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VBKOM risk management consultants assist with Thabazimbi Mine closure

VBKOM risk management consultants assist with Thabazimbi Mine closure

VBKOM has just completed a Risk Management contract for the closure of the Thabazimbi Mine.

On 6 June 2015, the Thabazimbi Mine, part of Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore, experienced a significant slope failure in its major ore producing pit which effectively and figuratively was the final nail in the Thabazimbi coffin.

Since that date the process has run its course to close the 84-year-old iron ore mine in Limpopo, terminating approximately 1,100 jobs.

As part of the closure process and subsequent to the compilation of a first draft closure plan, VBKOM was contracted to assist and review the project-wide risk- and safety management practices.

VBKOM - Risk Management Consulting

In the process VBKOM facilitated a strategic closure risk assessment and delivered a holistic risk management plan spanning the closure timelines.

The Thabazimbi mine closure undertaking is a very significant endeavour given the size in terms of time and cost, and it was a wonderful learning experience to partner with the Kumba team to optimise the risk-aspects of the closure plan.

For more information about our risk management services, please contact us.



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