MAKE THE NEW LOOK EVRAZ HIGHVELD NEWS YOURS! Evraz Highveld News D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 0 Welcome to the first edition of the new look Giving Back to eMalahleni Evraz Highveld News. The paper will be pub- lished on a quarterly basis and we hope to improve with each edi- tion. To make the Evraz High- The Evraz Highveld ready to start put- veld News something eMalahleni Commu- ting more back YOU want to read, we nity Forum is up and into the commu- invite you to submit running! nity. The Forum‟s news, articles, and pho- success will de- The Forum, to be tographs for editorial pend on how ef- officially launched consideration. fectively we apply early next year, was our resources, Send to: established as and we must do Evraz Highveld‟s this in consulta- firstname.lastname@example.org way of investing in tion with the rele- South Africa‟s eco- vant authorities nomic transforma- and the commu- tion. The Forum nity. In order to has a primary focus bring structure to on socio-economic by five underpinning principles: this we will be driven by the INSIDE THIS development and a secon- Mutual respect; Forum‟s Managing Commit- ISSUE: dary focus on education Active partnership; tee”. and health for the benefit of Long-term commitment; The Managing Committee Keeping the 2 the most vulnerable mem- Mutual benefit; and consists of nine members: Lights On bers of the communities Sustainability. two members of the Evraz where Evraz Highveld oper- Highveld Executive Commit- Transforma- 2 ates. tion The management of com- CEO Scott Macdonald: “This Fo- tee; two union representa- munity issues will be driven rum is long overdue and we are tives; and five members of Stay Alert 3 the community. Mapochs 4 Hearing is a Precious Thing Mine Health & 5 Precious Mashilangako is a ing funds for a cochlear im- Safety bubbly and very intelligent plant, with the help of family, four year old girl who was friends and the staff and par- Evraz 6 first diagnosed with severe ents at the Stepping Stones Pumps hearing loss in both her ears Pre-School. when she was two years old. Furnace 7 7 Her hearing loss was so se- Despite a massive effort, the vere that she would never be family was still short of R40 000 able to hear or develop required for the operation. speech without having a co- The Steve Biko Academic Hos- chlear implant. pital Board-Robert Kerr Trust Health Programme approached Her mother Thembi is a Evraz Highveld to help Pre- cleaner and her father, Syd- cious and funds were granted ney, a driver for a local com- as part of the Community Fo- pany. Both have been rais- rum‟s CSI programme. Precious Mashilangako PAGE 2 Engineering Services’ Bright Idea August this year saw En- ment have been pub- Watts it all about? gineering Services initiate lished extensively. It is a CFL exchange pro- widely known that CFLs Saving energy means gramme to create aware- last six times longer than saving money ness of using „energy traditional bulbs while savers‟ rather than incan- consuming 80% less Saving energy helps to descent bulbs. Employ- electricity. make sure South Africa ees also had an opportu- has enough energy to nity to exchange incan- During the exchange En- meet its needs descent globes for energy gineering services ex- changed 2616 globes for Saving energy reduces savers at the Steelworks. CFLs. the effects that produc- The energy saving bene- ing electricity may have The plant with the highest fits of CFLs and the posi- exchange was Engineer- on our environment. tive impact on household ing Services followed by budgets and the environ- Iron Plant. Leading the Transformation Drive We asked newly ap- communicates on trans- Evraz Highveld has a pointed Transformation formation policy develop- footprint, there is a true “Transformation is and BBBEE Manager, ment as well as advises reflection of socio- Thabisile Mchunu, to and supports company economic upliftment in all important for the tell us more about committees, departments possible aspects of hu- growth of the transformation: and stakeholders on man enrichment—skills South African transformation issues and development, job creation Thabisile, What is a Transformation Man- best practices. for sustainability, and the economy. It’s not development and growth ager? about spending of small businesses. A transformation man- money to get ager should be someone points; it’s about with an entrepreneurial Why is transformation spirit, and technical and important? expanding business sensitivity. Transformation is impor- businesses Someone who is commit- tant for the growth of the ted to influencing and pro South African economy. through -actively executing di- It‟s not about spending collaboration” verse programmes money to get the points, aimed at bridging the it‟s about expanding gap between the old and businesses through col- new cultures. These laborative structures and programmes include processes. Communities