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 from a predominantly male, rural workforce. Prior to the 1990s, South African women were prohibited or otherwise constrained by legislation from being employed in mining activities underground,” she notes.
Women, therefore, would not get the chance to attain senior positions in the industry as they were not permitted entry underground.
According to a study, ‘Mining for Talent’, published in January and conducted by Women in Mining (Wim) UK and Price-waterhouseCoopers, the mining industry has the lowest number of women on company boards of any industry group in the world. ..
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