Winners of the International Women in Mining Impact and Influence Photo Competition 2017

International Women in Mining (IWiM) is excited to announce the winners of its photo competition sponsored by De Beers. Over 200 inspirational photos were received that illustrate the significant positive contributions that women are making in achieving an inclusive, thriving, safe and responsible mining industry. Download the press release here Judges A short list of […]

My style is having one goal and one dream in mind – Lorraine Mothobekhi talks about her career as a field geologist

08 Mar 2016 It was in 2008 that I first came to De Beers seeking holiday work, but I was unsuccessful. However, I was so impressed with the organisation that it ignited a spark in me and I was determined to work for De Beers. That year, I completed my honours degree in geology from […]

“Women still find it hard to climb corporate ladder” says Nompumelelo Zikalala

18th March 2016 – By: Ilan Solomons,  Staff Writer  at Creamer Media De Beers sightholder sales South Africa senior VP Nompumelelo Zikalala discusses the importance of having female mentors in the mining companies for younger female employees. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva Diamond company De Beers is still struggling to ensure equal opportunities […]

Daphne van der Westhuizen – “Don’t let anything stand in your way”

De Beers, 02 Feb 2016 Women in Mining – Daphne van der Westhuizen says it all began with a hiking trip. What first got you interested in geology? I became interested in geology after a hiking trip to Clarens, one of my favourite places in South Africa, with a big group of people. One of […]

“I am trying to lead the way” – Nkhensani Malongete talks about her role as foreman and working under pressure

De Beers, 25 Nov 2015 Nkhensani Malongete with some of her colleauges I was recruited as an inexperienced youngster with no official qualifications, and my career and recent promotion as the first female Senior Metallurgical Foreman within Venetia Mine’s Ore Processing department demonstrates the value of De Beers’ tried-and-tested, on-the-job training programme for entry level […]

“Take Charge of Your Career & Set Yourself Goals” – Vanessa de Villiers

De Beers, 05 Nov 2015 Women in mining – Vanessa de Villiers reflects on the importance of team work and creating harmony. From a very young age, I always wanted to work for De Beers. Most of my family members worked for the company and I fondly remember them saying what a wonderful company De […]

De Beers Consolidated Mines has picked up a top prize at the 2015 Standard Bank Top Women Awards, which recognise leadership in gender equality.

TOP ACCOLADE FOR DE BEERS IN GENDER EQUALITY AWARDS, 13 August 2015 The company fought off competition from four other finalists to land the top spot in the category for Top Gender Empowered Company in the resources industry. It was one of 23 awards at the ceremony in Johannesburg on 6 August. The awards, which […]

Sonja van Rooyen talks of mining as a career path where anything is possible as long as you are flexible and like new challenges

“Why I chose to follow the family tradition” De Beers, 30 Jul 2015 What made you go into the world of mining? My parents could not afford to send two daughters to university and, since my younger sister showed the most potential, I decided to start working. At that stage, options for women were limited […]

Women in Mining: Following the career of Welcha Minnie

21 Apr 2015 “- “Whatever you do,” a career counsellor once told Welcha Minnie, “never work with people.” Taking these words to heart, when she left school Welcha dedicated her life to working with rocks, which included earning a BSc Honours Degree in Geology. Now, Welcha is Senior ECOHS and Compliance Manager for Exploration at […]

Meet Patti Wickens, Senior Environmental Manager at De Beers

October 24, 2014 by Anglo American From marine biology to mining Patti Wickens, a Senior Environmental Manager for De Beers, initially chose to study biology and computer science. It was only when she was working as a marine scientist, many years later, that she had her first look at the mining world, after De Beers […]