Environmental best practice, incorporating regulatory compliance, is a top priority at MCM, as encapsulated in our operating philosophy of "Doing it right first time".

MCM is conscious that our operations and projects could potentially have a direct and indirect impact on the environments in which we operate, and realise the importance of balancing the socio-economic potential of mining development with the potential impact it may have on the natural resources. Our
Co-existent Model, a symbiotic model, seeks to marry the sometimes divergent interests of mining development, agriculture, environment and heritage.

Our environmental management programme is based on legal compliance as a minimum, managed via a robust Environmental Management System aligned to ISO 14001 international environmental standard, the requirements of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the United Nations Global Compact. To this end MCM has introduced environmental management programmes to ensure that the impacts of MCM mining are mitigated, with a focus on water stewardship, responsible resource consumption, proactive forward-planning for sustainable mine closure, biodiversity and heritage management.

Biodiversity offset agreement for Vele Colliery

On 1 September 2011, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to protect and maintain the integrity of the Outstanding Universal Value (OuV*) of the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (MCL) near Vele Colliery in Limpopo. Significant progress has been made with the implementation of various projects since the signing of the offset agreement.