Rossmin has set aside a substantial area around the mine as a conservancy to ensure a natural habitat for wildlife.


Rossmin, through responsible mining intends to have a low impact on the surrounding environment:

  • A small percentage of the total Rossmin mining area is directly affected by the mining activity, which means that a large area is maintained in its natural state.
  • Through good governance during the life of the mine, to manage the natural resources, the impact on the environment will be minimised.
  • Rehabilitation post mining activities will restore the area to conserve the natural heritage.

Environmental Preservation

Rossmin has set aside a substantial area around the mine as a biodiversity conservancy to ensure a natural habitat for wildlife in the area generally, and specifically to create an protected environment for the Trumpet-mouthed Hunter Snail, endemic to the area.

Trumpet-mouthed Hunter Snail

Dr. Dai Herbert, of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg, collected more than 40 different species of snails in 2001 and 2002 on Ndongini, some of which were quite rare and unusual. Of particular interest was the discovery and description of a species new to science. This species has been described as Gulella Salpinx, the Trumpet-Mouthed Hunter snail. It is a small snail, only 7.5 mm long, but, unlike many other snails that feed on plant material, it is a carnivore, feeding on soft-bodied creatures that live in the surface soil and leaf litter of well-wooded habitats. It is also unusual in that it does not lay its eggs, but retains them within the parent until they hatch as miniature crawling youngsters.