headgearMiningmx reports that there’s a raft of information that shows involving women in the mining business is not just the mark of a just, modern society, but a good business strategy.  

According to Deshnee Naidoo, CEO of Vedanta Zinc International and a Minerals Council SA (MCSA) board member who’s driving the organisation’s White Paper aimed at advancing the role of women in the industry, a firm intervention is needed to step up female representation in the industry. “If we don’t put it on the agenda of the CEO, it doesn’t happen,” she pointed out.  She was speaking ahead of the launch of the White Paper on 8 March, which was International Women’s Day.  Currently, there are about 54,000 women working in SA’s mining sector, the equivalent of 13% of the sector’s total workforce.  This is a clear under-representation.  A number of strategic points have been identified by the MCSA, which has assembled a task-team of 12 members, mostly woman (Naidoo said more men should be on it) with the aim of making this a serious point of adoption in the industry at the highest level.  The Department of Minerals and Energy is supportive of the initiative and its cooperation will be key aspect if the MCSA is to be successful.  MCSA CEO Roger Baxrter indicated:  “We have had preliminary discussions with the minister (Gwede Mantashe).  The department has been invited to be part of the task team.”


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