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SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR MINES ACROSS AFRICA

If managed poorly, mining can lead to environmental degradation, displaced populations and increased conflict

ABOUT US

70 years of sustainable development

support to mines and communities across Africa.

OUR

EVOLUTION

Tacmin Rafiki’s holding company​​​​​​​ was founded in 1996 by Sarel Blaauw with the specific emphasis to assist mining companies with sustainable economic solutions at open-pit mines through the provision of specialist mining, management, construction and technical services.


In 2014, Sarel Blaauw, who is also a holder of a private pilot’s licence for helicopters, founded a specialist air services company with the main emphasis on sustainable environmental solutions for open-pit mines through the provision of aerial surveys, mapping and impact assessments in support of minimising the impact that mines have on the environment.


During 2015 Tacmin’s specialist air services company formed a partnership arrangement with major owner and operator of a vast aircraft fleet who has been servicing the Oil, Gas and humanitarian air industries across Africa, a company that is also approved by the United Nations World Food Program.


In September 2015, the 193 united nations (UN) member states adopted “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development” which includes a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030

OUR

PURPOSE

In January 2016, A Preliminary Atlas – “Mapping mining to the sustainable development goals” was released to encourage mining companies of all sizes to incorporate relevant SDG’s into their business and operations, validate their current efforts and spark new ideas.


In August 2016, and given the ongoing commitment of the Tacmin Group of companies to sustainable development support for mines, a policy decision was made to commit to the United Nations “Mapping mining to the sustainable development goals”.


With a longstanding track record of economic and environmental sustainable support to mines, Tacmin’s air services subsidiary was restructured to include sustainable social solutions and appointed Dr. Tanya Robinson as CEO of the company which was renamed to Tacmin Rafiki (Swahili for “friend”)


Dr Tanya Robinson is a phenomenal researcher who obtained three doctorates in social work before the age of 36. She has shown an intense passion for contributing to society through empirical results and for proving through research that a difference can be made.​​​​​​​

OUR
ADVANTAGES

Given the unique sustainability development knowledge and experience retained by the core expertise of the Tacmin companies – Madini and Rafiki (Swahili for “Mining” & “Friend”) as well as the leadership of Dr. Robinson, an ambassador for her contribution to Society, has afforded us the opportunity to emerge as a leader in this field.   


Our core expertise comprise of professionals with a collective experience base in excess of 70 years of support and services to society, environmental and economic related matters for mines and communities across Africa.


Our wholly owned partner has been servicing the open-pit mining industry of Africa since 1996.


Our expertise and partners have a reputable and successful track record of conducting reliable business in support of communities, the mining industry and governments across Africa.


Our core expertise is Johannesburg based with access to, as well as a sound track record of dealing in the procurement and management of infrastructure and mining contractors including established suppliers of goods and aid to projects across Africa.

SUPPORTING THE 3 PILLARS OF SUSTAINABLE

DEVELOPMENT 

ECONOMICAL, SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL​​​​​​​

PROJECTS & CLIENTS

COUNTRIES​​​​​​​

Swaziland, Botswana, Mali, Ghana, DRC, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa. 

GOVERNMENTS​​​​​​​

Botswana Government, Bophuthatswana, Venda Government, Swaziland Government

Gecamines (DRC)

METHODS APPLIED​​​​​​​

Strategy & management, Design & technology, Operations improvement, Risk / impact assessment, Empirical research, Remote sensing, Economic evaluations, Construction management, Project management, Mine re-engineering.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

MINING CLIENTS​​​​​​​

African Rainbow Minerals, Tharisa Minerals, African Barrick Gold PLC, Tshipi e Ntle  (Pty) Ltd, AnglogoldAshanti, Impala Platinum, Samquarz (Pty) Ltd, Shanta Gold Ltd, Ghana Manganese Ltd, Lindum Reefs Gold  Ltd, Bayer SA, Rockwell Diamonds.

ENVIRONMENTAL

SUSTAINABLE CAPABILITY

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ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE MINE DESIGNS

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ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING

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IMPACT ASSESSMENT

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REHABILITATION DESIGN

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LAND USE MANAGEMENT

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TAILINGS MONITORING

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

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GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

ECONOMIC​​​​​​​

SUSTAINABLE CAPABILITY

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OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENT

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ECONOMIC EVALUATIONS

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

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LIFE OF MINE STUDIES

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MINE DESIGNS & IMPLEMENTATION

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HEALTH & SAFTEY

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MINEABILITY REVIEWS

SOCIAL​​​​​​​

SUSTAINABLE CAPABILITY

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EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

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IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

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COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS

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SOCIAL PHSYCOLOGY

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PUBLIC SPEAKING

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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PROCUREMENT

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PROJECT ECONOMICS