Broad Based Black Eco- embracing diversity and nomic Empowerment Thabisile Mchunu growing together, will see (BBBEE), Socio- their contributions play- Economic Development, What is Evraz High- veld’s Transformation ing a meaningful role in and Diversity and Inclu- taking this country to a sion programmes. The Policy? bright future. transformation manager To ensure that wherever EVRAZ HIGHVELD NEWS DECEMBER 2010 PAGE 3 Stay Alert and Stay Safe This Festive Season The festive season is around the corner! During the festive season, ineffective management of Many companies close or employees go on holiday; but shift work by the employee and inadequate sleep (both unfortunately companies who operate during this exciting the duration and the quality of sleep) are the most com- time of the year experience a lot of work-related accidents. mon causes of employee fatigue. Physical fatigue af- The most common cause of these accidents is employee fects the employee‟s muscles to the degree that one‟s fatigue. fitness to do a task becomes unsafe. Muscle weakness means that a person can not exert the necessary What is fatigue? force required to do the Fatigue is a fancy word work. for exhaustion and em- Mental fatigue affects the ployee fatigue or ex- employee‟s level of con- haustion occurs when sciousness and de- employees attempt to creases one‟s attention or work after inadequate concentration, which can sleep, or try to do tasks be dangerous when per- that are physically or forming tasks that require mentally strenuous, or constant concentration. even when family con- flicts affect an em- ployee‟s concentration at work. Sleep is important Even during the festive season, the importance of sleep Workload, workplace conditions, and number of hours cannot be over-emphasised, both the quantity of sleep worked are work-related factors which contribute about and quality of sleep. To get the best sleep possible, try 35% to employee fatigue. Non work-related factors are by to control temperature changes, lighting conditions, and far the major contributors to employee fatigue and these noise levels. include the inability to cope with work conditions or shift Make sure you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day as work, the disruption of natural sleep rhythms in shift work- this will help increase your concentration at work and ers, sleep disorders, family conflicts, and ineffective man- keep your body temperature in check which will help you agement of shift work by the employee. sleep. Changes to Leave Policy The following changes to the Leave Policy came into effect on 1 November 2010, as per Brief 688 from Human Resources. An employee‟s leave only becomes Accumulative and service leave available after 12 months of service before the completion of 12 with the Corporation have been com- months pleted. However, to avoid employees taking unpaid leave before the com- This leave is also subject to man- pletion of 12 months service, employ- agement approval and the normal ees may apply for: leave application process. Leave days may not exceed the Non-accumulative leave portion of accrued balance and such leave the annual leave before the com- may not be cashed out. pletion of 12 months Mapochs Mine Local and Economic Development of the Community The Mapochs Mine has The global credit crisis committed to design and experienced during 2008 implement Local and Eco- and 2009 had a signifi- n o mi c D e ve l o p m e n t cant effect on the Corpo- (LED) projects for the ration, which also nega- upliftment and socio- tively affected the imple- economic development of mentation of the LED pro- the surrounding commu- jects. nity, which is in line with the Mineral and Petro- These LED projects will leum Resource Develop- be looked at more seri- ment Act, Act 28 of 2002 ously especially since (MPRDA). there has been a gradual recovery in the economy. Mapochs: Identified Projects Evraz Highveld, Chicken Broiler and Mapochs, EMLM and the Abattoir Project community of Roossene- kal embarked on a con- Roads Upgrade and sultative process to iden- Maintenance Project tify areas of concern relat- ing to the Social and La- bour Plan. Project Restore The following projects This project involves the were identified: development of an in- digenous nursery on land owned by Mpochs Integrated Town Plan- Mine. ning Project It will be beneficial to Clinic and Ambulance both Mapochs Mine and Facilities and Service the community as it Project involves rehabilitation of mined areas and the Horticulture and Agri- employment of local cultural Livelihoods community members. Project (Hydroponics) This project also has This project will have an significant sustainability appropriate community and empowerment po- development compo- tential that will continue nent and the appropri- long after the mine‟s ate training and imple- reserves have been mentation models will depleted. be designed