Saki Macozoma has been honoured by UNISA

Safika’s non-executive chairman Saki Macozoma has been honoured by the
University of South Africa (UNISA) which has made him and former president Nelson
Mandela joint recipients of the university’s first Robben Island alumnus award. The
award, part of the Calabash awards that are UNISA’s highest honours, is to honour
those who were imprisoned by the apartheid regime because they fought against the
system of State oppression.

Professor Mandla Makhanya, UNISA’s principal and vice chancellor said that the
award was given to Mr Macozoma: “in recognition of the significant role you played
in the liberation of our country, in the development of our economy as a pioneering
business leader and in the development of our higher education system.”

Saki is Chairman of the Council on Higher Education, chairman of the University
Council of the University of the Witwatersrand and a member of the Board of
Governors of Rhodes University.

Safika’s chief executive Moss Ngoasheng is interviewed in Africa Straight Up


Safika mourns the passing of colleague Emily Soomane


The board of Safika regrets to announce the sudden death of their long-time colleague Emily Soomane who died of a stroke on Friday. Emily, 48, had worked with Safika since 1999 first as a tea lady then as a receptionist and accounts clerk.

Moss Ngoasheng, Safika’s chief executive said everyone at Safika was deeply saddened by Emily’s death.  “She was a ray of sunshine around the office,” he said.  “Emily was always cheerful and always willing to help a colleague. We will all miss her.”

Many of Safika’s staff paid tribute to Emily praising her warmth and good humour.  Prabashni Naidoo who worked with Emily for ten years said:  “She was the kind of person you looked forward to seeing every day. She was a very balanced person and was always smiling.  She was always trying to better herself and always willing to learn.  She started her Safika career as a tea lady and became a receptionist and accounts clerk and a very important member of the team.”

Emily’s colleague Flora Phiri worked side-by-side with her at Safika’s head office and said their work relationship had deepened into true friendship.  “I will always remember her for her humanity and her cheerful and caring nature,” said Flora.  “If someone was in trouble Emily would always be there for them.”

Connie Naude who worked with her since Emily joined the company said:  “She was the kind of person who would compliment you on your clothes even if you had worn the same garment many times before.  She always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She was always willing to go the extra mile in her work and equally willing to help others when they needed it.  I will MISS her something terrible.”

Nomadlozi Mlotywa, an accounts assistant said: “Truly Safika has lost an icon.   I met Emily in February and established a relationship with her as a friend, mother, advisor and colleague. With a smile she humbled herself to everyone young or old and will be missed by everyone. She was an angel.”

Executive secretary Singathwa Elise said:  “I fondly called her Sis Em. Forever sweet. People who called the office often told me that just the sound of her voice made them feel better after a ‘bad’ day.”

Emily is survived by her husband Steven, daughters, Musa, 30 and Lerato, 22, her  son Karabo 15, and grandchild, Amahle, six.

She will be buried at her home in Vosloosrus on Saturday September 29, 2012 at 11.00.

Tshipi’s new rail siding gets a place in the history books

JOHANNESBURG ( – Transnet is compiling the first-ever distributed power train for manganese, made up of 208 wagons.

The train will be loaded at the newly completed rail siding of black-controlled emerging manganese miner Tshipi é Ntle’s new project, near Kathu, in the Northern Cape.

“It’s the train of the future,” Tshipi é Ntle CEO Finn Behnken told Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of last week’s Metal Bulletin Events’ fifth Ferro-Alloy conference in Johannesburg.

Transnet Freight Rail has opted to compile the train to increase the volumes of manganese exports from Port Elizabeth and ultimately Coega.

“That train will be compiled at our railway siding,” said Behnken.

Struggle veteran Saki Macozoma is chairperson of Tshipi é Ntle, in which the black economically empowered Ntsimbintle Mining owns 50.1% and the ASX-listed and Pallinghurst-linked Jupiter Mines owns 49.9%. Pallinghurst is headed by mining luminary Brian Gilbertson.

The distributed power train makes use of the same technology that Transnet deploys down the iron-ore railway line from Sishen to Saldanha, on which 342-wagon trains travel.

Typically, the trains on the manganese general freight line to Port Elizabeth have been shorter, predominantly consisting of 104 wagons.

Transnet is poised to do the once-off trial run with a train made up of two 104-wagon sets with locomotives at the front and rear.

The locomotives communicate by radio signal with one drive-control unit managing the power.

