Lindiwe Nakedi: “Opportunities are many if you’re willing to ask questions and learn. Be willing to start right at the bottom. No task is beneath you: your work ethic and attitude speak volumes. And take initiative! Don’t wait to be given opportunities: just take a chance and know that you will learn to swim even if you’ve been thrown into that deep end.”

International Women in Mining Profile: Lindiwe Nakedi Lindiwe Nakedi is the CEO of a South African 100% black-female-owned exploration drilling company that she started with her geologist husband in 2008. She holds a BA in Industrial Psychology and has no formal technical training in mining or engineering, but has achieved success in this male-dominated business […]

Sehliselo Ndlovu – “Make your work become a recognisable brand: what you do in your field should have your clear and consistent mark of quality; your own brand. When you create a memorable experience in the minds of those you interact with, a long-lasting impact is made that can open new doors and opportunities.”

International Women in Mining Profile: Sehliselo Ndlovu Sehliselo (Selo) Ndlovu holds a PhD in Minerals Engineering from Imperial College, London, UK. She joined the Engineering faculty at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 2004 and currently holds the DST/NRF SARChI chair in Hydrometallurgy and Sustainable Development. She has trained over 30 PhD and […]

“As a person, not just as a woman, it’s so important to have belief in yourself and that you can add value,” Lara Smith

International Women in Mining Profile: Lara Smith Lara Smith is the Founder and Managing Director of Core Consultants, a consultancy firm that provides commodity market research, analysis and valuations to the global mining industry. Although Lara reluctantly became involved in mining, today she cannot envisage another career. She regards mining as a fascinating, multidisciplinary, international […]

Empowering women is ‘critical’ in the mining industry – Teke

Originally published by Mining Review Africa – September 2016. Southern Africa Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke says the empowerment of women is critical to help the mining industry deliver on its transformation objectives. Speaking at the “Innovation in Mining Workshop” hosted by Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) on the sidelines of the Electra Mining […]

South Africa’s Mining Industry: Turning Waste into a Profitable Business

Although her background is in investment analysis, Olebogeng Sentsho entered the South African mining and waste management industry after she found there was a demand in recycling steel balls from mines. From there Yeabo Mining was born. Yeabo Mining is a 100% black woman-owned enterprise that’s doing its best to support other women in the […]

Celebrating women behind mining and wastewater use

Dr Jo Burgess, WRC Research Manager “If you don’t put anything in, you won’t get anything out. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” Dr Jo Burgess is not only one of only a handful of women to become President of one of South Africa’s leading water sector institutions – the Water […]

Zandile Buthelesi – “The sky’s not the limit, your mind’s the limit… Success is in the palm of your hands”

August profile South African, Zandile Buthelesi, is General Manager Projects at African Exploration Mining and Finance Corp. Her motto is: "if you are somewhere that does not serve your purpose then you leave and you go and find it somewhere else". This is something she has done in her career. A passionate advocate of women [...]

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%

Women make up 21% of the boards of the top 500 companies listed on the JSE, the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, according to nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology operations manager at geological, mining and environmental consulting services company The MSA Group, was […]

First female mine safety commissioner to start on Monday

As a young mining engineer in South Africa, Katherine du Preez faced a challenge – it was illegal for women to work underground. She became the first woman in that country to hold a mine manager’s certificate of competency, however, and on Monday will be appointed Queensland’s first Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health. She […]

Building an Innovation Ecosystem in the South African Mining Industry

The current economic status of the mining industry is forcing us to think in new ways and adapt to our surroundings. To succeed, we not only have to focus on in-house innovation, but the time is overdue for us to start collaborating, sharing our ideas, innovating, and creating an environment in which knowledge sharing becomes […]

“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 […]

Most protective equipment is not suitable for women miners

New range of personal protective equipment for women miners showcased The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) unveiled a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically designed for women mineworkers at its recent Women in Mining conference, in Johannesburg.

Anglo American: Meet head of technology and innovation at our Platinum business, Jeannette McGill

Anglo American, 24 Aug 2015 Jeannette has always been a pioneer in mining. “While actual mining experience is essential, it’s important to remember, there is much more to mining than the mine and you need to look at the full mining cycle,” she says. This statement is testament to her career from her early days […]

Breaking Barriers by Living the Mining Dream – Meet Nditsheni Ramovha

Anglo American, 20 Aug 2015 For Nditsheni Ramovha, working on the mines has been a dream come true. “Pursuing a career in engineering has always been my dream and now I’m living that dream. Mining is seen as dangerous, rough and remote, but as a woman in mining I feel like I’m contributing towards changing […]

Women executives in the South African mining sector Johannesburg, South Africa –

Carl Bosman, Principal at Pedersen & Partners, participated in the Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) June event, where he presented data analysis on women executives in mining and the challenges of recruiting female executives into the sector. In his discussion of the expertise and skills shortages in the minerals sector, he highlighted that out […]

