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Women in Mining

Inclusion in education to address gender disparity

By: Claire O'Reilly     6th August 2021 Mining is the biggest contributor to the South African economy, and statistically also the most male-dominated industry, but mining training company Prisma Training Solutions argues that through education, awareness and better gender representation, the percentage of women in the mining workforce... 

New Women in Mining initiative to launch soon

6th August 2021 Coal mining company Kangra, a subsidiary of mining investment company Menar, located in Saul Mkhizeville, in Mpumalanga is currently establishing a new Women in Mining (WIM) initiative to further empower and safeguard women at the mine. Kangra human resources (HR) officer Buhle Nzuza explains... 

An image of Phalanndwa Colliery ADT operator Nonhlanhla Maseko
NONHLANHLA MASEKO Operating an ADT is tough, but can be greatly rewarding

Step towards holistic ESG in mining

By: Claire O'Reilly     6th August 2021 Regulations concerning environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) globally have made progress in recent years, with legalisation compelling mining companies to meet specific ESG targets. 

Portrait of Nikita Lalla - LNP Attorney's CE
NIKITA LALLA LNP Attorneys CE

Automation will harness the power of connectivity

By: Claire O'Reilly     6th August 2021 Digital transformation provides a major opportunity to address challenges in the mining industry, says industrial automation and digital transformation company Rockwell Automation, which has developed the Connected Mine solution, which aims to converge plant-level and enterprise networks, and... 

An image of Rockwell South Africa MD Canninah Dladla-Mapena
CANNINAH DLADLA-MAPENA Rockwell South Africa Managing Director

Challenging the norm to drive women inclusion 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2021 The general increase in women working in the local mining sector may not always have been a deliberate move, but minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec gravity concentration and polyurethane GM Christina Ramotsabi says more companies are committing to “challenging the norm”. “The... 

Pic of Multotec GM Christina Ramotsabi
Multotec’s Christina Ramotsabi gives more insight into how companies can challenge the norm to drive women inclusion.

UMS leads the way for women in mining

6th August 2021 While it is clear that women in mining are a minority, and that long-term thinking is needed to increase accessibility for, and the development of, women in the mining sector, companies such as United Mining Services (UMS) are leading the drive towards inclusivity. UMS Group CEO Digby Glover says... 

An image of UMS Group employees Nonjabulo Zikhali, Siphiwe Antonette Malepe, Genevieve van Wyk and Esbé Miller (front)
NONJABULO ZIKHALI, ANTONETTE MALEPE, GENEVIEVE VAN WYK AND ESBÉ MILLER (front)

Tangible gains derived from ERG Africa’s commitment to women

6th August 2021 Global diversified resources company Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) African operation’s commitment to women empowerment and gender equality, evident in its Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy, has provided a strong impetus to its corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives and its... 

An image of ERG Africa CCO Isabel Ramírez
ISABEL RAMÍREZ ERG Africa’s success in attracting and retaining women is the fact that gender inclusivity is enshrined in the company’s corporate culture and in its Code of Conduct

Harmony’s strength in diversity

7th August 2020 At Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony”), we are committed to building and maintaining a representative workforce and continuously promote a working environment which provides equal opportunities to all our employees without prejudice of any kind, especially gender- based. In FY19, a... 

BOIPELO LEKUBO, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR BCom (Hons), CA(SA)
BOIPELO LEKUBO, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Women representation in mining ‘getting there’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Women have definitely been taking up more opportunities in the mining sector, and this is even evident when visiting underground operations, says explosives and blasting company BME. 

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS 
BME has a promising representation of women in its ranks, from operator level to mining engineers, including the company’s logistics and central services
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS BME has a promising representation of women in its ranks, from operator level to mining engineers, including the company’s logistics and central services

Women representation agenda is at even odds – WiMSA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 The South African mining sector has improved significantly in terms of the representation of women, compared with the situation ten years ago, says mining industry organisation Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA). 

THABILE MAKGALA One positive that may emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic may be an accelerated modernisation of work, which will make careers in mining not only more accessible to women but also more fulfilling and productive for men and women
THABILE MAKGALA One positive that may emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic may be an accelerated modernisation of work, which will make careers in mining not only more accessible to women but also more fulfilling and productive for men and women

Kenmare accelerates women-focused diversity agenda

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Dual-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources is focused on increasing the number of women in its workforce as the company recognises that diversity, particularly gender diversity, is a key driver of business success.  

