Mining and metals operations and the community are inseparable and operators now more than ever recognise that they need to bring host communities along with them on their road to prosperity, if they want to successfully operate in the area of that particular community.
Surrounding communities generally develop around a mine and become dependent on the economic opportunities generated by it, especially within isolated rural areas which is why it is essential to conduct a social impact assessment (SIA).
The aim of a SIA is to identify and mitigate both the positive and adverse social impacts that may arise from the establishment of a mine. Regardless of how you choose to draw up your social management plan every SIA starts with the same four basic steps.
During this phase the mine undertakes a broad analysis of the social environment affected by its operations. This step focuses on identifying and defining the communities that will be affected by the operation, consulting with these communities to identify the potential social issues and the socio-economic environment.
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.
Profiling of the community
During the profiling phase the mine conducts interviews and surveys in order to determine the baseline socio-economic characteristics of the affected community This is done in order to get a thorough and true understanding of the communities needs in order to develop suitable community development initiatives.
Assessment of impacts
Using the results of the profiling phase, the mine then assesses the potential socio-economic impacts. The impacts should be defined in terms of their extent, nature, duration, profitability, status and significance.
Formulation of a community development action plan
Based on the results of the profiling phase and the impact assessment phase, the mine should then formulate the community development or local economic development plan. The focus of the plan is to indicate how the mine will implement sustainable community development and social upliftment in its affected communities.
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