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Donations at Christmas

On the eve of the New Year and Christmas holidays, the Borov Dol and Bucim mines donated New Year’s gifts and food packages, in order to contribute to the beautification of the upcoming holidays, to bring joy to the children and local residents of nearby communities.

By donating 100 packages of food products to the Municipal Organization Red Cross – Radovish, intended for socially disadvantaged families from the municipality of Radovish and the municipality of Konce, the mines Borov Dol and Bucim started the traditional Christmas donations. Over the past two weeks, the managers of Bucim and Borov Dol visited the kindergartens in Radovish and Konce, the users of the Daily Center for People with Intellectual Disabilities Poraka, the youngest members of the wrestling club Bucim and made them happy with New Year’s gifts. 

The distribution of New Year’s packages for the children of the employees is a long-standing tradition. The mines also donated Christmas packages to the Municipal Red Cross – Radovish for the youngest members of socially vulnerable families in Radovish, to the Association of Turkish Humanitarian and Cultural Activities, the Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities from Radovish and Konce “Mobility”, as well as the children of socially vulnerable families in Konce.

“Every child’s smile is a great joy. During the holiday period, we tried to make the children happy, to create beautiful holiday moments and to help socially vulnerable families. The holidays are a moment for new hope and new faith that a better and more successful year is ahead for all of us,” explained Ivica Karapetrov, acting General Manager of Borov Dol.

Bucim and Borov Dol traditionally, on the eve of the New Year’s and Christmas holidays, give New Year’s packages to the youngest members of their local communities. This year, more than 1,000 Christmas packages were distributed, in order to bring many children smiles and add to beautiful holiday moments and memories.

“The holidays are a time when we wish each other a lot of health, a lot of joy and a lot of happiness for the coming year. The greatest and most important is the joy and happiness of children. With the desire to beautify their holidays by giving them New Year’s gifts, we tried to contribute to the festive atmosphere”, added Oleg Chusovitin, General Manager of Bucim.

The mines as before, and in the future, will continue with the realization of humanitarian and socially responsible activities, to improve and enhance the life of local communities. This year, the New Year’s donations were completed with the allocation of funds in the amount of €5,000 to the Daily Center for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Poraka, for improving the building. 

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Environmental monitoring of the artificial lake Mantovo

Radovish, 28 December 2021 – With an understanding that all facts must be presented before any direct accusations are made targeted at DPTU Borov Dol DOOEL Radovish with regard to pollution of the artificial lake-accumulation Mantovo in the Municipality of Konce, we hereby inform the public of the following:

Information was published in the public domain on 27 December 2021 about potential contamination from the operation of the Borov Dol mine. On 28 December 2021, at the indicated locations, in the presence of the Mayor of Konce, Acting General Manager of Borov Dol, an employee of AD Vodostopanstvo Radovishko  Pole, the mine’s expert teams, together with the competent bodies from the State Inspectorate of Environment (SEI), performed field inspection. Samples of water and soil were also collected in order to assess the presence of potentially harmful chemicals, as well as to determine their type.

Water and soil samples were submitted for further detailed laboratory tests in accredited laboratories and will be processed as soon as possible. The results of the analysis will be submitted to the competent authorities, and they will be publicly announced. 

Additionally, on 29 December 2021, the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI) conducted an additional field inspection to check the state of the environment in the indicated places, as well as to collect samples for further analysis and determination of the actual situation on the ground.

The Borov Dol copper mine operates in accordance with the established norms and standards of the environmental protection system according to its A-Integrated environmental permit, which includes working conditions, duties, measures and activities to be taken into account for environmental protection. At the same time, the mine regularly monitors its environmental impacts and submits frequent reports to the competent institutions responsible for oversight.

DPTU Borov Dol DOOEL Radovish prioritizes operating transparently and responsibly. The mine provides transparent, open access to information and field inspections performed by all institutions to civil society organizations, as well as the local population and the media, for further clarification or response to any inquiries from the public or stakeholders.

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Support for the centuries-old cultural and state heritage

In order to contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage in North Macedonia, which celebrates the cultural identity of the Macedonian people, the Borov Dol mine donated goods and services valued at approximately €14,000 during the second half of 2021. 

For the development of the economy of the Monastery “St. Gavril Lesnovski” in the village Lesnovo, Probistip, which is based on the production of cow and sheep milk, Borov Dol helped the newly built monastery’s modern farm and barn for breeding and milking cows, and donated a generator for electricity production and power supply to the farm for the organic production of milk. This facilitates the whole process of the monastery fraternity of the Lesnovo Monastery, consisting of three monks who independently maintain and renovate the monastery complex, which has an important place in Macedonian cultural history and is key to the development of rural tourism in the region.

