The opening and closing of mining operations has a lasting impact on the surrounding environment and relevant communities which cannot be ignored. There is great importance in properly engaging with stakeholders and the management of this aspect for mines but it might be worthwhile to note some of the impacts these communities face when mining operations open or close.
In this two-part post we will look at six social issues communities face as a result of mining operations which need to be addressed by mining companies in their social impact assessments.
The possibility of a mine opening presents many opportunities for employment in the surrounding community which is good. The challenge comes in when there is a large influx of job seekers to the community and not enough employment opportunities on the project. Similarly, when a mining operation closes many people are left without work. This often leads to other social issues such as crime etc.
xMMP (exploration, Mining & Minerals Processing) is a mining “ERP” solution that covers the Total Life of Mine (‘LOM’). Managing mineral rights (tenements) claims, exploration, drilling, EPCM for the development phase, actual mining, stockpiles, plant, shipping and dispatching all the way to mine rehabilitation.
Insufficient housing and accommodation
One of the greatest social challenges in new mining communities is often insufficient housing. With more people coming into a given community to work on the mines, there is a greater need for appropriate accommodation to house all of these new community members who often do not leave once the project has been completed but continue to live there which makes providing permanent housing structures, essential.
Increased pressure on infrastructure and services
The rapid growth spurt in new mining communities often results in increased pressure on the infrastructure and services of the local community. It is essential that mining companies work with the communities as well as the local government to make provision for services and infrastructure which includes health and education facilities, water, electricity, sewerage, waste and recreation.
Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at three more social issues communities face as a result of mining operations opening or closing, which needs to be addressed by mining companies in their social impact assessments.
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