Idwala Lime - Social and Labour Plan Projects

 Our Commitment

Idwala Lime is in the fourth year of its five year SLP (Social and Labour Plan) and the mine is committed to ensure the funds are invested back into the Danielskuil Community to ensure Development in the following categories: 

  • Infrastructure 
  • Community 
  • Poverty Eradication

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Infrastructure – Electrification of low cost houses in Kuilsville and Tlhakalatlou:

The objective of this project is to provide 287 low cost households in the community (Kuilsville and Tlhakalatlou) with electricity.  The first phase of the electrification project which is a joint project between Idwala Lime and PPC Lime commenced in 2009 and a total of 112 houses were supplied with electricity, Idwala’s portion of the cost was R 302 540.  In 2010 the project was put on hold due to difficulties experienced with the tender processes and the partnership with the local municipality.  The difficulties have been addressed and the project’s second phase commenced in 2011 with the electrification of a further 115 houses. Idwala’s portion of the cost was R 200 000. Once the Municipality has identified the approximate remaining 60 houses phase three will take place during 2012.  An amount of R 216 000 was budgeted for the 2012 financial year.

The total amount for the electrification project Idwala had committed to over the five year SLP period amounts to R 1,3 m.


Electrification in Tlhakalatlou

 Infrastructure - Paving of Roads

The objective of this project, which is a joint project with PPC Lime, is to assist the Kgatelopele Municipality with the backlog of infrastructure and maintenance of roads and sidewalks by paving access roads and sidewalks. Over and above this, the project is aimed at job creation opportunities and skills development for local community members.  

Phase one of the project commenced in August 2010 with two roads (2nd and 3rd streets in Kuilsville) being paved. The project was however delayed due to the discovery of blue asbestos in the soil. After investigations and an agreed action plan between all stakeholders the paving of these two roads were completed in February 2011. The total amount spent in 2010 and 2011 was R 802 980.   Phase two of the paving project commenced in 2012 and Pela Street in Tlhakalatlou will be paved during this financial year. Idwala will expend R 655 398 towards the paving of Pela Street. Idwala Lime had committed to expend R2,4 m over the five year period. 
Part of this project contributes towards poverty eradication and did this project create between 15 to 20 employment opportunities from within the communities in 2010. 
The Mine will during 2012 embark on providing accredited training and specific skills transfer to members from within our SLP projects.

 Community Development: Municipality capacity building: 

Idwala Lime has embarked on a capacity building project with the Kgatelopele Municipality and committed to developing much needed technical competencies for the Municipality through a learnership programme and other training initiatives. To date a Diesel Mechanic has been trained who will complete his learnership by 30 March 2012.

The cost of the learnership amounts to R 85 000. Idwala Lime has also assisted two existing Plumbers employed by the Municipality to obtain formal Plumbing qualifications, thereby empowering them and enhancing their skills and competencies.

An amount of R65 000 has been expended on the development of the two Plumbers.

Local Community Bursary scheme

The Development of local talent is a priority for the Mine, in so doing the Mine has instituted a local community bursary scheme in 2009 which is earmarked for underprivileged, previously disadvantaged learners with exceptional talent to further their studies at tertiary institutions.  The aim of the bursary scheme is to address the shortage of technical and other skills within the local community. An amount of R 160 000 was expended on bursars from Danielskuil in 2010 and R 170 000 in 2011.  The Mine’s commitment in its SLP is to have five (5) bursary holders over the five year period and will expend an amount of R766 000 over the five year period.   Bursars who are registered for mining related studies are also offered opportunities to work at the mine during vacations, in order to gain practical experience in their fields.




Ernest Mokoisa

Bachelor of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

North-West University

Constance Lenyibi

Bachelor of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

North-West University

Thabisho Sedite

Electrical Engineering

Central University of Technology

Bianca Sebella

Bachelor of Education

North-West University

Sarita Rooi

National Higher Certificate: Accounting

Central University of Technology

Maths & Science Programme

The Mine launched the Maths and Science Programme in 2009. The objective of the project is to offer maths and science classes to improve the overall maths and science pass rates and assist learners to improve their individual marks to enable them to gain access to further education, training and development.

The classes are conducted on Saturdays as well as during school holidays. This project has had made a significant impact on the overall pass rate in Maths and Science as well as marks of individual learners.  Feedback provided by the two local high schools indicate an overall improvement in maths and science results, and did the below 40% pass rate for Kuilsville High in maths & science increased to 70% since the inception of the classes in 2009.
Approximately 120 learners benefit from this programme of which approximately 95% are historically disadvantaged.   The programme also assists with identifying learners with talent who can be developed into professionals through the Idwala Lime Community bursary scheme.  The annual cost of this project amounts to approximately R 246 000.  
 Grade 11 Maths learners.
Grade 12 Science learners.

