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Half of top mining management must be women - ANC Women's League

Feb 06 2017 19:13

Cape Town - At this week's Mining Indaba in Cape Town delegates must come up with practical measures to ensure that women - particularly black women - form 50% of top management in the mining sector by 2018, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) said on Monday.

"There is lack of transformation and implementation of employment equity. According to the Commission of Employment Equity report 2014/15, 62.4% top management in the mining sector is white males," the ANCWL said in a statement.

For the ANCWL it will therefore be disappointing if the majority of participants at this week's 2017 Investing in Africa Mining Indaba are males. The ANCWL said it would feel let down if this turned out to be the case, because women in the mining industry face various challenges.  

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"There is ongoing sexual violence on women in the mines. The Indaba must come up with practical measures to stop sexual violence on women in the mines with immediate effect. The rights of women working in the mines must be respected and protected," said the ANCWL.  

The organisation called on the indaba to come up with practical measures to ensure that 50% of mining ownership is by women - black women in particular - and that 50% of procurement and enterprise development is allocated to women - again especially black women.

The league wants the mining houses to fast track beneficiation to contribute towards creating jobs, of which 50% must go to women. It also demands an improvement in the housing and living conditions of mineworkers, in particular for women miners.

Lastly, it wants mining houses to comply with certain social and labour plans regarding socio-economic development.

"Failure to address these critical issues and coming up with practical implementable measures (means) the indaba will just be another talk show of the previously advantaged, not worrying about the protection of the marginalised and inclusion of the previously disadvantaged into the historically male chauvinistic industry," said the ANCWL.

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