ELAINE DORWARD-KING 
Kenmare is keen to continue advancing the interests of women in Mozambique
ELAINE DORWARD-KING Kenmare is keen to continue advancing the interests of women in Mozambique

Women forge ahead on level playing field

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 While the mining, construction, manufacturing, and health and safety sectors were once male-dominated, the women heading global solutions company SafetySA’s business units have upended the stereotypes, proving that South Africa’s women need nothing more than a level playing field to forge ahead.  

PALESA GAASENWE 
While sectors, such as mining, may have initially had reservations about young women training their mainly male staff, for example, those reservations are not as prevalent today
PALESA GAASENWE While sectors, such as mining, may have initially had reservations about young women training their mainly male staff, for example, those reservations are not as prevalent today

Forums advancing women representation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Specialty chemicals company Clariant – which is focused on sustainability and innovation – strongly believes in diversity and inclusion within the company. 

LINDA MAHLANGU 
The metallurgical sector does not struggle to attract women as much as it struggles to retain them
LINDA MAHLANGU The metallurgical sector does not struggle to attract women as much as it struggles to retain them

Levelling the playing field, changing the narrative

7th August 2020 South African women in mining have gradually become formal members of the mining fraternity, starting from 1996, when the South African government denounced the International Labour Organization convention of 1935 which prohibited employment of women in underground mining work. 

Inclusion and diversity strategy delivering change

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 Global diamond producer De Beers Group is most proud of the “energy change” its inclusion and diversity strategy has instigated throughout its value chain – from mining to retail, says De Beers social impact senior VP Katie Fergusson. “We are still early in the journey, but we are making visible... 

TECHNICAL TRANSFORMATION More needs to be done to build the pipeline of women equipped to take on technical roles in the mining sector
TECHNICAL TRANSFORMATION More needs to be done to build the pipeline of women equipped to take on technical roles in the mining sector

South Africa progressive in advancing women in mining

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 Historically, the mining industry has been “extremely” male dominated, but there has been a substantial drive locally to increase the number of women working in the industry, says women-owned vibrating equipment manufacturer Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, many other African countries are... 

ELIZABETH ARULAPPEN AND KIM SCHOEPFLIN 
While two women sit on Kwatani’s executive committee, women also comprise 75% of the company’s board and more than 50% of management across departments
ELIZABETH ARULAPPEN AND KIM SCHOEPFLIN While two women sit on Kwatani’s executive committee, women also comprise 75% of the company’s board and more than 50% of management across departments

Harmony’s BEREKA MOSADI “WORKING WOMAN” initiative

2nd August 2019 The Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) “Bereka Mosadi” (Tswana for “working woman”) communication initiative - which started in 2017 - highlights the women that are excelling in their respective leadership roles at Harmony, and gives all Harmony employees insight into their lives and... 

Harmony’s BEREKA MOSADI “WORKING WOMAN” initiative

Increased representation for women in mining, challenges remain

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd August 2019 The number of women working in the South African mining sector has increased significantly over the past 17 years, from 11 400 in 2002 to more than 53 100 to date. This represents about 12% of the entire mining workforce of 464 667, according to a report by industry employers’ organisation,... 

HARD TO CRACK
The mining industry, a traditionally male-dominated space, still remains a tough environment for women
HARD TO CRACK The mining industry, a traditionally male-dominated space, still remains a tough environment for women

Company stalwart pioneers female managerial role

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 In a notable stride towards gender inclusivity in the diamond industry, De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa’s Simangele Soni has become the first woman to occupy a senior operations manager role in the organisation. Appointed on March 1, Soni is now part of the sorting, valuation and sales... 

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH 
As operations manager, Simangele Soni is responsible for ensuring that diamonds are sorted and valued according to quality, and that De Beers meets the deadlines for selling diamonds
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH As operations manager, Simangele Soni is responsible for ensuring that diamonds are sorted and valued according to quality, and that De Beers meets the deadlines for selling diamonds

New drilling fleet to launch all-women crew

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond will acquire a new fleet of fully remote controlled drills, which it will use as an opportunity to bring more women into the mining drilling arena by assembling its first ever all-women drilling crew, Rosond operations director Ricardo Cravo... 

