The Siyaphambili Big 5 Projects
When we think of the Big 5, we think of five majestic animals - lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant – that attract tourists from all over the world. These are a beacon of pride for South Africa. The Big 5 also lend their names to five key projects launched at South Deep, which will bring us closer to our purpose of “being the beacon of pride for our people, our communities, our stakeholders and our shareholders.”
These projects were identified in response to some of the most pressing challenges at South Deep. They are going to be executed by five project teams that mostly comprise our frontline employees, whose wealth of knowledge and expertise offer critical insight into how challenges can be resolved.
As a starting point, each team attends a series of workshops that will assist them in understanding the root causes of the challenges and to identify sustainable solutions. Teams will then have a fixed timeframe in which to implement their solutions and senior leadership will regularly review the project progress.
Solving these challenges will contribute to South Deep’s journey of achieving #500@750.
Harnessing our strengths
Focus: Gold recovery improvement
Team Buffalo will harness their strengths to increase the gold recovered from the Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) from 40% to 46%.
- The team has the opportunity to increase revenue for South Deep as well as reduce costs by developing innovative solutions in the gold plant.
- Team Buffalo’s sponsor is Stephen Joseph.
- Team Buffalo’s members are Stephen Joseph, Andre Swartz, Ismail Kola, Shaun Martin, James Swartz, Kenny Naidoo, Peter Makaleng, Pfunzo Nemaheni, Motsheoa Thunka, Michelle Benadie, Rendani Nekhavhambe and Jaco Burger.
Striving for excellence
Focus: Reducing hydraulic oil leaks
Team Rhino will strive for excellence as they endeavour to reduce hydraulic oil consumption by minimising hydraulic oil leaks on trackless mobile machinery.
- The team has the opportunity to reduce costs, improve environmental compliance and improve the effectiveness of facetime.
- Team Rhino’s sponsor is Luyanda Xulu
- Team Rhino’s members are Luyanda Xulu, Danie Bezuidenhout, Ndumiso Mdluli, Joe Radebe, Ryno Snyman, Edgar Chiguvare, Eugene Pretorius, Dewaldt Nel, Selby Makgawa, Lucky Zwane, Kopong Mmotong, Faried Varechande, Motsamai Makoena, Benson Ranta, Shonisani Lebyeshe, Abednigo Morena, and Gerhard Marx.
Ever focussed on the goal
Focus: Reduction of failed ventilation seals
Team Leopard will overcome obstacles to reduce the number of ventilation seal failures in the underground workplaces.
- The team has the opportunity to reduce costs, improve workplace temperatures and eliminate prolonged workplace stoppages.
- Team Leopard’s sponsor is Francois van der Walt
- Team Leopard’s members are Francois van der Walt, Jimmy Moritz, Brian Yates, Salwynne Vreugdenburg, Ignatius Louw, James Mamba, Mike Maluleke, Life Sephoti, Eric Sithole, Daniel Tsamai, Kgomotso Gaborone, Shawn Njilo, and Neo Molefe
Progress through collaboration
Focus: Reducing oil contamination
Team Elephant has been tasked with reducing oil contamination in the long hole stoping drill rigs.
- The team has the opportunity to improve drill rig reliability, reduce maintenance costs, and enable increased long hole stoping production.
- Team Elephant’s sponsor is Danie Bezuidenhout
- Team Elephant’s members are Danie Bezuidenhout, Vuyo Shumani, Leon Klopper, Falakhe Diba, Zane Van Tonder, Arnoldus Coetzee, Thandiwe Mhlophe, Pako Tlale, Marius Van der Merwe, Frederick Nel, Elvis Khoza, John Kanjaluka, and Mandla Maila.
Channeling courage for change
Focus: Improving water control
Team Lion has been tasked with improving the way water is controlled in the underground workplaces.
- The team has the opportunity to reduce the number of flooded working places underground whilst improving workplace conditions and production.
- Team Lion’s sponsor is Grant Webber
- Team Lion’s members are Grant Webber, Roelof Niehaus, Yuan Prins, Johannes Van Wyk, Gary Katambayi, Bonginkosi Mabuza, Arno Du Toit, Daniel Jooste, Thys Labuschagne, and Angelo Chongo