for both commercial and house- hold application. EVRAZ HIGHVELD NEWS DECEMBER 2010 PAGE 5 How are we doing on Health and Safety? Lots of incidents occur safety, and that of their fellow within Evraz Highveld that employees. are more people oriented than condition oriented. A brief glance at Evraz High- We have to ask ourselves, veld, including Mapochs are we missing a particular Mine, safety statistics per ingredient to this person- quarter of 2010 show: environment task formula? The top 3 types of injuries Each of us has a respon- sustained up to 4 October sibility to be aware of 2010: Although Health and Safety what the hazards are, what should be embedded within the sources, actions and Burns - 7 Remember: each task that is performed, situations are that can bring Amputations - 5 it is highly apparent that a harm to us as we carry out Never take (including partial amputa- lot of ground still needs to our tasks. tions) short cuts, no be covered. Each employee has a duty Fractures - 4 to take care of their own matter how convenient they may seem to be. Your life is determine by your actions. Stay Safe! With one fatality at the Mine open is the line of commu- New employees must be this year, 19 lost time inju- nication? oriented in their respective ries, 41 non-lost time inju- environments to ries and 127 first aid cases Observing and reporting ensure proper for Evraz Highveld as a any unsafe conditions is and safe work. whole (to 4 October), it is crucial for the safety of the imperative that: person doing the job. Employees must know who Supervisors and employ- Proper tools and the cor- their SHE repre- ees jointly ensure that risk rect frame of mind are in sentatives are, assessments are con- place. Being aware of and how they ducted and discussed pro- what you are doing plays a can be of assis- actively. vital role in executing a tance on Health task safely. Is it safe to and Safety is- Not the best place to take a Any unclear instructions answer your cellphone sues. are sorted out before a whilst doing fault finding on lunch break! task is executed - how a live electrical panel? PAGE 6 Evraz Highveld Helps eMalahleni Water On 12 November 2010, Mr Ndlovu, aligned by Evraz Highveld techni- acting Head of Department Water cians using laser alignment equip- and Sanitation from the eMalahleni ment. Did you know? local municipal The delivery and All raw water supplied council requested discharge water to the city of eMalahleni Evraz Highveld to pipes were rein- and surrounding assist with the in- stalled. communities and stallation of a wa- industry is pumped ter pump which New bearing from Witbank dam cooling water pipes had been repaired. pump station. The were assembled pump station has After the necessary capacity for six pumps, and installed. planning and prepa- of which four are ration work, the commissioned. pump was installed On Thursday, 18 The four pumps in by Evraz Highveld No ve mb er the operation are KSB WKN 350/2 two stage pumps employees on pump was started capable of delivering Wednesday, 17 No- by a municipal approximately 450 litres vember. employee, the per- per second at a son responsible for pressure of 17 bar. The following work was completed on the Witbank dam When all four pumps pump station, in a re in o p e ra t i o n pump No. 2 at the Witbank dam pump the presence of simultaneously a total quantity of 1 300 litres station: the Evraz Highveld per second can be foreman, Hennie Old coupling re- pumped. Naude, the person moved from motor The pumps are driven responsible for the shaft. by two 200V, 1045 kW pump installation. electric motors. Each New coupling sup- pump weighs plied, machined in approximately three tons. Evraz Highveld‟s central workshops and fitted to the motor and pump Recommissioning of the pump was shafts. successful and it was returned to ser- vice by the municipal employee. The pump was installed into its posi- tion and the pump and motor was Suretha hits the right notes Suretha Burger has been employed recently won Gold in the Eisteddfod mu- at Evraz Highveld since February sic competition held in Middelburg, and 2007, operating the company‟s added this achievement to her trophy switchboard through Braille and the won in New York for the Pop Division Jaws System, both aids for people when she represented South Africa in with visual impairment. the international competition, where she Suretha‟s visual impairment means also received a special award for the she can only distinguish between light Broadway category. and dark. This follows gold medals in the Pop and Evraz Highveld‟s musical maestro Broadway categories in the Talent for Africa national competition. EVRAZ HIGHVELD NEWS DECEMBER 2010 PAGE 7 Furnace 7 Conversion to Open Slag Bath Evraz Highveld recently also forms part of the major The design of the furnace is approved the rebuild of arguments for complete con- however contracted to Hatch, Furnace 7 to Open Slag version to OSB operation at who has designed all three Bath (OSB) operation. the Iron Plant. previous OSB furnaces. This project forms part of the company‟s strategy to in- Project approval was crease steel output, but more given on 10 Septem- importantly vanadium produc- ber 2010, and the tion. project design phase Furnace 7 has reached the started in October end of its refractory campaign 2010. The complete life and resulted in some run- furnace design and outs in the past 12 months, procurement proc- causing significant damage to ess is aimed to be the plant and suffering large finished in February losses in liquid metal output. 