In a recent interview with Mining Review Africa on the topic of transformation, Tshidi Anya, regional human resource director: Africa and Middle East for Weir Minerals Africa said, “We need to nurture local talent in all the countries in which we operate regardless of the enforcing legislation. In the absence of regulation, the only thing that we need to remind ourselves of is doing the right thing at all times.”
At the same time, however, Anya pointed out that putting legislative markers in place to encourage transformation and employment equity is necessary. For example, South Africa’s BEE policy has helped to unearth new talent from diverse backgrounds, thereby giving previously disadvantaged individuals a chance to thrive.
On the flip side, many argue that BEE legislation leads to tokenism in order to give the appearance of equality in the workplace.
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So, how do mining companies fare when it comes to transformation? In Issue 4 of Mining Review Africa, we look at how a few companies are actively ensuring equity, diversity and inclusivity in their workplaces. In addition, these companies have also implemented initiatives that are contributing to the socio-economic upliftment of mining communities and ultimately the countries in which they operate.
Most importantly, these companies are not just driving transformation because the law tells them to do so; they are doing so because it is the right thing to do.