Several of our South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) operations are working with partners to manage water risk, including the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB).
The MWCB is a public-private platform that encourages collaboration between the coal mining industry, government and other stakeholders. Its purpose is to identify and implement joint solutions to improve water quality and address mine closure, starting in the Upper Olifants Catchment.
While the MWCB is in its infancy, it offers opportunities for mining partners, the public and government to address water management challenges collectively.
The first year of the MWCB has focused on securing the participation and funding of the larger mining organisations. In the coming year, the focus will be on engaging with mid-tier and junior mining organisations to encourage their active participation in developing MWCB projects.