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28 Oct 2015

  • This issue of Optima is a special one. After more than 60 years of sharing the views of global current-affairs experts and striving for informative and influential journalism, this is the final edition of Optima in its printed form. It is now time to grasp the many opportunities digital and social channels offer us to develop and share thought leadership.
  • Since 1951, Optima has been our flagship publication; one in which we foster debate and invite a diverse range of views about mining and Anglo American. More than that – we have shared forward-thinking ideas covering a diverse range of topics, from geopolitics to sustainable development, climate change, innovation and many more.
  • Many respected voices found a home in Optima, including John (Lord) Browne, Sir Paul Collier, Sir James Dyson, Nadine Gordimer, John Ruggie, Sir Martin Sorrell, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Hernando de Soto and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • In this issue, you will be able to find a selection of Optima covers detailing the magazine’s evolution as well as articles on mining investment, our flagship platinum mine, exploration and interviews with the World Bank’s Anita Marangoly George and former ICMM President Tony Hodge.

16 Dec 2014

  • Throughout our industry and in the wider world, we’re increasingly seeing technology providing solutions to age-old problems and those caused by mankind’s activity on the planet.
  • Picking up on the theme explored by our chairman Sir John Parker in the last issue of Optima, inventor and entrepreneur Sir James Dyson argues that it is the engineers at the forefront of innovation, rather than politicians, who will save the planet (page 20).
  • But will technology lead to a world in which machines ultimately put many people out of work? That’s an issue explored in The Second Machine Age, reviewed by Simon Jary (page 48), which claims we are on the brink of a revolution in digital technology that will make the Industrial Revolution seem as significant as an iPhone update.
  • But for that technology to develop successfully, the world still needs extractive industries and the commodities they produce (page 28). As well as a number of ‘rare earth’ minerals, mined mostly in China, today’s smartphones utilise more traditional metals such as copper and nickel.
  • Ensuring those resources are extracted viably is a constant challenge and here again, technology is helping us, notably in Australia at our new Grosvenor facility (page 40) but also in Minas-Rio, which recently shipped its first cargo of iron ore to China.
  • And while our diamond business braces itself for a widening gap between supply and demand (page 32), we learn there are fundamental issues to be addressed in South Africa if the country is to capitalise on its rich seam of resources (page 6).

01 Aug 2014

  • Providing an ever-growing world population with food, water and energy is one of the biggest challenges facing us in the 21st century. In an interview with Anglo American’s chairman, Sir John Parker, hear why he believes more engineers are needed to overcome the challenges ahead.
  • New standards have been launched by the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, with the aim of certifying mining that respects human rights, provides safe, healthy workplaces, minimises harm to the environment and leaves positive legacies.
  • Charlotte Mathews, mining journalist for Financial Mail and Business Day in Johannesburg, writes about how the reconfiguration at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen pit is securing its future for years to come.
  • David Turner writes on Anglo American’s ambitious shift in strategy, which aims to generate more value by marketing its products better. Creating an efficient flow all the way from the mine to the market.

01 Dec 2013

  • Diamonds and good governance have transformed Botswana from one of Africa's poorest countries to one of the world's fastest-growing economies. In an exclusive interview with Optima, Botswana Reserve Bank Governor, Linah Mohohlo, discusses how the country has avoided the 'resource curse' and is ensuring that the diamond dividend is reinvested in Botswana's future.
  • Paul Collier, professor of economics and director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, writes about the importance of the private sector to Africa's post-commodity super-cycle progress.
  • The world judges mining operations both by what they take and what they leave behind. Martin Beaver explains that mining companies are learning how to extract worth from an area without leaving it worthless in his article on land stewardship.
  • Adriaan Laubscher writes about how automation may be making mines safer and more productive places to work. Combining operator creativity and automation precision will provide optimal performance.

