Women in mining seizing opportunities

The women featured below will be speaking at the annual Women & Leadership in Mining Conference taking place on 28 & 29 August at the NH Collection, Sandton.

Each year women-owned conference company, Pinpoint Stewards, together with their media partners, go on a quest to profile women in SA mining, ensuring equal reporting of women leading in mining and how these change-makers are impacting the mining sector.

The women featured below will be speaking at the annual Women & Leadership in Mining Conference taking place on 28 & 29 August at the NH Collection, Sandton. “We will again be hosting the event in women’s month to ensure August ends on a high. Each year mining companies send their women-capital to attend the 2-day conference to Develop, Unite and Empower them, it’s DUE!” says organiser Ankia Roux.

Now more than ever, laws, proposed white papers and internal policies are making it easier for women to not only picture a career in mining but to excell, and they are seizing the opportunities. This positive movement is echoed in the theme for this year’s conference: Safeguarding and encouraging the future progress of women to reach for higher ground. 

Some of these women have been in the mining sector long before supporting policies and laws. They include: Nomvula Ngcobo, Engineering Manager – Asset & Maintenance Management, Central – Randfontein, Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd, who is the group engineering manager at Harmony Gold with over 17 years experience in mining and will be speaking on why women should be retained and developed in mining.

With experience spanning over two decades is Kristell Holtzhausen, previous Company Secretary, African Rainbow Minerals Ltd, Ferrous Division (Assmang). She will share her experience in overcoming burn-out through applying mental awareness and wellbeing at the workplace.

Women accessing the mining sector through modernization towards safety and sustainability will be the focus of Bontle Mtshengu, Founder & Co-Owner, Quantum Leap Smart Engineering, who started her own business as she stepped away from corporate for a moment to balance life with a career spanning over 23 years in mining.

Mpho Nyarela, WIM Chairperson Limpopo RTF Exco Member, Palabora Mining Company will look at the topic of re-writing HR policies to align with targets and include the influx of women at a faster tempo. She has a Mining Degree and Masters in Business Administration, Governance and Finance and is the Women In Mining Chairperson, Limpopo RTF EXCO.

Panel discussion

The composition of women in mining forums and committees will include 3 women-in-mining-chairs: Hendrietta Sarile, Environmental Coordinator: Systems and Compliance Exploration at Ivanplats, Cynthia Muvhango, Mine Engineer at Foskor Pty Ltd and Mpho Nyarela, mentioned above.

Other speakers include: Dr Adwoa Boaduo Issaka, Unit Manager Safety at Goldfields, Nozipho Dlamini, Mine Manager at Thungela Resources, Ofentse Debete, Section Manager Mining at Goldfields and Nandi Sibanyoni, Executive Head, SHE, at Anglo American-Kumba Iron Ore.

Giving back

Pinpoint Stewards will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to beneficiaries WiMSA and Lighthouse Baby Shelter. They annually also support 20 post-graduate students to attend the two day conference for free, to meet a mentor, job shadowing opportunity or a career in mining.

To enquire or form part of the conference email info@pinpointstewards.co.za or register online before 1 July for a quote www.pinpointstewards.co.za

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