Protecting natural habitats
We take our responsibility to mitigate environmental damage, protect biodiversity and enhance conservation efforts seriously. Our commitment is to protect the biodiversity of indigenous flora and fauna surrounding our mine.
We recognise that mining could disrupt ecosystems significantly and negatively impact wildlife populations. Bioremediation has become a critical part of our conservation and environmental damage mitigation efforts.
Since 2015, Letšeng has rolled out a bi-annual mammal monitoring protocol to monitor our potential adverse impacts, as well as the positive effects of the mine’s conservation and management actions. Collection records for the 2020 survey cycle showed nine mammal species across the mine lease area, including three species listed as near threatened (regionally and globally), namely the endangered Maluti stream frog, Vaal rhebok and southern African vlei rat. The persistent presence of large and medium-sized animals (such as the black-backed jackal and Vaal rhebok) across the four survey periods is encouraging and is evidence of the efficacy of the conservation actions and management programmes at the mine. The mine lease area provides a form of protection for these animals. Furthermore, the recent discovery of a Maluti stream frog colony at the Qa Qa wetland, the abundance of rodents, notably the Slogget's rat and the Natal mole rat, is evidence of stable wetland habitats.