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Women in Mining

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... 

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... 

South Africa progressive in advancing women  in mining
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,... 

Increased representation for women in mining, challenges remain
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... 

Company stalwart pioneers female managerial role
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... 

Further progress required in gender transformation
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... 

Gender-inclusive workplaces facilitate mining, community prosperity
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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... 

Employee diversity fosters innovation, creativity
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... 

Female scientist brings gold home to South Africa
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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... 

Mentors ease entry
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... 

Service provider encourages development
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... 

Women need to put change in motion
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... 

Role models essential for women in mining
AUTHORITY FIGURE Assertiveness may sometimes be perceived as being arrogant, especially when a female has to show authority
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