01 Jul 2013

  • As Anglo American marks 40 years in Brazil, Norman Barber, Optima's Editor, traces the company's development in the country from gold at Serra do Jacobina to iron ore at Minas-Rio.
  • UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights set a global standard for responsible corporate behaviour, with more and more businesses recognising their responsibility to respect human rights goes beyond legal compliance – and the mining industry is in the vanguard.
  • Anglo American's new coal-munching 'Shongololo' ('millipede) is improving safety for miners and challenging production norms in South Africa. Optima tracks down the beast with a big appetite.
  • How understanding psychology in economics can help brands build instinctive trust. Rory Sutherland, vice-chairman of advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather, probes probity and explains why he'd sooner trust a taxi driver than a banker.

01 Dec 2012

  • As Anglo American continues the process to integrate De Beers into its Group structure, Philippe Mellier, chief executive of the world’s leading diamond company, talks to Claire Adler about the company’s heritage and its future at a transformational time.
  • India’s rapid growth earlier in this century has now slowed considerably, and major changes are needed to ensure the slowdown does not become permanent. Vijay Joshi, former economic advisor to the Indian government, is seeking a new wave of reforms to set the country in the right direction.
  • Working in hostile environments and with an industry-average discovery rate of one find for every thousand drill targets, exploring for resources can be a frustrating mission. But persistence and creative thinking are giving Anglo American an edge.
  • Municipalities are not always prepared for a large mining project’s impact on their social and physical infrastructure. In South Africa and Brazil, Anglo American is partnering with governments and NGOs to ensure councils and communities embrace and are ready for such change.

01 Jul 2012

  • This year marks Cynthia Carroll's fifth year as chief executive of Anglo American. In this interview by Martyn Lewis she reflects on her time at the company and shares her views on partnerships, politics and the industry’s opportunities.
  • Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame discusses plans already making a difference to the continent’s prosperity and what else the public and private sector must do to drive change.
  • Water is an increasingly scarce resource. Our report highlights how vulnerable we are in sourcing water and how we must invest in developing innovative solutions.
  • De Beers created Forevermark, a brand of inscribed diamonds, shining the light on its proprietary technologies and increased transparency, four years ago. Claire Adler looks at the brand’s growing appeal and its plans for global leadership.

01 Nov 2011

  • Celebrating 60 years of Optima. A look back at the major issues covered in Optima since its first issue in 1951
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  • Sir Martin Sorrell looks at how companies such as China and India are driving the global power shift from West to East. Download PDF [646KB]
  • Yvo de Boer the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change highlights how a lack of political clarity and differing attitudes towards the issue are stalling any new international agreement. Download PDF [413KB]
  • Political commentator Aubrey Matshiqi considers whether nationalisation is the answer to South Africa’s social and economic problems and what impact it would have on the country. Download PDF [567KB]

01 Mar 2011

  • Having just signed a MOU with NGO International Alert, our partnerships feature looks at our strengthened ability to resolve community issues and support local communities in the areas where we operate. Download PDF [430KB]
  • For 25 years Dr Brian Brink has been making a continued difference to the company by raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. His leadership and determination extend beyond Anglo American and his work has shaped our healthcare programmes for employees with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Download PDF [466KB]
  • Dambisa Moyo, a leading economist and author on African issues, reflects on the negative effects of international aid in Africa and how government policies are preventing the continent from reaching its potential. Download PDF [527KB]

01 Sep 2010

  • Anglo American's chief executive, Cynthia Carroll is interviewed by renowned journalist Kim Fletcher. In this interview she discusses how she is taking the company forward. Download PDF [821KB]
  • Goldman Sachs' Jim O'Neill examines the prospects for the BRIC countries and how they are carving their place as the new beasts on the block. Download PDF [618KB]
  • Sir David King, formerly the UK government's chief scientific adviser, looks at the urgent task ahead in the wake of December's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Download PDF [613KB]
  • Business columnist Matthew Stevens speaks to the head of Metallurgical Coal, Seamus French, who, with his team, is transforming the coal business in Australia. Download PDF [1.0MB]

