The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Harmony Gold Mining Company’s Noligwa Gold Plant in South Africa has been recertified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).
The Noligwa Gold Plant was initially certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in July 2007 and recertified in January 2011, July 2014, and in January 2018. 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 and was found in substantial compliance with the Cyanide Code in August 2020. The Noligwa Gold Plant’s Corrective Action Plan was posted on the Cyanide Code web site. ICMI has received and accepted a report from an independent professional third-party auditor verifying that the Corrective Action Plan has been fully implemented and that the Noligwa Gold Plant is in full compliance with the Cyanide Code. The auditor's Corrective Action Plan Completion Report is available on Harmony’s Signatory Company Page on the Cyanide Code web site: https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/harmony-gold-mining-company, and the Corrective Action Plan has been removed.
The Cyanide Code is amongst the most established certification programs in the mining sector. This voluntary industry program is focused on the safe management of cyanide by companies producing gold and/or silver and by companies producing and transporting cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Cyanide Code is intended to promote and help ensure the safe and environmentally responsible management of cyanide used within the gold and silver mining industries. Operations are assessed for compliance triennially by qualified, independent auditors.
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.