South Africa's female miners break ground for their gender

AFP, 13 JULY 2015 RUSTENBURG — Deep underground, where huge conveyer belts haul rocks to the surface, 33-year-old mother of two Bernice Motsieloa represents the quiet revolution transforming the macho culture of South African mining. Ms Motsieloa is a shift supervisor at Anglo American’s Bathopele platinum mine — one of several thousand female miners employed […]

South Africa’s female miners break ground for their gender

AFP, 13 JULY 2015 RUSTENBURG — Deep underground, where huge conveyer belts haul rocks to the surface, 33-year-old mother of two Bernice Motsieloa represents the quiet revolution transforming the macho culture of South African mining. Ms Motsieloa is a shift supervisor at Anglo American’s Bathopele platinum mine — one of several thousand female miners employed […]

Razia Adam – Helping women from surrounding communities get a job in mining

Razia Adam is Chief Geologist at South Africa’s Middelbult Colliery and Shondoni Mine. With just seven years under her belt she’s set her eyes on where she wants to be and is shaping out her future aided by her all-important mentors.

Meet Birgit Rameseder

Birgit Rameseder is currently working in a senior position for DeBeers in South Africa. The title of Technical Analyst DBGS (=DeBeers Global Services) isn’t glamorous and misleads you because she works for DeBeers’ Global Mining Division and looks strategically at assets and projects for the company. Previously she was Chief Geologist of De Beer’s Victor Mine […]

Vanessa Ndebele: a passionate mining engineer from South Africa

Vanessa Ndebele is a Senior Mining Engineer – Mining Planning at Anglo American, Kumba Iron Ore. She appeared in the January 2014 edition of Oprah Magazine in South Africa. You can read her interview here.  

Fewer strikes ‘if more women in mining’

That is quite a strong claim! But a claim made by Debbie Ntombela, an amazing woman who is an eminent figure in mining law in South Africa – so we take notice. Debbie heads up the mining regulatory sector at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg and is a practitioner with an in-depth knowledge of the mining and related sectors, […]

Women in underground mining: Going beyond policy in South Africa

I found this news article recently (which I quote in its entirety in blue below) and was fascinated by the question it poses and seeing things through Dr Govender eyes. I wonder if the research has progressed and if there is an update. I plan to contact the CSMI (Centre for Sustainability in Mining & […]

Congratulations to Daphne Mashile-Nkosi for Africa CEO of the Year 2014!

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi was named ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Africa CEO Forum, held in Geneva, Switzerland, this week. The coveted award recognised companies and individuals whose strategies contributed to Africa’s economic ascendance. “I am humbled to have won this prestigious award, for it goes far beyond the recognition of business success, [as it is] coupled […]

WRS interviews Wilhemina Manaso 

WRS, Thursday, March 27th 2014 Wilhelmina Manaso, Mine Manager, BHP Billiton in South Africa shares her experiences and advice for women embarking on a career in the Mining industry… “There are a lot of barriers caused by my gender; as a woman, if you’re doing well in a male-dominated industry they think you’re having an […]

Portraits & Interviews of Women in Mining in South Africa

Solver Consulting is a South African consultancy specialising in skills development, project management, market analysis, impact assessments and best practice benchmarking studies. What attracted my attention to them is a page about women in mining they have on their website which portrays several women working in the sector in South Africa as well as an […]

Women in the Mining Industry by Jennifer Gorton

Jennifer Gorton, Forex Traders, 7th September 2010 The mining industry is one that has been dominated by men for centuries. However, this trend is beginning to change around the world.  Several factors are beginning to coalesce that are forming a strong trend of women entering into the mining industry.  Until the last decade, really, most […]

Women making inroads into male-dominated mining sector despite challenges

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi, Mining Weekly 9th August 2013 The mining industry has historically been characterised by a gender imbalance in favour of men, but some progress has been made in the last few years. Explaining the origin of this imbalance, Frost & Sullivan consultant for growth implementation solutions Nicole Hall says: “Traditionally, the industry has sourced its labour […]

More woman and better technical skills are vital for mining future

I reproduce below an article published end of last month which mentions and quotes Claire McMaster, Chair of WIMSA (Women in Mining South Africa), a WIM group that has grown and developed very rapidly since inception in 2010. WIMSA organised a panel discussion during the conference mentioned in the article. Johannesburg 24 October 2013 According […]

Mining Minerals Sustainable Development: Gender and the Workplace

A report from South Africa of August 2001 on gender issues in the mining sector and mentioning in detail the current situation of women in the sector and the initiatives being taken to improve their possibilities. “The objective of this report is to investigate gender issues within South Africa’s mining sector with a view to understanding […]

Karen Sonnekus: Charting a different course

13 January 2009 HAVING abandoned a family tradition of pursuing a naval career, South African-born Karen Sonnekus says she does not regret choosing her vocation. An associate geotechnical engineer with Coffey Mining in Melbourne, Sonnekus is settled into a career path in mining, and life in Australia. Sonnekus says her key challenges are “working with […]