01 Dec 2009

  • Anglo American's outgoing and incoming chairmen, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart and Sir John Parker respectively, are interviewed by award-winning BBC journalist Jon Sopel. The two industry heavyweights discuss the importance of sustainable development, the 'resource curse' and the future of Anglo American. Download PDF [432KB]
  • Former head of BP Lord Browne believes honesty, political leadership and a universal environmental agreement are critical for low-carbon growth in the industry. Download PDF [353KB]
  • Former editor-in-chief of The Economist Bill Emmott reports on the economic growth in China, India and Japan and asks; will the rivalry that comes with such development be constructive or destructive? Download PDF [509KB]
  • Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discusses how the global financial crisis threatens to undo African progress and how governments must respond to limit the damage. Download PDF [412KB]

01 Dec 2008

  • Paul Collier examines whether Africa will take advantage of the latest resource boom and avoid the pitfalls encountered previously. Download PDF [345KB]
  • Anglo American’s Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox offers the key to building strong relationships with host communities, says Dave Prescott. Download PDF [729KB]
  • How can Anglo American address the issue of excessive water usage? Penny Bradford and Dave Salmon explore the possibilities. Download PDF [426KB]
  • India’s economic growth has been fuelled by trade with African countries. Alex Vines traces the roots of this relationship and how the partnership is developing. Download PDF [729KB]

01 Sep 2007

  • The global economy is generating carbon dioxide at an accelerating rate. Martin Rees highlights why such facts should motivate deep concern. Download PDF [1.1MB]
  • Far-sighted, collaborative approaches on the part of both governments and companies are needed if worries about global energy security are to lessen, says Daniel Litvin. Download PDF [3.6MB]
  • Climate change and its consequences is one of the foremost problems of the 21st century. Ian Emsley examines why the scientific community believe there is good cause for precautionary action to reduce its causes. Download PDF [546KB]
  • Improving energy efficiency is something all businesses can tackle immediately. Ian Langridge explains some of the moves Anglo American is making to lift its performance in this area. Download PDF [418KB]

01 Nov 2006

  • Jim O’Neill, Head of Global Economic Research at Goldman Sachs assesses the impact of the emerging economies of Brazil, Russian, India and China on the world economy. Download PDF [1MB]
  • Anglo American’s formidable in-house technical capacity is enabling the company to operate at the forefront of innovation, says Richard Roberts. Download PDF [582KB]
  • Anglo American chairman Mark Moody-Stuart explores the issues that are keeping business and NGOs apart and examines how the two can work together to resolve major sustainable development concerns. Download PDF [1.1MB]
  • Platinum Group Metals continue to astonish in the versatility of their applications. Mining analyst Fiona Perrott-Humphrey looks at the drivers behind the positive outlook for this group of metals. Download PDF [1.4MB]

01 Dec 2005

  • The relationship between the US and China is pivotal to the global economic outlook. Investment strategist Michael Power examines the implications of structural fault lines in the increasing interdependence of the two countries. Download PDF [345KB]
  • Anglo Coal Australia’s Diane Collier looks at the US$1 billion investment Anglo American has approved for coal projects Dawson and Lake Lindsay. Download PDF [463KB]
  • Is copper in the midst of a supercycle? Copper analyst Richard Wilson investigates the market’s current buoyancy. Download PDF [534KB]
  • Anglo American charity partner CARE International is one of the world’s foremost aid agencies. UK head Geoffrey Dennis highlights CARE’s work with local and national governments. Download PDF [450KB]

01 Jun 2005

  • Myles Wickstead reviews the Commission for Africa’s Report that sets out a coherent set of policies to accelerate progress towards a strong and prosperous Africa. Download PDF [136KB]
  • Former head of the South African Institute of International Affairs Greg Mills takes a critical look at the Commission’s Report. Download PDF [530KB]
  • Economist Jeffrey Sachs outlines how extreme poverty can be eradicated by 2025 through his ‘clinical economics’ approach. Download PDF [377KB]
  • Chris Darroll examines opportunities to build sustainable wealth creation through lowering the costs of doing business in Africa. Download PDF [253KB]

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