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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Miningmx reports that a pilot study commissioned last year by platinum producer Lonmin acknowledged that sexual harassment of female employees at the company’s facilities, near Rustenburg, was “common and pervasive”.  

The report was delivered to Lonmin in March and the company has subsequently set out an action plan that it hopes will respond to the issues.  Lonmin shared the details of the study into the treatment of female employees at its facilities with Miningmx following an enquiry about it.  Sexual harassment was reported to have occurred in the cages that transport employees to mining areas, as well as during transit, and in ablution facilities.  Individual women who were working on their own had also reported instances of harassment.  Lonmin also acknowledged that “sexual harassment and violence against women and children in the community” was a problem.  Lonmin’s action plan identifies a timeline for remediation as well as individuals who will be responsible for various responses.  In some cases, there had been advances.  Other goals had not yet been attempted such as an initiative to provide work-appropriate overalls for women.  A policy and procedure review will be conducted in March 2018.

  • Read this report by David McKay in full at Miningmx

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