Although the long train will be loaded with ore, it will not be Tshipi’s ore, the first of which is only scheduled to be available from the company’s Tshipi Borwa openpit project towards the end of 2012.

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Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining Wins Conservation Award

Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining (PTY) Ltd., a company in which Safika has a major stake has won a conservation award for its work in protecting endangered secretarybirds.  Tshipi is creating a new manganese mine in a remote corner of the Northern Cape.

Tshipi won the Northern Cape Raptor Conservation Award for 2012 after it partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to monitor the life and habits of a fledgling secretarybird. The secretarybird was fitted with a specially designed radio harness that allows scientists to monitor its movements as it travels around the Northern Cape.

“The award is given by the Northern Cape Raptor Conservation Forum to an organisation or person who has made an outstanding contribution to raptor conservation in the Northern Cape, said Beryl Wilson, a zoologist at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, who is working on the project.  “The award salutes the commitment to the environment shown by Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining. The work Tshipi has done sets a fine example to other mining companies, particularly because Tshipi demonstrated its commitment even before it began production.  Tshipi’s work has paved the way for us to learn why secretary birds are in trouble.”

Sagittarius serpentarius, as scientists like to call the secretarybird, is one of South Africa’s most iconic creatures; a secretarybird is even featured on the country’s coat of arms. Secretarybirds were once a common sight stalking through the South African bush but their numbers are plummeting and this year has been listed as “near threatened” in South Africa and “globally vulnerable by the International Red Data List of Threatened Species.

Tshipi é Ntle is chaired by Safika’s chairman Saki Macozoma, Safika’s chief executive Moss Ngoasheng is a director of Tshipi. Former South African Brian Gilbertson’s Jupiter Mining is also a major shareholder.  Macozoma said:  “When I was told of the plight of the secretarybirds I immediately said this was a project we should support.  The project has been a great success and is providing South African scientists with valuable information that will help us protect these vulnerable creatures.  We are proud to be working with dedicated scientists and honoured that we have won this award.”

Nontokazi Mabuza, Tshipi’s health, safety, environment and community liaison officer, who accepted the award at a function in Kimberley on Monday (March 19) said:  “From the very beginning Tshipi é Ntle was determined to be an environmentally responsible organisation.  We started the secretarybird project at the same time we started construction on our new Tshipi Borwa mine near Hotazel in the Northern Cape.  Our commitment is to create a profitable mine that will provide employment and economic benefits for the people of the Northern Cape for generations to come, to ensure that we help the human communities where the mine is situated and to help protect the environment whenever we can.”

Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining signs R1.35-billion mining contract

The new Tshipi Borwa mine in the Northern Cape took a step closer to production
today when its parent company, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Ltd.
announced the signing of a R1.35-billion open pit mining contract with Aveng
Moolmans, one of Africa’s largest open pit mining contractors.

Mokgosi Nkoana, Tshipi’s general manager, said the contract is for a 54-month
period and includes the removal of the overburden, drilling, blasting and hauling of
the manganese ore. “Preparatory work will start immediately and pre-stripping will be
underway by the end of the month,” he said.

Mr. Nkoana said the awarding of the contract to a South African company is in
line with Tshipi é Ntle’s policy of using local suppliers wherever possible. He also
indicated that Aveng Moolmans was selected as the sucessful contractor based on
its proven safety record, experienced team, service capability and competitive terms.

“We are also making good progress with the new load-out station and siding we
are constructing to ensure we meet all Transnet’s requirements to be linked into the
national rail network and now we are about to take the first steps to reaching the
manganese ore which lies 70 metres below the Kalahari surface.”

Tshipi Borwa is majority owned by Ntsimbintle Mining, (led by Saki Macozoma) and
OM Holdings Limited, in partnership with Jupiter Mining Limited. Both OM Holdings
Limited and Jupiter Mining Limited are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The
Northern Cape’s John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust is also a significant
shareholder in the project.

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Fedusa welcomes Tshipi mines job plans – Citizen

JOHANNESBURG – Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Minings plans to create 500 new jobs at its new Tshipi Borwa mine in the Northern Cape is good news for the community, the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said on Tuesday. Read more

Fedusa welcomes Tshipi mine job plans – Times Live

“Job creation in this underprivileged community is fantastic news, every employed person is in turn able to support several other people,” said Fedusa general secretary Dennis George in a statement. Read more