Over the past few months, the Borov Dol mine, in line with its commitment to supporting the traditions of the people and cultural heritage, procured copper sheet metal in August for the needs of the Monastery “Holy Mother of God” in Kichevo. It was used to complete the construction of the monastery fountain by covering the roof with copper. In November, the road connecting the village of Injevo with the Monastery “St. Archangel Michael” in Radovish was paved, providing access to the monastery for the celebration in honor of the patron saint of the monastery, the Feast of St. Archangel Michael. This feast is one of the biggest Christian holidays when locals celebrate their protector.

Our country has a rich cultural heritage which is of immeasurable importance. It should be protected, preserved and maintained as a lasting pledge for future generations. We recognize the importance of protecting and preserving our shared cultural heritage and its significance. For these reasons, we will continue with such support, which is essential, because they contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage in the country, as well as to the sustainable development of communities. Investing in cultural heritage has a reciprocal effect on overall development. Apart from the spiritual significance and cultural importance, the cultural heritage is also an important resource for encouraging the economic and tourist development of rural communities,” said Ivica Karapetrov, acting General Manager of Borov Dol.

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Green Environmental Improvements

DPTU Borov Dol DOOEL Radovish is committed to promoting environmentally sustainable development in its operational processes and activities. Within its competencies, and in accordance with its program of activities in the field of environmental protection, the mine carried out afforestation on the territory of its concession area.

In cooperation with PE National Forests’ subsidiary Plachkovica in Radovish, the copper mine Borov Dol, implemented afforestation this year of the bare area near the dam located in the area of the technological water treatment plant. 500 seedlings were planted on an area of ​​817 m2, of which 200 black pine seedlings and 300 acacia. The expert team from Plachkovica made the selection of afforestation seedlings and played an active role, particularly in field preparation and providing professional assistance, in order to obtain optimal results.

The greening of this area, in addition to contributing to the preservation of biodiversity, will help mitigate the erosive processes, as well as prevent further occurrence of torrents in the catchment area of ​​Penliv Dol and Kriva Lakavica River. The seedlings will also protect against water erosion, which is particularly pronounced in rainy seasons.

Reasonable use of natural resources and proper management – that is our motto. We carry out our activities through proactive participation and constant communication regarding the environment with all partners, institutions, and civil associations. Our operational plans include preventive measures and activities that provide protection for and improvement of the surrounding environment. This is a continuation our pledge to care for the environment. With the implementation of the afforestation program, we are greening bare lands, which will improve the local ecosystem, as well as reduce or stop erosive processes,” explained Pavlo Krivinsky, General Manager of Borov Dol.

Moving forward, in cooperation with PE National Forests, the Municipality of Radovish, and civil associations, other locations in the immediate vicinity of the mine will also be afforested, in order to renew the burned green areas in the village of Damjan, Radovish which were affected by the recent forest fires.

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Borov Dol mine supports first solidarity action day in North Macedonia

The Borov Dol mine, in cooperation with the Macedonian NGO “Youth Can” and the German foundation “Schuler Helfen Leben”, supported the global initiative Solidarity Action Day – Social Day, which was held for the first time this year in North Macedonia.

A total of 26 high school students had the opportunity for one day be a part of the Borov Dol team and experience the work dynamics in the mine, by performing the duties of a geologist, environmental engineer, head of finance and accounting, accounting officer, head of human resources, chief energy officer, head of commerce, operator in dispatch center, OSH engineer, head of production technical department, chief mechanical engineer, secretary, and archivist.

Students from the high school “Slavcho Stojmenski” in Stip and from the high school “Kosta Susinov” in Radovish, in addition to having the opportunity to learn something more about the tasks and responsibilities at work, also had the opportunity to experience potential areas for future employment and further education. The one-day work engagement enabled the teens to become acquainted with jobs they may wish to pursue in the future, learn something more about the chosen profession, gain work experience in real conditions, connect acquired theoretical knowledge with practical skills, and at the same time gain an expanded opportunity for choosing professions and perceiving opportunities for professional and career development through the sharing of expertise, knowledge and experiences by the employees of Borov Dol. In addition to performing their duties, the students had the opportunity to explore the mine and get acquainted with the overall work process at Borov Dol.

“We are open for cooperation which contributes to the support and development of youth initiatives. We were honored to take part in the first Social Day in North Macedonia, which promotes solidarity and activism among young people. Borov Dol “hired” 26 high school students, who were all given the opportunity through their appointed mentors to become better acquainted with the real work that goes on inside the mine. We hope we have been able to broaden students’ horizons in the context of their future professional aspirations, and have encouraged them to start thinking about their career paths. We are especially glad the daily wage they received for working on this day will be donated to a youth fund that supports a range of youth initiatives,” said Pavlo Krivinsky, General Manager of Borov Dol.

Solidarity Action Day is a day in which high school students replace a school day with a work day, with students donating their per diem to a fund to support the implementation of youth projects. On this day, students are given the opportunity to work at a job of heir choice instead of going to school. The purpose of Social Day is to establish solidarity among young people during their school days, to inspire active citizenship, and sustainable social development led by young people.

