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Environmental issues

There were no environmental incidents reported at Somkhele for the period ended 30 June 2012. Fall-out dust levels and background noise measurements were determined by the Health and Occupational Hygiene Laboratory and all measurements were within recommended levels.

The limits for particulate matter as prescribed by SANS 1929 indicate an allowable daily average limit of 75 μg/m3 (0.075mg/m3). Levels measured at Somkhele did not exceed the above limit and averaged from 0.007 mg/m3 to 0.047 mg/m3 during the period.  The mine continued to monitor water levels in its area of responsibility, with results all within accepted standards.