Further progress required in gender transformation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 The mining industry has made major strides as an equal opportunity employer, and is not as bad as some people perceive it to be, with a number of opportunities available for women through employment opportunities and training and development, says diversified natural resource company Glencore... 

ROCK AND A HARD PLACE 
The conditions and culture in hard rock mines remain tough for the majority of women
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE The conditions and culture in hard rock mines remain tough for the majority of women

Gender-inclusive workplaces facilitate mining, community prosperity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 There is growing recognition of the important role that women play in their communities and families in developing countries, which should, subsequently, also foster changes in the world of work, particularly mining, to accommodate more women, says globally diversified natural resources company... 

CHALLENGING FACTOR 
A prevalent problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo is illegal artisanal mining of copper and cobalt around Glencore’s operations
Photo by Bloomberg
CHALLENGING FACTOR A prevalent problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo is illegal artisanal mining of copper and cobalt around Glencore’s operations

Mining evolution tackles strength, stamina challenges

4th August 2017 It has become increasingly evident that the work done in the local mining industry and elsewhere to promote modernisation, will facilitate the creation of significant employment opportunities for women in mining, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa. As mining becomes more mechanised,... 

Employee diversity fosters innovation, creativity

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Global engineering consultancy Aurecon geotechnical engineer Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz advocates for cross-gender, -cultural and -border teams in the workplace, as this stimulates diverse thinking and creativity. Within her role at Aurecon, Wojtowitz works within the built environment space as well... 

GABRIELLE WOJTOWITZ Aurecon is exposing young women to the subjects of science, technology, economics and mathematics to increase the number of women in the mining industry
GABRIELLE WOJTOWITZ Aurecon is exposing young women to the subjects of science, technology, economics and mathematics to increase the number of women in the mining industry

Female scientist brings gold home to South Africa

4th August 2017 MSc environmental management student at University of the Free State Tshiamo Legoale took top honours with her speech on phytomining when she competed against 31 scientists from across the world at the 2017 FameLab International competition in June. The 27-year-old represented South Africa at the... 

WINNING IDEA Phytomining involves harvesting gold from wheat crops growing on mine waste tailings and can possibly aid improverished communities
Photo by Bloomberg
WINNING IDEA Phytomining involves harvesting gold from wheat crops growing on mine waste tailings and can possibly aid improverished communities

Mentors ease entry  

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Finding a mentor who has extensive experience in the industry is one way of mitigating challenges facing women in the mining industry, says multinational mining company Anglo American production section shift supervisor Prianka Padayachee. Women in mining face many challenges in a traditionally... 

PRIANKA PADAYACHEE The mining graduate is advocating for female mentors to ease the challenges faced by women in mining
Anglo American mine overseer Lorraine Nndwambi discusses the importance of mentorship for women in mining. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Service provider encourages development

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Hard work, practical experience and knowing the industry are key factors needed to succeed as a woman in the mining sector, 24-year-old workshop technician at specialist safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech Zukiswa Mkhulisi tells Mining Weekly. “Do well and prove your worth. It is... 

ZUKISWA MKHULISI The 24-year old has had a very different experience to most women in the mining industry, having received support and acknowledgement for her achievements
ZUKISWA MKHULISI The 24-year old has had a very different experience to most women in the mining industry, having received support and acknowledgement for her achievements

Women need to put change in motion

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 To change the attitudes towards women working in the mining industry, women need to abandon their ‘victim’ mentality to affect empowerment, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president-elect Sehliselo Ndlovu. “Women need to understand the company culture and the... 

 	DAPHNE KNOSI One of the proactive women in mining showing young women that a career in mining is a viable option
DAPHNE KNOSI One of the proactive women in mining showing young women that a career in mining is a viable option

Role models essential for women in mining

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 When multinational mining company Anglo American mine overseer Lorraine Nndwambi first entered the mining industry 2013, female mentors were scarce. This made acclimatising to the working environment in the mining industry more of a challenge and made it difficult for her to determine “how to... 

AUTHORITY FIGURE Assertiveness may sometimes be perceived as being arrogant, especially when a female has to show authority
AUTHORITY FIGURE Assertiveness may sometimes be perceived as being arrogant, especially when a female has to show authority
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