This year was extraordinary, not only for Kazakhmys and for Kazakhstan, but for the entire global community. The COVID-19 pandemic affected all aspects of life. However, Kazakhmys has not abandoned its plans; moreover, throughout the year, the company has been implementing various charity and support projects for the company's employees.
What we’ve built
In 2020, the launch of two state-of-the-art facilities: a solar power station in Zhezkazgan and an industrial laboratory in Balkhash, were significant events for the company.
The energy source for the power plant is solar radiation, which is recycled by solar batteries. The batteries are protected and can withstand temperatures as low as -45 degrees Celsius. The capacity of 29456 solar panels is sufficient to power up to 1800 households. Zhezkazgan Solar Power Station is expected to produce up to 14 million kWh of electricity per year. The project is designed for 27 years.
The new laboratory with a total area of 3,700 square meters became the largest analytical laboratory in the Caspian region and is among the largest analytical laboratories in the world. The laboratory was built in accordance with modern industry standards to ensure the quality of analytical research, as well as environmental protection and employee health. The new facility has already commenced sample preparation and analytical testing for Balkhash Concentrator, Balkhash Smelter and Kazakhmys Barlau LLC.
Support for employees
Kazakhmys management team made a decision to increase salaries for all categories of employees from April 2020 in a differentiated range of 7 to 10 percent. Another salary increase is expected from January 2021. The announcement of the so-called 13th month pay (annual bonus) was also good news for Kazakhmys employees.
Kazakhmys also supported its employees during the pandemic with one-off payments of 100 thousand tenge. All categories of personnel, except contract employees, received this payment twice during the year.
Another area within the frameworks of corporate social responsibility is targeted social support. At the end of October, 1,540 employees of Kazakhmys Group companies received payments totaling more than 92 million tenge. Financial support was provided on the basis of contingent total income per employee's family member.
Another important event was the ceremony of handing over the apartment keys to 133 Kazakhmys employees with multi-child families. The residents of Zhezkazgan, Satpayev, Balkhash, Karaganda, Temirtau, Karagaily, Topar and Molodezhny received comfortable four-, five- and six-room apartments.
Among the charity events in support of the state’s response to the pandemic was equipping hospitals with ventilators, oxygen concentrators and other equipment.
In addition, Kazakhmys invested 190 million tenge in providing access to distance education, which became in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Zhezkazgan, Satpayev and Balkhash municipal educational institutions received 922 laptops free of charge.
Due to the high risk of coronavirus and flu infection, Kazakhmys funded the purchase of seasonal flu vaccines. 45,000 company employees and residents of Kazakhmys operating towns were vaccinated free of charge.
In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, the corporation’s support to its employees, residents of the company operating towns and medical institutions has amounted to approximately 17 billion tenge.
Employees’ health a priority
In November, Kazakhmys announced the launch of a pilot programme to improve Satpayev residents’ health, which commences in early 2021.
To implement these measures, about 5.5 billion tenge will be invested over the next three years. A new modern polyclinic will be built in Satpayev. Residents will be able to receive all medical services without leaving the city. Measures will also be taken to promote the healthy lifestyle and create conditions for it.
The developers of the programme have taken into account the opinion of all parties - residents, doctors, and local authorities. Further training courses for medical workers will be organized. The staffing problem will be solved through housing for young specialists. Similar programmes will be developed for Zhezkazgan and Balkhash.