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Patrice Motsepe Unveils ARM’s Commitment to Climate Change

ARM Champions Climate Fight, Pledges Fair Transition

by Ikeoluwa Ogungbangbe
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Dr. Patrice Motsepe, the executive chairperson of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), has reiterated the mining giant’s dedication to combating climate change, emphasizing a transition that is both just and equitable. The statement came during the unveiling of the company’s latest financial outcomes, which, despite showing a dip in headline earnings, highlighted ARM’s enduring commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles.

Motsepe, speaking on ARM’s behalf, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and operates across a variety of sectors including iron-ore, manganese, platinum group metals, and coal mining, underscored the importance of aligning with global efforts to mitigate climate impact. This stance was particularly evident during his participation in the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) meeting in Miami, where the collective resolve of leading mining firms to embrace ESG commitments and work closely with community stakeholders was on full display.

A pivotal aspect of ARM’s strategy involves addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition away from coal. Motsepe highlighted the company’s initiative to retrain and repurpose the workforce currently reliant on the coal industry, ensuring they are equipped with the skills needed for a future that leans heavily towards zero emissions – a goal that is central to ARM’s long-term vision.

The appointment of Michelle Phillips as the new CEO of Transnet, South Africa’s state-owned freight and logistics company, was also mentioned as a positive development. Motsepe views this as a step in the right direction, aligning with ARM’s advocacy for meritocracy and the importance of leveraging expertise and experience within the industry to overcome current challenges.

Crucial to ARM’s operations and the broader mining sector are the roles played by Transnet and Eskom, the country’s electricity public utility. Motsepe stressed the importance of an efficient Eskom in providing affordable electricity to both the industry and South Africa’s impoverished communities. He called for a united effort to bolster Eskom’s capabilities, ensuring it remains a competitive electricity provider. This cooperative approach, according to Motsepe, is essential not only for the business aspect but also for supporting the nation’s underprivileged populations.

Despite a 43% decrease in headline earnings for the first half of its 2024 financial year, ending December 31, ARM’s financial health appears stable, with the company reporting robust net cash reserves. The interim dividend declaration, amidst these financial results, reflects ARM’s confidence in its strategic direction and its resilience in navigating the complexities of the mining sector while adhering to its ESG commitments.

ARM’s approach, as articulated by Motsepe, showcases a comprehensive strategy that not only addresses the immediate financial implications but also lays a foundation for sustainable growth and social responsibility. The company’s efforts to align with global climate objectives, coupled with its emphasis on training and development, signify a proactive stance in facing the environmental challenges of our time.

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