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Merafe and the Venture stakeholder engagement

  Stakeholder table

MERAFE RESOURCES
NAME OF STAKEHOLDER MATERIAL ISSUES AND RISKS METHOD AND FREQUENCY OF ENGAGEMENT
Providers of debt
  • Impact of Rand/US Dollar exchange rate on cash flows
  • Impact of ferrochrome prices on cash flows
  • Risk management
  • Ability to repay borrowings
  • Compliance with covenants
  • Operational performance
See Appendix 1  A
Government and regulators
  • Job creation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Tax compliance
  • Employment equity
  • Empowerment credentials
  • Health and safety
See Appendix 1  B
Merafe employees
  • Health and safety
  • Remuneration, incentives and benefits
  • Career opportunities
  • Training and skills development
See Appendix 1  C
Our partners in the Venture
  • Sustainability
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Risk management
  • Financial stability
  • Empowerment credentials
  • Alignment of interests
See Appendix 1  D
Suppliers
  • Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) procurement requirements
  • Contract terms
  • Payment terms
See Appendix 1  E
Assurance providers
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Governance
  • Internal controls
  • Transparency
See Appendix 1 F
Shareholders and investors
  • Potential for future returns
  • Impact of Rand/US Dollar exchange rate on cash flows
  • Impact of ferrochrome prices on cash flows
  • Project progress and funding
  • Sustainability
  • Impact of industrial action
  • Safety record
  • Good governance
See Appendix 1 G
 
THE VENTURE
NAME OF STAKEHOLDER MATERIAL ISSUES AND RISKS METHOD AND FREQUENCY OF ENGAGEMENT
Customers
  • Pricing
  • Product availability
  • Quality of product
  • Contract terms and delivery
  • Reliability of supply
See Appendix 2 H
Government and regulators
  • Job creation
  • Training and development
  • Black empowerment credentials
  • Employment equity
  • Environment
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Compliance with Mining Charter
  • Mining rights
  • Health and safety
See Appendix 2 I
Venture employees
  • Health and safety
  • Career opportunities
  • Training and skills development
  • Consultation on future operational changes
  • Employment equity
  • Housing benefits
  • Workers' rights
  • Remuneration, incentives and benefits
See Appendix 2 J
Communities
  • Infrastructure development
  • Job creation
  • Enterprise development
  • Local employment opportunities
  • Portable skills development
  • Local procurement
  • Stakeholder responsiveness
  • Corporate social investment
  • Environment
See Appendix 2 K
Suppliers
  • Contract terms
  • Payment terms
  • HDSA procurement requirements
See Appendix 2 L
Assurance providers
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Governance
  • Internal controls
  • Transparency
See Appendix 2 M
Trade unions
  • Training and skills development
  • Consultation on future operational changes
  • Employment equity
  • Housing benefits
  • Workers' rights
  • Remuneration, incentives and benefits
  • Health and safety
See Appendix 2 N

  Appendix 1

METHOD AND FREQUENCY OF ENGAGEMENT

A) PROVIDERS OF DEBT
South African banks
Summary of material issues
  • Ability of the Company to repay borrowing and meet debt covenants
  • Risk management
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
The Company borrows from South African banks. Regular meetings are held with its bankers. Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Impact of rand / dollar exchange rate on cash flow
  • Impact of ferrochrome prices on cash flow
  • Risk management
  • Ability to repay borrowings and meet covenants
  • The Company responds by providing transparent up to date information and addresses in advance, issues relating to the above concern
  • The Merafe head office is debt free and these material issues were therefor not applicable for 2023
B) GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORS
  • Bi-annual meetings with SARS
  • Ongoing engagements with other regulatory entities – as/when matters arise
C) MERAFE EMPLOYEES
  • Regular staff meetings
  • Yearly wellness day initiatives
  • Heritage Day and Nelson Mandela Day initiatives
  • Open door policy with both CEO and FD
D) PARTNERS IN THE GLENCORE – MERAFE CHROME VENTURE
Summary of material issues
  • New acquisitions and developments
  • Financial returns
  • Risk management
  • Regulatory and policy compliance
  • Accountable and transparent corporate governance
  • Safety and sustainability
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
Merafe engages with its partners in the Venture, Glencore, through regular joint board meetings, the Venture’s executive committee and subcommittee meetings and regular contact on operational issues.
  • Monthly exco meetings
  • HSEC meetings
  • Quarterly board meetings
  • Ad hoc meetings and communication as required

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Sustainability
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Risk management
  • Financial stability
  • Empowerment credentials
  • Alignment of interests
  • Related party transactions
  • Revenue cycle
E) SUPPLIERS
  • Ongoing engagements – as/when matters arise
  • Merafe suppliers are required to provide details of the HDSA shareholding/participation in their business and the Company has established its current level of procurement in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Codes of Good Practice
F) ASSURANCE PROVIDERS
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Governance
  • Internal controls
  • Transparency
G) SHAREHOLDERS AND INVESTORS

At 31 December 2023 Glencore Netherlands B.V. held 29% of its shares and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) held 22% of the Company’s shares. 49% is free float of which 42% is South African and 7% is offshore.

