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INTERVIEW

Making a lasting impact Malcom Hendrickse, General Manager of De Beers’ Voorspoed Mine, notes the importance of a highly trained and competent workforce.

Malcom Hendrickse

What is the history of Voorspoed Mine? The history of Voorspoed Mine dates back to 1906. In 1912, the mine shut down, mainly as a result of the kimberlite ore that was very hard to mine with the technology of the day. It lay dormant until 2005 when the De Beers board approved an investment of R1.3-billion. Mining officially began in December 2007, and our very first carat was produced in June 2008. There was always something special about the gem quality produced at Voorspoed, and even today, the mine is renowned for its special stones. How important is employee training at Voorspoed? Our people are core to our business, and their safety and personal development is of paramount importance to us. Our priority is that every employee goes home safely after every shift, and that’s why we are proud of our record of no Lost Time Injuries since 1 October 2014. In addition to safety, we strive to create a competent and highly trained workforce through our skills training programmes. We had a very young workforce when we started operating, and we have done a lot in terms of broadening their scope from a development perspective through accredited, relevant and transportable qualifications.

BIOGRAPHY Malcom Hendrickse attained a BEng Chem degree at the University of Stellenbosch and worked for the Anglo American Gold Division before returning to De Beers. On secondment to Debswana he held various positions at plant manager level. He has been Ore Processing Manager (Venetia Mine), Operations Manager (The Oaks Mine) and SASSA Business Unit Manager for De Beers Marine. After a spell as General Manager of Kimberley Mine, he took the same post at Voorspoed Mine in 2016. FREE STATE BUSINESS 2018

Are there programmes to advance women in the workplace at the mine?

The number of women at the helm of the load and haul operations makes us particularly proud of the progress we have made in advancing women at Voorspoed. The Mining Charter aims to promote women in the industry, and there’s an active drive at De Beers to support this. For us, it has not just been a numbers game; we are far exceeding our targets. What is the life of the mine?

Our mining right licence expires in 2023; however, based on our cost operating model, the current life of the mine is 2020. How has Voorspoed Mine contributed to community development?

We are proud and passionate about our communities and we always get involved in projects that make a significant and lasting impact. We believe that the relationships we have forged with our communities are contributing positively towards the socio-economic development of the Free State.

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