2011, whereafter Furnace 7 will be switched out early It was decided to convert the March 2011. furnace from Submerged Arc Furnace (SAF) to OSB opera- tion, while it will be switched The construction phase is Hatch has expertise in all off for the refractory reline. currently estimated to be 4.5 Furnace 7 is engineering fields and is also The first Open Slag Bath fur- months, stretching from very familiar with the unique expected to reach nace was commissioned in March 2011 until end July OSB operation due to its in- full production in July 2005, the second in De- 2011. The total cost of the volvement with New Zealand cember 2006 and the latest in project will be in excess of Steel and Evraz Highveld, August 2011 and December 2007. Since the R175 million with an approxi- who are the only two compa- to be the pinnacle first furnace was commis- mate payback of 29 months. nies that utilise the OSB con- of the furnace sioned, the OSB operation figuration to produce pig iron. has proved itself to increase operations at vanadium output as well as The project team is consid- ered to be well balanced for Evraz Highveld liquid iron production. It also reduces operational costs such a large and strategic due to reduced electrode project. All the op- paste consumption and a erational and engi- reduced labour intensive tap- neering personnel ping practice. were intimately in- volved in all three previous conver- One of the most significant sions and therefore savings that the OSB configu- very familiar with ration provides is the ability to the project scope utilise a cheaper coal. This and typical risks. It proved to be a valuable attrib- is for this reason ute, since coal in South Africa that Evraz Highveld will only increase in price as decided to manage the demand for high quality the project from coal increases. within its own re- Reduced power consumption sources. Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited is a vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer. Evraz Highveld obtains iron Evraz Highveld Steel and ore from its own Mapochs mine. Vanadium Limited The Corporation strives to create superior Old Pretoria Road Portion 93 of the farm Schoongezicht value and benefits on a sustainable basis 308 JS across economic cycles for all stakeholders, eMalahleni by developing the business into a low cost Mpumalanga steel and vanadium slag producer. Phone: 013 690 9911 Fax: 013 690 9293 The Corporation has implemented an inte- E-mail: email@example.com grated SHEQ management system in line with the relevant standards and specifica- tions. Evraz New Leaders Programme Seven Evraz Highveld future leaders will be Participants work on projects that they could be participating in the Evraz Executive Educa- appointed to manage upon completion of the pro- tion Programme next year from March to Au- gramme. gust. This is the first team from Evraz High- Roger veld to take part, with more teams expected Launched two years ago, over 100 employees have Ferreira, to participate in the future. since graduated. Our team will have the opportunity Kefilwe The programme is designed to develop a new to meet people from Mothupi, generation of lead- Evraz globally and share Pavel ers to ensure conti- best practices with them; Tatyanin, nuity of manage- Dikeledi broaden personal experi- ment for the com- ence, gain new knowl- Tshweleng, pany, and to go edge and develop strate- Jacqueline someway in ad- gic planning, leadership, Botha, dressing the short- project management and Monita age of efficient man- presentation skills; attend Bohmer, and Scott agers in production lectures by and discus- Mac- and technical fields sions panels with the best Donald. in the steel industry internationally-recognised Yolandi in general. business trainers and Bezuiden- The key objective is experts; study at an inter- hout to identify high-potential employees and help nationally recognised business school; and present and Jaco them grow to be successful managers who un- their ideas and establish open communication with Pienaar derstand and share the company‟s strategy and Evraz Group top executives; and ultimately boost seated. values, and who possess the necessary knowl- their career prospects. edge and skills to contribute to Evraz‟s growth.