SUNConferences, SAIIE NeXXXt

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IMPROVING DATA MANAGEMENT FOR ENVIRONMENAL REPORTING IN THE GOLD MINING INDUSTRY
Hendrika Magdalena Maryke Janse van Rensburg, Andries Gustav Stephanus Gous, Jan C Vosloo, Mariska van Heerden

Last modified: 2019-08-30

Abstract


Imagine an alternative reality where South African gold mines are environmentally sustainable. Environmental reporting is a realistic alternative for mines to prioritise operational changes in crucial environmental areas. There are multiple platforms where gold mines are reporting e.g. Integrated Reporting. All these platforms have created the need for effective environmental data management.

A methodology was developed where the environmental performance data for numerous operations is centralised. A standardised reporting procedure was developed for each environmental data category and includes the different stakeholders needs. Focus was also placed on reducing the data transfer errors, due to the importance of data accuracy.

The methodology is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA cycle) and was implemented at a gold mining company. After implementation, the rate of transfer error that would have been recorded in the data was reduced from 20 % to 4 %. This error was recorded before an external audit took place.