Mining Charter Scorecard

All mining rights holders in South Africa (including South Deep as the mining rights holder) are required to submit an annual compliance assessment to the DMR on progress made against meeting the annual targets in the Mining Charter.

Gold Fields has updated its Mining Charter performance and compliance in line with an online scorecard created by the DMR in early 2015. The 2016 scorecard is shown alongside.

Gold Fields’ BEE ownership transactions are detailed on our website at>investors in our 2013 annual reports.

Element     Description   How we measure up   Mining Charter compliance target by 2016   Progress against 2016 Mining Charter targets
  • Reporting
    Report on the level of compliance with the Revised Charter for the calendar year   Documentary proof of receipt from the DMR   Annually   South Deep annual submission
  • Ownership
    Minimum target for effective HDSA ownership   Meaningful economic participation   26%   35%
  • Housing and living conditions
    Conversion and upgrading hostels to attain the occupancy rate of one person per room

Conversion and upgrading hostels into family units

Percentage reduction of occupancy rate towards 2014 target



Occupancy rate of one person per



0.93 person per room ratio


Percentage conversion of hostels into family units Family units established 100%
  • Procurement and enterprise development
    Procurement spent on BEE entity

Multi-national suppliers’ contribution to the social fund

Capital goods








Services 70% 81%
Consumable goods 50% 83%
Annual spend on procurement from multi-national suppliers 0.5% of procurement value 0.77%
  • Employment equity
    Diversificatio of the workplace to reflect the country’s demographics to attain competitiveness   Top management (Board)



Senior management1 40% 60%
Middle management 40% 60%
Junior management 40% 54%
Core and critical skills2 40% 71%
  • Human resources development
    Developing requisite skills, including support for South Africa-based research and development initiatives intended to develop solutions in exploration, mining, processing, technology, mining, beneficiation as well as environmental conservation   Human resources development expenditure as a percentage of total annual payroll (excluding mandatory skills development levy.)   5%   9.65% (R180.6m)
  • Mine community development
    Conduct ethnographic community consultative and collaborative processes to delineate community needs analysis   Implement approved community projects   Up-to-date project implementation   83% project implementation (not assured).
R55.6m was spend on socio-economic development (SED) (including Community Trusts). 20.32% of the SED spend (R11.3m), was spent on implementation of community projects, approved in the SLP.
  • Sustainable development and growth
  • Improvement in the industry’s environmental management
  • Implementation of approved environmental management programmes (EMPs)




An EMP performance assessment was undertaken in Q1 2016. The assessment was conducted by ECO Partners consulting in terms of Regulation 55 of the MPRDA. The results of the assessment were submitted to the DMR in 04/2016.

South Deep is also ISO 14001 certified, which assists in tracking the implementation of the EMP commitments. In addition, the mine commissions annual reviews of the mine closure cost estimates, using independent expert.
  • Improvement of the industry’s mine health and safety performance
  • Implementation of tripartite action plan on health and safety
100% 86%
  • Utilisation of South Africa-based research facilities for analysis of samples across the mining value
  • Percentage of samples in South African facilities
100% 100%
  • Beneficiation
    Contribution towards beneficiation   Added production volume contribution to local value addition beyond the baseline   Section 26 of MPRDA
(% of above baseline)
  Current regulations and guidelines are not clear in relation to the baseline levels and targets. However, Gold Fields has made a capital intensive investment in our smelting facility at South Deep, which adds significant value to the gold being mined as well as creating jobs. Gold Fields also owns 2.76% of Rand Refinery, which has established the ‘Gold Zone’. The aim is for the Gold Zone to become a major hub for precious metals fabrication in South Africa for global export, while at the same time assisting local communities with skills development (including beneficiation).

1 Includes members of the SA Regional Executive Committee and the South Deep mine Executive Committee
2 Core skills include A, B and C graded employees in the miner and artisan categories as well as officials with core skills for mining and/or working in a core mining area(s)