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Stakeholder Engagement

Paladin considers its stakeholders [5] to include both those who have the potential to be impacted by and those that could impact on a project. As such, and reflective of the diverse range of environments and communities where Paladin operates or has interests, the Company has a broad range of stakeholders, including the following:

  • Community members and groups
  • Non-Government Organisations, Environmental Groups and Civil Society Organisations
  • Government Ministers and Departments in host countries
  • Indigenous organisations and representatives
  • Employees and their representative organisations
  • Paladin shareholders and employees
  • Industry Groups

Paladin regularly consults and engages with its stakeholders, recognising the importance of listening to and understanding the issues raised by them so that the Company can respond effectively. Stakeholder consultation is undertaken through formal and structured meetings as well as through informal and ad hoc communication. Both LHM and KM have established and maintain stakeholder registers that were initially developed during the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes conducted for both operations. The registers are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

Table 1 presents the number of formal stakeholder meetings that LHUPL (LHM) and PAL (KM) held during the reporting period. In addition, numerous ad hoc meetings are held between Paladin personnel and various stakeholders that are informal in nature and, hence, not captured in Table 1 below. Consultation is discussed in relevant sections of this Report, such as in the Local Communities section.

Table 1: Frequency of Formal [6] Stakeholder Meetings by Stakeholder Group

Stakeholder Group

LHM

KM

  2015/2016 2014/2015 2015/2016 2014/2015
Community 0 1 4 18
Environmental Forum/Groups 4 2[7] 2 0
Civil Society Organisations 6 0 0 6
Government 6 7 7 18
Employees 14 52 0 3
Other 0 36[8] 0 -

Total

  98 13 45

 

LHM

The discussion with the community stakeholder group at LHM related to the identification of potential community projects, resulting in two projects proposed to be implemented. Employee consultation during the reporting period was mostly related to the Recognition and Procedural Agreement (RPA). The RPA details the partnership between LHUPL and The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) and sets out the standards by which the two parties will deal with all relevant matters pertaining to employee concerns. MUN and LHUPL liaised on the RPA concluding with both parties agreeing in principle to the Agreement, which was signed in July 2016. Government discussion and liaison during the reporting period focused on the skills shortage and potential short term solutions to address the current skills shortage in the region.

KM

Consultation with the local community at KM is formalised by using the District Executive Committee (DEC) stakeholder meetings, which are organised by the Karonga District Commissioner’s Office. The meetings are attended by local representatives of Government Ministries, traditional authorities, Karonga-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs), church organisations and local media. DEC meetings are used by PAL and other organisations as a community information and consultative forum and to answer stakeholder questions or concerns. Four DEC meetings were attended by Paladin personnel during the reporting period and 7 meetings were held with various Government Department personnel.  

Meetings are held on a regular but mostly informal basis with the Kayelekera village leadership, the Karonga District Commissioner, traditional authorities and their advisors, as well as the leadership of Kangome, which is the Karonga main non-governmental organisation. Paladin’s representatives are in regular contact with the District Education Manager, District Health Administrator and the District Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The consultation forums allow open communication between local stakeholders and the company community team representatives in the area. Community consultation during the reporting period included concerns relating to dust in the Kayelekera school area from the truck transporting coal from the nearby coal mine, the proposed water treatment and discharge at the KM, and the construction of the medical clinic in the Kayelekera village.  

The numerous meetings held to discuss and brief various stakeholders were not all captured as formal meetings and therefore not accounted for in Table 1.


[5] Stakeholders are people or institutions that are affected, or may be affected, by the Company’s activities or can affect the activities of the Company.

[6] Numerous ad hoc meetings are held between Paladin personnel and stakeholders that are not necessarily captured as formal meetings, hence the numbers of formal meetings vary somewhat from year to year.

[7] Meetings held with a small group of Swakop farmers

[8] Meetings mainly with key suppliers and contractors in relation to tariffs and contract terms and conditions.

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