Upliftment of schools

Idwala Lime also assists local schools with the funding of specialised teachers in fields such as Maths and Science.  The Mine currently funds two Maths/ Science Teaching positions and fifty percent of a third teaching position at an approximate annual cost of R 280 000.  The Mine further provides career guidance and Psychometric Assessments to learners from grade 10-12 to assist them with subject choices and ultimately career choices.  

 Poverty Eradication

The Mine embarked on the establishment of the Pallet and Bulk Bag project in 2010, in line with its SLP commitments on SMME Development.  The Pallet and Bulk Bag project is a Black Empowerment Enterprise that focuses on repairing pallets and bulk bags which are sold back to Idwala at an agreed price.  The Mine has assisted the three owners to establish the business by funding all establishment costs including the building and required machinery as well as guidance and mentorship to operate a small business.  Over and above the repairing of pallets and bulk bags the business also manufactures other by-products such as wooden furniture, doors,  cupboards, coffins, school bags and school uniforms etc. which are sold directly to the public at an affordable price which positively contributes to the business’s income.  Research is underway on what other products can be manufactured and sold by the business. The project has to date created four employment opportunities from within the community. The long term goal for the project is to become more sustainable, to create more job opportunities and to produce goods at affordable prices to the local communities.  The total income generated for the project to date is in the region of R 275 622.    

The project suffered a great loss in August 2011 when a devastating veld fire caused by strong winds resulted in the total loss of the project, valued at approximately R 250 000. Thanks to the Mine’s fire team and trucks the fire was extinguished with no loss of life or injuries. The lessons learnt from this tragic event are to ensure sufficient fire breaks are in place and fire fighting training is imperative. 
The fire however did not hamper the project members’ commitment and efforts and they continued to generate an income by operating directly from the Mine’s premises. The Mine in fulfilment of its commitment has already embarked on re-establishing the business in that a new and bigger building has been erected and the members will be able to move back to their new facility by the end of March 2012.
Ladies from Bag Project.

Mining Charter Compliance - Women in Mining

The Mine is committed to the development and employment of Women in Mining positions in line with the Mining Charter requirements.  The Mining Charter requires that Mines should have 10% of women in core mining positions by 2014 (out of total workforce).  

The Mine commenced with the training and development of women in core mining positions in 2008/2009 by creating a special talent pool of trainees who were trained over a period of time and employed in permanent positions when appropriate vacancies arose.  To date, the Mine has achieved 16,85% of Women in Mining, surpassing the Mining Charter requirement of 10% by 2014. The Mine will continue to maintain and build on this number.  Women are employed in the following positions: Mobile Operators, Burners, Learner Burners, Weighbridge Operators, Plant Attendants, Lab Analyst, Safety Officer, Despatch Operators, Plant Operators, Lab Technician and Lab & Risk Superintendent.            

 Internships, Learnerships and Bursaries opportunities at Idwala Lime

The Mine is committed to develop skills in line with the national skills shortage, especially in the engineering fields. This is achieved by providing technical learnerships, in-service training and bursaries to aspiring young people. The qualifying youth from Danielskuil and Northern Cape are given first priority in the process. Learners who are enrolled in the Mine’s two year technical learnership programmes exit with a MQA (Mining Qualification Authority) trade certificate. The Mine currently enrols learners in Electrical, Diesel Mechanic, Fitting and Plater/Welder trades and commits to the following as part of its learnership programme:

  • Provide learners with  appropriate training in the workplace and at technical colleges
  • Provide adequate on-the-job training and learner supervision.
Learners who qualify are retained, depending on the availability of vacant positions. Those not absorbed, seek employment opportunities elsewhere in the industry. The quality of artisans trained at the Mine is of a very high standard and the incumbents are well sought after by various industries. The approximate spend on learnerships is R1,2 m per annum.
In-service training/ Internships are provided to students who have acquired formal qualifications or credits from tertiary institutions and still need industrial practical training to enable them to complete their studies. The Mine provides in-service training to different students in the fields of:  Human Resources, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical- and Mechanical Engineering. The approximate spend on internships is R770 000 per annum.
One of the Mine’s HRD objectives is to ensure that all employees acquire literacy and numeracy skills, especially to the Mine’s older employees who are illiterate and those who could not further their educational grades.  Only 2.6% of the Mine’s employees are illiterate and these employees have been prioritised and motivated to enrol for ABET classes.   The second round of ABET classes commenced in July 2011, with sixteen (16) learners registered in the various ABET levels.
In order to ensure the success of ABET the following steps were taken:
  • Classes are conducted within working hours
  • Extensive consultation and counselling with the illiterate employees and their Unions representatives.
  • Provide training to the ABET facilitators on a computerised ABET programme in conjunction with Media Works.
The Mine has trained two ABET facilitators who currently conduct the community ABET classes. The computerised ABET programme will also be extended during 2012 to the existing community ABET classes.

