Mining & Resources

Letsema understands the South African mining landscape, and works with our clients in an integrated and holistic manner to deliver impact at both the strategic and operational level in your business. We are able to bring leading practices and thinking that can be adapted to address your most critical needs.

We have supported numerous mining clients across a number of solution areas including the following:

  • Supply Chain optimisation and Supplier Development;
  • Sustainability development and organisation design;
  • Building high performing teams; and
  • Logistics options analysis and recommendation.

Letsema’s mining service include:

  • Strategy and Growth

    • Business Strategy formulation
    • Operating models
    • Organizational re-structuring
    • Cost reduction strategies
    • People performance increase
    • Strategy workshops facilitation
    • Sales & Branding programs
    • Feasibility studies

  • Enterprise and Supplier Development

    • ED and SD strategy
    • ED and SD scorecard and BEE reporting/ Contractual advisory
    • Supplier development and growth and localization
    • Spend analysis and Supplier analysis, monitoring & reporting

  • Supply Chain, Sourcing and Logistics

    • Supply chain strategy
    • Strategic sourcing/ procurement
    • Preferential procurement
    • Overall cost reduction solutions
    • Operational improvements
    • Mine to port value chain optimization
    • Moving down the cost curve
    • Beneficiation strategy

  • Sustainability

    • Sustainability strategy
    • Long term supplier sustainability
    • Climate Change, environment management, Carbon Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies
    • Long term sustainability models and programme management

  • Transformations and Partnerships

    • Transformation and change strategy
    • BBBEE strategy, reporting, transactions and advisory
    • Partnership / JV transactions
    • Advisory services
    • Change management
    • Legal advisory on BBEEE/ JV transactions

  • Stakeholder Management

    • Stakeholder management and engagement
    • BBBEE advisory
    • Government and community relationship management and reporting

  • Community Development

    • Economic Development Strategy
    • Impact of business on environment, community, social
    • Community Development
    • Formation of Trusts and community engagement program

  • Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting

    • Mining Sustainability Audits
    • Monitoring spend and intervention strategies
    • Evaluation of supplier responses against targets
    • Reporting on performance, cost savings on initiatives

Project Examples

Supply chain and strategic sourcing

A major operational platinum mine needed Letsema’s assistance in the development of a supplier sourcing strategy and needed procurement transactional support. A Maverick spend analysis, supplier consolidation and commodity was conducted. This resulted in the establishment of mechanisms to facilitate the change and drive team cohesion for a newly created centralised strategic sourcing unit.

Sustainability and community development

A client’s aim was to develop a revised strategy for a Mining Trust to improve impact within the local community. Letsema was tasked to develop an operating model and a revised strategy to enable the Trust strategy whilst identifying suitable sustainability projects. Letsema conducted various diagnostic strategies, strategy revisions, an operating model was designed and was accompanied with a clear governance model. As a result we designed and implemented a program management office and structure to enable implementation of a large platinum mine.  Strategies for a joint venture and Mining Trust were implemented to improve impact within the local communities. PMO set-up, tracking and monitoring, stakeholder engagement was established with further recommendations to enhance sustainability factors at a mine.

Operational and Logistics efficiency

A client needed assistance with logistics and route optimisation in order to move 3 grades of export anthracite to a port. Letsema established a Sub-Sahara feasibility study for logistics of an anthracite mine in Kwazulu-Natal. Letsema helped the client to fast track the implementation of the operational plans whilst maintaining coordination across a community empowerment programme.