According to a Mineral Council’s report the Council is working on a strategy towards achieving 30% to 40% women representation across the industry, and 50% in management by 2025, as well as to streamline the member companies’ gender diversity and inclusion effort.
In celebrating Women’s Month, the Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM) Women in Mining (WIM) Committee said looking at the figures, the future is indeed brighter for women in mining. The PPM WIM committee was established in 2018 to ensure gender equality, diversity, and inclusivity in the workplace. In alignment with the industry’s goals, PPM has worked tirelessly towards filling in the gap between the number of men and women representation at its operations. To this end, the mine currently employs 33% of women, and 20% of the senior management team are women.
Relebohile Nkuna, PPM’s WIM management representative says, “As a woman who is passionate about the role women play in advancing the business, I am committed to ensuring that through the WIM Committee, our goal is not only to address issues of gender inequality and discrimination at work but to have a positive impact on the role we play in transforming the industry.”
Nkuna further explained that while there has been much improvement in the inclusion of women in the mining industry, the industry still struggles with the challenge of attracting and retaining women in mining.
“We have consequently created a number of strategies and initiatives to profile opportunities for women in mining and we are confident that if we continue this way, PPM will meet the industry’s 2025 goal of having a fair and gender-inclusive and diverse industry,” she said.
Commenting on the role of women in the organisation, PPM’s COO, Casper Badenhorst, said that women at PPM have played an instrumental role in building the organisation into a diverse and inclusive environment that has enabled all employees to perform to the best of their abilities.
“As we celebrate this year’s women’s month, we acknowledge that PPM has made great strides in opening up the industry to include women both as workers and in leadership positions. However, we need to continue looking at the role that business can play in creating an equal working environment for women and not only in August. We want Zero Harm to not just be a value on our walls, but a way of life and culture at PPM, and aim to ensure PPM is a place where people can be their true selves and where respect and dignity are maintained.”