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Bakubung Platinum Mine stages a “Women in Mining” empowerment initiative

13 February 2015

Bakubung Platinum Mine stages a “Women in Mining” empowerment initiative

Women in the Mining Sector often feel excluded from the industry and that they are not treated equally by their male colleagues - this is according to a study conducted by the Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) organisation, in conjunction with the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witswatersrand.


On 13 February, Bakubung Platinum Mine in association with 3M, staged a women in mining empowerment initiative. The event aimed to develop and motivate Bakubung Platinum Mine female employees, and was held at the Kedar Lodge, attended mainly by the mine’s women apprentices.


The mining industry is dominated by male employees and few may be aware of the challenges facing female mine workers. This motivated 3M and Bakubung Platinum mine to roll-out this empowerment initiative. “As part of our Corporate Responsibility we have a variety of initiatives in place to develop, empower and motivate women from former socially challenged mining communities”, said Ismail Mapara, Managing director at 3M. “It is about educating and training women as to what solutions are available to improve their personal safety and create a safer working environment, he added.


One of the issues concerning the empowerment of women in the mining sector is that personal protective equipment seldom caters for women. The key purpose of the empowerment initiative was to assist in solving challenges with innovative ideas and technology solutions that would help to improve safety and working conditions going forward. Most importantly, it looked to address issues affecting the growing number of women entering the industry.


Lesego Motlhatlhedi, the SRO at Bakubung Platinum Mine, commented: “Most women working in the mining industry feel that tertiary education does not properly prepare them for the mining environment, and that emphasis should be placed on practical experience before entering the industry”.

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