Black Mountain Mining (BMM), part of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), has been awarded the prestigious Health and Wellness Award at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM) MineSAFE 2016 Conference for its work on the ‘Black Mountain Cataract Surgery Project’.
The award is presented to the company that “has made a significant impact on the advancement of health and wellness amongst its team members”.
Pictured with the award are (from left): Jacques Erasmus, SSD and Security Manager at BMM, and Deshnee Naidoo, CEO, Mark Munroe, COO, and Satish Kumar Krishnamoorthy, VP Projects, all of Vedanta Zinc International.
The conference, which ran from 31 August to 2 September in Ekurhuleni, aims to advance the target of zero harm by bringing together the mining industry, government and labour organisations to present on and discuss industry best practice, and to work together to improve safety in the industry. The event ends off with the Industry Awards Day.
The BMM project provides community members with cataracts who live in the Khai-ma Municipality and Namakwa District in the Northern Cape with access to sight-restoring surgery and the ability to live their lives normally again.
From its inception in September 2012, the project has completed 1 251 cases. One of the first events of 2016 ran from the 12 to 15 February resulting in sight being restored to 62 community members.
BMM General Manager André Trytsman acknowledged the contribution to the project of the Department of Health staff doctors, the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) staff, Namomed staff, Peer Educators, Ladies Forum, community and schools’ volunteers, Hope4Life caregivers and all BMM employees that volunteered.
“We thank you for helping BMM to make this project possible and aim to continue the project’s success moving forward,” said Trytsman.