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Support for youth and athletic activities in Radovish

Responsible operations, social responsibility, and sustainable development are all key pillars of the business culture at the Bucim mine. 

Within its commitment to improving local athletic conditions for sports clubs and athletes alike, Bucim mine provided financial support in the amount of 2.7 million denars to the handball club RK Radovish. The mine also provided sponsorships and donations in support of the wrestling club “Bucim-Radovish” and other local sports clubs in the town of Radovish.

Bucim mine continues to invest and support better athletics opportunities in its local community. This is supported by the company’s corporate social policy, which is committed to investing in socially beneficial projects, activities, and organizations which improve the quality of life in local communities while also promoting healthy lifestyles.

“Sport is an important enabler of sustainable development. Bucim supports the development of talented young athletes, clubs, and athletic events, through sponsorships and donations, in order to help achieve athletic success, to build healthier future generations, a healthy community, and sports pride in Radovish,” said Oleg Chusovitin, General Manager of Bucim.

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Borov Dol provided transportation for students from Konce to school in Radovish

The Borov Dol mine is providing transportation for 55 high school students from the municipality of Konce to the school in Radovish, until the end of the first semester of the school year (31 December 2021). 

Meeting the demands of the Municipality of Konce and solving the problem faced by the municipality, parents and students, as there is no formally organized transportation for students, which is a legal obligation of the schools where students are enrolled, the mine will continue to cover the costs for transportation of studentsfrom Konce attending the high school in Radovish. The students are provided a weekly schedule for the free school transport.

With the beginning of the school year in September, the free school transport was not provided to the students. Some students were left without transportation and would not have been able to attend classes, which is inadmissible. As an active social partner intensively involved in supporting community development, we will continue to cover the cost of student transportation, as this problem has not yet been resolved. Education is an important segment for the development of the community. All children should be provided with accessible and quality education,” said Pavlo Krivinsky, General Manager of Borov Dol.

Borov Doll’s corporate social responsibility is in line with the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The mine is committed to acting in support of Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to making an active contribution towards their achievement. This attitude implies an approach to work that goes beyond the traditional notions of caring for the core business and legal obligations, and is geared towards appropriate action.

Bucim press release

Defect notification at Bucim mine

Today, at 08:45 AM, at defect in the pipeline cover occurred at Bucim mine. This defect caused a temporary leakage of a small amount of flotation tailings into the Topolnicka River.

The mine’s expert teams reacted immediately to repair the defect. The leakage was stopped and the situation was normalized. The defect has been resolved, the riverbed of the Topolnicka River has also been cleaned. 

In addition, acting in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Environmental Protection and IPPC permit,the responsible authorities were notified and informed by the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI). An on-site inspection is currently underway by the SEI. 

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Field inspection of the operation of the Borov Dol mine

In order to inform the media, and first and foremost the affected public, with the work, rights and obligations of DPTU Borov Dol DOOEL Radovish, we would like to inform that on 18.10.2021, the responsible bodies of the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI) conducted an inspection on the basis of a reported leak.

The field inspection was performed at the indicated locations, where in the presence of the competent authorities, samples were taken from the water in the surface watercourse Penliv Dol to determine the actual situation with regard to the potential presence of pollutants in the water. This inspection sought to check for any potential contamination from the Borov mine. The samples were submitted for laboratory tests in accredited laboratories, and the findings from the analyses will be submitted in a timely manner to the competent authorities and presented to the public.

To date, there has not been an environmental incident in the operations of the Borov Dol mine. The working activities of the mine are carried out in accordance with the established norms and standards of the system for environmental protection according to the IPPC permit, which includes the working conditions, duties, measures, and activities that should be taken into account for the protection of environment. The mine continuously monitors its impact on the environment and in its operations behave carefully and responsibly, in order to avoid and prevent environmental pollution.

DPTU Borov Dol DOOEL Radovish is a responsible company, open for cooperation with all competent institutions at the state and local levels, as well as for communication with representatives of civil society organizations and the local population, and is also available to the media, for any clarification or response at any time. 

Bucim press release

Official statement of DPTU “Bucim” DOO Radovish regarding a fatal accident

On 13 October 2021 at 11:43 AM, a fatal accident occurred in the flotation unit of the Bucim DOO Radovish copper mine, during which two people died.

The victims are subcontractors from the Mountaineering Club Plocha in Radovish who were brought on site to clean the silos. First aid was immediately performed by Bucim’s medical staff at the scene of the accident, and the victims were transferred to the Health Center in Radovish and PHI Clinical – Hospital Stip, where the two deaths were confirmed.

Bucim management immediately notified all relevant authorities who swiftly arrived at the scene of the accident. The emergency services and responsible government agencies are currently performing a thorough investigation. Bucim is cooperating fully in this process. A commission has been formed to assess the cause of the accident. The results of the investigation will be announced as soon as its findings are available.

“Bucim” DOO Radovish expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased.