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Minerals Council

Commitment to Zero Harm unwavering

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa, and its member companies, remain unwaveringly committed to ensuring every mineworker returns from work unharmed every day through the goal of zero harm, says Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Dr Sizwe Phakathi. In terms of safety... 

Covid accelerates 4IR, women in mining progress

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Women have gradually become formal participants in the mining industry, which has resulted in their having to deal with various challenges, and although the industry has improved in its identifying and dealing with these issues, the biggest game changer is the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).... 

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4IR UNLOCKS OPPORTUNITIES Rapid adoption of 4IR is increasingly creating opportunities for women in mining

Plans to tackle transport risks

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa has remained steadfast in its goal of Zero Harm. However, as of September 23, 2021, 40 fatalities were reported compared with 32 during the same period last year. Along with fall-of-ground (FoG) incidents, transport and... 

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ACHIEVING ZERO HARM Along with FoG incidents, transport and machinery related challenges have contributed to fatalities

Studies show women benefit from modernisation

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 As more women join the mining industry in a professional capacity, more research and studies are analysing the various obstacles they have to contend with, as well as how employers can address these. Such research is instrumental in helping the historically male-dominated industry adapt so that... 

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WOMEN IN MINING Companies need to identify how high-risk occupations can be re-engineered to accommodate women

Targeted assistance improves workplace vaccination success

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa champions vaccines as being integral to curbing the transmission of Covid-19 and protecting people. The Minerals Council is following the approach of saving lives and livelihoods, which is linked to assisting with vaccine access. 

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DR THUTHULA BALFOUR Minerals Council provided resources to help vaccine efforts

Vaccine campaigns tackle hesitancy

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Having administered the vaccine to over 200 000 people to date in the mining industry, mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa is confident that the industry will meet its vaccination targets. The achievement is encouraging for the sector having encouraged mass... 

An image of the Minerals Council health and environment senior executive Niks Lesufi
NIKS LESUFI Unions are critical in getting employees to accept vaccinations

Covid-19 successes owed to industry collaboration – Baxter

22nd October 2021 The close bonds of cooperation and collaboration between South Africa’s mining industry and its stakeholders pushed it to the forefront of the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, says Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, adding that the industry continues to lead the way through... 

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ROGER BAXTER

Pandemic amplifies trend toward inclusive modernisation

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has forced mining companies to “fundamentally rethink” the way they operate, says Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude. He adds that the shift to remote working and flexible working hours has highlighted humanity’s... 

SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE 
The shift to remote working and flexible working hours has highlighted how technology can be leveraged to benefit society as a whole
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE The shift to remote working and flexible working hours has highlighted how technology can be leveraged to benefit society as a whole

Research critical to addressing Covid-19

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 Having recognised that fundamental research is critical to supporting the mining industry and others in dealing with the impact of Covid-19, the Minerals Council South Africa’s CEO Zero Harm Forum reallocated research funding to focus on three Covid-19-related areas. Research 

THUTHULA BALFOUR 
Significant numbers, about 20% to 30% of employees, have one or more comorbidities
THUTHULA BALFOUR Significant numbers, about 20% to 30% of employees, have one or more comorbidities

Council continues to advance women’s agenda

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour believes that Covid-19 has provided a springboard to drive change within companies –  which have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’ by automating certain work processes, while enabling flexible working hours – adding that this adaptation... 

NOLITHA FAKUDE
The Minerals Council VP and Anglo American nonexecutive director chairs the Women in Mining Leadership Forum
NOLITHA FAKUDE The Minerals Council VP and Anglo American nonexecutive director chairs the Women in Mining Leadership Forum

Oxygen initiative assists in fight against Covid-19

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa  health head Dr Thuthula Balfour explains that the Minerals Council and its members recognised early on that the Eastern Cape would need assistance in addressing Covid-19. It is a mining-affected province, without mines. Historically, the industry has drawn many... 

Modernisation process could assist economic prosperity

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The industry needs to modernise, “but let’s be clear about what modernisation is not – it is not simply mechanisation, it is far more than that”, says Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude, He describes it, instead, as a process of transition... 

SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE
The transition to modernised mining needs to afford all stakeholders the chance to develop policies and programmes which ensure sustainability beyond minin
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE The transition to modernised mining needs to afford all stakeholders the chance to develop policies and programmes which ensure sustainability beyond minin

Minerals Council getting closer to communities

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has established two pilot regional offices as part of its broader aim to enhance community relations, says Minerals Council public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. Minerals Council social performance head Alex Khumalo explains that the... 

Stakeholder relations key to Minerals Council’s new brand

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 In striving to become the preeminent policy advocacy in the mining industry, maintaining positive stakeholder engagements is key for Minerals Council South Africa, says public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. He describes the Minerals Council as a focused advocacy... 

Junior-specific Charter III provisions will boost growth

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa facilitated the inclusion of junior-specific provisions in Mining Charter 3, gazetted in September last year, says Minerals Council Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell. He notes that the provisions will assist the stability and growth of the... 

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