The Mining Division in Phalaborwa was the first South African operation to receive certification by the South African National Standards (SANS) Bureau for its progressive HIV/AIDS programme, in 2008. SANS 16001, derived from the ISO, is the national best practice benchmark for workplace HIV/AIDS programmes. The Acid Division in Richards Bay attained its certification for the first time in November 2008 and has since successfully retained it.
The SANS 16001: 2007 processes are relatively new to most mines. The following five-step programme is entailed:
Evaluating the implemented interventions for efficacy, outcomes, achievement of success criteria and return on investment, as well as compliance with SANS 1600