Women in Mining takes root in De Beers

De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) in the Northern Cape celebrated and shared its ‘Women in Mining’ projects at a function this week with the Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica, and with leaders from the mining sector, provincial government and women in technical positions from both Kimberley Mines and Finsch mine. Women make up 52% of the adult population in South Africa and 41% of the working South African population, but only constitute 16.8% of all executive managers and 11.5% of all directors in the country. The mining industry aspires to a baseline of 10% participation of women in technical disciplines by May 2009. DBCM acknowledges that this is an area of strategic importance which requires a special focus and currently (2008)10% of its employees are women employed in technical disciplines. The Northern Cape operations have embarked on various initiatives which have already resulted in 12% of employees in technical disciplines being women. To advance this programme Finsch and Kimberley Mines have recently appointed 26 ladies to the ‘Women in Mining Development Programme’, a technical leadership experience in mining, metallurgy and engineering.  (more…)

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