 CSI Projects

RALLY TO READ:  Rally to Read is a national literacy programme for schools which is mostly implemented within rural areas. The programme for the Northern Cape is co-sponsored between the three local mines being: Idwala Lime, Finsch Petra Mine and PPC Lime.   It runs in a three year cycle and the aim is to supply literacy material and teachers support to the schools and assist the schools with maintenance and other needs as they arise.   In 2011 a new three cycle commenced and we focus on 12 local schools within a radius of 120km from the mine. Approximately 6050 learners and 175 educators take part in the programme.  Idwala Lime employees who take part in the programme took it upon themselves to obtain sponsored school clothes and handed it out to one of the needy schools.  

Idwala Lime is hosting the 2012 rally.  Read more.

CLINIC PROJECT:  The local community clinic situated in Danielskuil is the only form of government health service in a radius of 50km which services a community of approximately 18 000 people. Idwala Lime in 2011/2012 has embarked on a project to extend the clinic’s waiting room area so as to accommodate more people in a more humane environment. The total approximate cost is R 310 000.

WORLD AIDS DAY AND PEER EDUCATION:  The Mine recently trained five Peer Educators who have become actively involved at Inductions sessions, Departmental sessions and locally in the community.  On World Aids Day the Mines Occupational Health Sister, Peer Educators and members of a local NPO took part in assisting the clinic with a wellness campaign held at Danielskuil.  The programme encompassed the peer educators talking to groups of community members, blood pressure checks, diabetes, TB and HIV screening and referrals.

World Aids Day – Occupational Health Sister assisting with wellness campaign at Local Health Clinic in Danielskuil 

 New Shaft Kilns at Ouplaas

The constant increase in energy costs and change in air quality legislation made it necessary for Idwala Lime to review the plant infrastructure. FLS Kilns 1 & 2 were commissioned in 1975 and now act as back-up units. Heat exchangers used in the kilns are old - technology which makes the heat consumption very high in comparison with the other two pre-heater kilns.  Due to the age of the two FLS kilns the efficiency of the electrofilters deteriorated over time.  Maintenance costs increased and legislation standards became more stringent demanding dust emissions below 50mg/m³.  

The replacement of the electrofilters with a new design or to change to baghouse systems are extremely costly. Due to the need for reliable, energy efficient and environmental compliant production capacity, it was decided to consider the replacement of Kilns 1 & 2.  After about 2 years of research and investigating alternatives it was decided to install two Cimprogetti Double D shaft Kilns. Some of the main features of these kilns are their very favourable heat consumption, high availability and environmentally friendly characteristics, i.e. less than 20mg/Nm3 dust, no water consumption and no dust generated to be discarded off.

The project was started in November 2011 and will be completed in June 2013.

Stefaans Prins Obtains Matric Certificate

Stefaans Prins, Despatch Shift Supervisor at Idwala Lime has obtained his Matric certificate in November 2011 at the age of 47 years.  Stefaans was born in 1964 on the Blackridge asbestos mine in the Griekwastad District. The mine closed down and his family moved to Postmasburg where his father worked on the asbestos mine at Groenwater.  His father passed away when he was in Grade 8 and he left school to support his mother and 2 younger siblings.  He started as a learner carpenter with Murray & Roberts in Postmasburg.  

The family then moved to Daniëlskuil where he was trained as a Shunter but was only employed on a temporary basis.  He then worked for a short period at an electrical firm before he was appointed in 1985 as a Shunter at Union Lime.  In 1998 he completed his training to become a Locomotive Driver and was used as a relief in this position.

In 2005 his Manager motivated him to do his Matric.  He enrolled and only passed Business Economics.  By 2007 he had passed 3 subjects, but became disillusioned and lost hope.  He then started ABET level 4 classes and passed 3 subjects.  In 2010 he continued with his Matric and in November 2011 he managed to finish his last subjects and has passed 8 subjects in total. His eldest daughter managed to pass her Matric before him!  Stefaans says the biggest challenges were the lack of hand books and the lack of support he received from the Department of Education and to find somebody that could assist him in his subjects.  
Idwala Lime congratulates Stefaans for his perseverance and achievement. Well done, you make us proud!