Women in Mining reach for higher ground

This year's Women & Leadership in Mining Conference will give an update on implementation of laws, progress of white papers, internal guidelines and policies applied to overcome barriers for women to enter into mining.

The Pinpoint Stewards’ Annual Women & Leadership in Mining Conference taking place on 28 & 29 August at the NH Johannesburg Hotel, Sandton, have just announced their speaker line-up with women represented across various levels of mining in South Africa.

The theme for this year’s conference is: Safeguarding and encouraging the future progress of women to reach for higher ground.

“The conference will give an update on implementation of laws, progress of white papers, internal guidelines and policies applied to overcome barriers for women to enter into mining – looking at strategies to not only accelerate but double the number of women in mining,” says Ankia Roux, Co-Owner, Pinpoint Stewards.

The all-women Speakers at this year’s conference include:
  • Nozipho Dlamini, Mine Manager THUNGELA RESOURCES
  • Dr Adwoa Boaduo Issaka, Unit Manager Safety GOLDFIELDS
  • Nandi Sibanyoni, Executive Head, SHE ANGLO AMERICAN- KUMBA IRON ORE
  • Ofentse Debete, Mine Manager GOLDFIELDS
  • Nomvula Ngcobo, Engineering Manager – Asset & Maintenance HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LTD
  • Cindy Mabala, Rock Engineering Officer IMPALA PLATINUM LTD
  • Bontle Mtshengu, Founder & Co-Owner QUANTUM LEAP SMART ENGINEERING
  • Kristell Holtzhausen, Company Secretary (Previously) African Rainbow Minerals LTD – Ferrous Division (Assmang)
  • Hendrietta Sarile, Environmental Coordinator: Systems and Compliance Exploration IVANPLATS
  • Joining the panel of speakers are the DMRE and WiMSA.

“Male CEOs have been invited to speak and we hope to see at least one take to the podium this year,” says Ankia Roux. “We have to remember this is not a platform where men are bashed, but a platform where women share ways to co-exist and work along with their male counterparts with the main focus being given to topics such as: doubling the percentage of women in mining, overcoming barriers, enabling women in sustainable mining, being a successful leader, modernization towards safety and sustainability, and sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace, to name a few.

“A panel discussion will focus on the composition of women in mining forums and committees to achieve change and support women at the mine. If numbers are already below average equity targets, everything needs to be done to attract and keep women in the sector, and these committees’ roles and responsibilities will assist.”

Sponsors, exhibitors and partners are encouraged to contact info@pinpointstewards.co.za to register before 1 July for discounted rates.

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