The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Harmony Gold Mining Company’s Kusasalethu Plant, located in South Africa, has been recertified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code). The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program focused on the safe and environmentally responsible management of cyanide by companies producing gold and/or silver and by companies manufacturing, warehousing, and transporting cyanide.
The Kusasalethu Plant was initially certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in September 2010 and recertified in May 2014 and in November 2017. As required under the Cyanide Code, the mine was again audited against ICMI's Verification Protocol within three years of its previous certification by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report, which found that the Kusasalethu Plant had maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Standards of Practices since its previous certification. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on Harmony Gold Mining Company’s Signatory Page on the Cyanide Code website: https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/harmony-gold-mining-company. The operation must be re-audited every three years to evaluate continuing compliance with the Cyanide Code.
The Cyanide Code was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee, and is amongst the most established certification programs in the mining sector. The Cyanide Code is intended to complement an operation’s existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdiction in which the operation is located.
ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process for operations using, producing, and transporting cyanide. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies’ applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org. We invite you to read our 2019 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.