Summary of material issues
  • Merafe’s returns to shareholders and potential for future returns
  • Financial and non-financial risk management
  • Corporate governance including executive remuneration
  • Performance against strategy
  • Trends and outlook for commodity markets
  • Management of environmental and social risks and opportunities
  • Sustainability
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
Road shows to investors in South Africa Quarterly
Presentations at conferences

Half-year results and year end results presentations to shareholders
Ad hoc

Half yearly / annually
Merafe’s annual general meeting

Press interviews relating to interim and year end results
Annually

Half yearly / annually
SENS announcements of its interim and year end results as well as quarterly production updates

Merafe’s integrated annual report to shareholders
Quarterly / half yearly


Annually
Merafe’s website Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Impact of rand / dollar exchange rate on cash flow
  • Impact of ferrochrome prices on cash flow and related volatility
  • Stainless steel and ferrochrome demand outlook
  • Sustainability
  • Impact of labour unrest
  • Safety record
  • Good governance
  • The Company responds through providing transparent information on the Company and the ferrochrome industry through methods of engagement

  Appendix 2

H) CUSTOMERS
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
Glencore International AG (Glencore) and the Venture’s marketing team are responsible for maintaining the Venture’s relationship with customers to whom they market the ferrochrome it produces Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Typically, the material issues are raised by customers at engagement and are addressed by Glencore and/or our marketing team
I) GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORS
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
Summary of material issues
  • Ambient air standards
  • Sponsorship in air monitoring programs
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Workshops
  • Members of air quality working groups
  • Meetings
  • Forums
  • Provision and sponsorship of training courses
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these

Engagement allows us to give input into proposed legislation, to understand DEA thinking and share environmental knowledge including sharing of best practices, discussion of industry and providing technical assistance to government and others.

For more information see Material issues and Natural capital of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

Department of Water Affairs (DWAF)
Summary of material issues
  • Integrated water and waste management strategies
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Presentations
  • Development of integrated water management programmes
  • Active participation with DWAF
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Access to water
  • Water and waste management
  • Water licenses

Engagement allows the Venture to provide input into proposed legislation, understand DWAF aims and intentions and share best practice.

For more information see Material issues and Natural capital of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

Health authorities
Summary of material issues
  • Capacity building within health facilities and construction of health facilities in collaboration with the Department of Health (DoH)
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Working with provincial health departments to align processes and systems
  • Participating in Public Private Partnership (PPPs)
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Interacting with health departments at national, provincial and municipal level with the aim of supporting efforts to improve the provision of healthcare in communities neighbouring our operations. This has resulted in us forming a PPP to provide healthcare facilities and extending our wellness programme to communities.

For more information see Human capital of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report

Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
Summary of material issues
  • Mining Charter compliance
  • Mining rights
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • With DMR directly and through Chamber of Mines and SA Mining
  • Development Association (SAMDA)
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Compliance with the Mining Charter and the Codes of Good Practice- see the 2023 Integrated Annual Report for more information.

For more information see Material issues and Human capital of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

Department of Labour
Summary of material issues
  • Employment equity and job creation
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Meetings and submissions
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these

Merafe and the Venture respond by putting in place policies and procedures to meet the requirements and objectives of the Department.

  • Employment equity performance
  • Job creation

For more information see Material issues and Human capital of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

Local municipalities
Summary of material issues
  • Integrated Development Plans (IDP)
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Partnering with local municipal authorities
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Infrastructure in need of repair, provision of roads, running water community centres and business parks. We partner with local authorities to improve living conditions for our employees and the communities in which we operate. Refer to the Community development section of this report for further details.

For more information please see Social capital and stakeholder responsiveness of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

J) VENTURE EMPLOYEES
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Newsletter for Venture employees and newsletters at each operation
  • Posters
  • Digital messaging boards
  • Industrial theatre
  • Employee briefings
  • Green area meetings
  • Company intranet
  • Induction training
  • Business principles
  • Toolbox talks
  • Communication forums at each operation
  • Skills development committees
  • Employment equity committees
  • Occupational health and safety committees
  • Ethics line
  • Performance reviews
  • Grievance and conflict resolution mechanism
Ongoing regular engagement

