by the Court Clerk: Mr Molaodi Kgosi of Xere Headman Mr. Sesana Other people present included the village elders in Xere. Page 3 11 February 2008 2 PRESENTATION Please see printed presentation of Public Meetings for the Scoping Phase. Upon completion of the presentation the floor is opened for public comment. English translations conducted by either Pedro Kgobe (MES) or Jumanda Gakelebone (FPK) have been transcribed in these minutes. 3 ISSUES AND RESPONSE REGISTER No Aspect Comment I&AP Name Response 1 Archaeology & As far as burial sites are concerned, I don’t I&AP’s name The response was acceptable. It was also indicated that some elders in Heritage think that anyone here will know where they not known. Kaudwane had already provided their names which could therefore are. I was there (at Gope) for a month, and I Gentleman in assist with the identification of the burial sites. couldn’t identify where the burial sites were. I maroon shirt think the project is a good thing for the community. 2 Public As far as consultation is concerned, I think it is Consultation a good thing for us. 3 Employment We have so many children being idle due to no employment in the community. So we thank you. 4 Work Shifts Question regarding the shift work at the mines The Police The one week will be taken as days off from the employees – 2 weeks on – 1 week off. Will people be Officer Mr. paid for that week, or will it be regarded as Sabata leave and will they be paid for that? 5 Employment His question concerns the certificate of Mr. Kesoma Nowadays mines require highly competent people. For instance, even if competence for workers, e.g. driver’s licenses. Tjihako you are hired as a machine operator, you have to know how to use a Most of the people here do not have a driver’s computer. That means, you should be able to read and write in order to licenses. Will this be to the worker’s detriment, understand how the computer in the machinery works. or will they still have opportunities to be employed (and obtain the necessary skills)? 6 Employment Some of us have previously worked in the SA Mr. Tjihako Even in the SA mines, if you were away for a considerable time, when mines, and had references and documents of you came back you had to be retrained just like fresh recruits before skills obtained etc. These documents have resuming work. It will be difficult to call the SA mines to ask about your been lost. Will we be eligible to work in the certificates of competence. new mine, using those skills, without proof of previous employment? Authorised Financial Services Provider FSB Licence no.: 8414 Registration no.:1999/000348/07 Directors: BR Blake (Chairman and Managing Director)*, DR Buchanan, AJ Dick**, MG Matlhape, S Montsi, HN Ndude, MW Skosana *British **New Zealand Page 5 11 February 2008 No Aspect Comment I&AP Name Response 7 Recruitment How will people living outside of Gope be Court Clerk There is no easy answer to that question, as we are still investigating or Centres recruited? If people want employment but do (name not assessing how we are going to conduct the recruitment process. not have transport to the mine, how will this be known) addressed? 8 Recruitment Question regarding the recruitment process. Mr. Gape Ongoing assessments will facilitate how the recruitment process was Centres How will the process be undertaken? Will it be Gabaruelwe going to planned and conducted. in a meeting like this? 9 Employment Some of us have previously worked in mines, Even in the SA mines, if you were away for a considerable time, when but do not have documents of proof of you came back you had to be retrained just like fresh recruits before employment. Will it be possible for you to resuming work. It will be difficult to call the SA mines to ask about your contact previous employers, to confirm this? certificates of competence. 10 Work Shifts Then regarding the shifts, working for two The one week will be taken as days off from the employees weeks and taking a break for a week, will it be days off or leave? 11 Employment During the recruitment process, how will Advertisements will be done, and the labour laws will be followed to people be notified that jobs are now available? ensure a transparent process. 12 Fauna & Flora The land that will be used will be fenced to Mr. Sabata, the The response was that the mine area was going to be fenced. protect the wild animals. By so doing, you are Local Police Furthermore, the land that will be required for the mine, will be less than reducing the space that can be utilized by the Officer 1% of the CKGR, hence wild animals will still have enough space to wild animals. So then outside (the fence), will roam in the CKGR. Additionally, CKGR was not fenced so animals it not lead to over crowding for the animals and could migrate between the CKGR and the Transfrontier Park in the over grazing of the land. south of the country. 13 Employment As some of us don’t know how to read and Mr. Saoke Nowadays mines require highly competent people. For instance, even if Page 6 11 February 2008 No Aspect Comment I&AP Name Response write or are illiterate, will we get employment at you are hired as a machine operator, you have to know how to use a the mine? computer. That means, you should be able to read and write in order to understand how the computer in the machinery works. 14 Mine Name He has heard his parents call that place I&AP’s name Aikhoo not known 15 Tourism Since you are going to mine in a tourist area, I&AP’s name The CKGR will continue to be used for tourism purposes. However, for will tourists be allowed in the area to see the not known security reasons assessments will have to be made to determine animals? whether or not tourists would be allowed in the mine area. The meeting is closed with a prayer.