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Employees are kept informed on business issues, what is expected to them and which Business Principles they are expected to adhere to
  • Employees understand they are free to join a trade union
  • Training and communication raises employee awareness regarding health and safety issues
  • Career opportunities and career development discussed during performance reviews
  • Community issues covered in communication in confidence regarding behaviour that is contrary to the company’s business principles
  • Surveys inform company of employees’ levels of satisfaction and issues that may need addressing

For more information see our 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

K) COMMUNITIES
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Complaints register to each site
  • Social development meetings with community
  • Annual community open days at all operations
  • Social and labour plans for each site
  • Grievance and conflict resolution mechanism
  • Quarterly meetings
  • Ongoing ad hoc communication including meetings emails and letters
  • Annual open days

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Community radio programmes and newsletters
  • Regular scheduled quarterly meetings are held by the Venture to discuss operational issues that might have a significant impact on the community, or that are of interest to the communities in the vicinity of the operations. A register is kept of who attends, what is discussed and what actions resulted from the engagement sessions
  • Ad hoc meetings are also held when issues either arise from the operation or are raised by the community. Open days were held at operations during the year. Communities were also engaged through the Integrated Development Plans (IDP)and Local Economic Development (LED) forums
  • Baseline studies are undertaken to identify the needs of the communities in the vicinity of our operations and to identify suitable Social and Labour Plan projects. Other responses to community needs addressed as a result of community engagement include upgrading schools providing bursaries and tertiary education opportunities through the Venture's community development programme, assisting SMMEs with facilities such as an SMME business park at Kroondal and training in business skills
  • A register of community complaints is maintained at each operation and complaints are dealt with at operational level to existing operations
  • All of the Venture's operations appointed Community Development Officers with the aim of improving engagement with communities
  • A stakeholder perception survey was conducted during the year to assess the perceptions of members of the surrounding communities. The survey provided valuable feedback that will be used to 1mprove aspects of community engagement in the future

For more information see Material issues and Social capital and stakeholder responsiveness of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

L) SUPPLIERS
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Tenders and supply contracts awarded by procurement committee
  • HDSA status details of all potential suppliers required
  • Scorecard established to measure procurement levels
  • Human rights awareness training undertaken with suppliers
Ongoing

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Regular engagement by the Venture at all levels with Eskom regarding power supply and costs
  • Suppliers are made aware of the SD standards, human rights standards and sustainable development policies, practices and procedures to which they must adhere when working on the Venture operations

For more information see Social capital and stakeholder responsiveness of the 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

M) Assurance providers
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Governance
  • Internal controls
  • Transparency
N) TRADE UNIONS
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
In terms of the mines and smelters that make up the Venture, employees are represented by NUMSA and Solidarity. Recognition agreements and unions structures are used for the purposes of consultation and communication on union matters The relationship and engagement are dictated by carious collective agreements applicable labour legislation and management/ union structures
  • Monthly meetings
  • Ad hoc meetings subject matter and urgency

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Demands for amendments to terms and conditions of employment
  • Dissatisfaction in the work environment (e.g. heat, dust, shift patterns. Overtime etc.). These are responded to in line with our mandate, compliance with legislative requirements and the maintenance of workable relationships. Each topic requires and receives a specific response

For more information see our 2023 Integrated Annual Report.

INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY BODIES
O) INTERNATIONAL CHROMIUM DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ICDA), REACH (REGISTRATION, EVALUATION, AUTHORISATION OF CHEMICALS)
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • HSE committee meetings and information
  • Technical committees
  • Consortia involvement
  • Meetings
  • Directors: Sustainable Development sits on steering committee, HSE and technical committees of these international bodies and consortia
  • Glencore and Merafe are members of ICDA
  • Monthly and quarterly meetings
  • Ongoing interaction on joint studies, etc.

Key topics and concerns raised at the engagement and response/s to these
  • Legal compliance
  • Joint studies
  • Cost sharing
  • Development of REACH dossiers
  • These consortia worked with REACH for the EU to ensure material and chemical safety
P) INTERNATIONAL STAINLESS STEEL FEDERATION

Frequency of engagement – Ongoing

Q) NORTHWEST AIR POLLUTION CONTROL FORUM (NAPCOF)
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Bi-monthly meetings
  • Presentations
  • Engagement about air quality management plans
Regular meetings and ongoing communication between forum members

R) KROONDAL ECO FORUM AND NORTHWEST ECO FORUM
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Meetings
  • Email correspondence
  • Telephonic communication
  • Direct access to Group Air Quality Specialist and Group Environmental Manager
  • SMS messages regarding venting incidents (also sent to all interested parties)
  • Query-by-query basis
  • Quarterly meetings
  • Regular meetings
  • SMS messages
  • Ongoing

S) FERRO ALLOYS PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (FAPA)
Method of engagement Frequency of engagement
  • Meetings
  • Venture chairs forum
Regular and ongoing