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Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Inaugural Professional Development Programme for Women in Engineering gets thumbs up

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In celebration of Women's Month, women engineers from some of South Africa's top mining houses and consultancies converged on Houghton Boardroom for a 3-day intensive programme covering project management, the basics of finance for engineers, effective communications and technical report writing.


Offered by South African metallurgical consultancy, CM Solutions, the workshop was designed to equip women engineers with useful tried and tested tools to help them in their day to day activities with confidence and to groom them for more senior roles. A team of presenters, all experts in their fields shared their experiences and included Louise Haggis from Rand Refinery who hosted the project management module and Dr Frank Crundwell of CM Solutions who presented finance for engineers.


"WIMSA is very pleased to support an organisation that has developed a training course which deals with the specific skills that women are highlighting as development areas," says Claire McMaster, Chairman of Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA) of this inaugural event.


"This workshop was a much needed initiative to assist women bridge the gap that exists rise to the many challenges they face in the gender biased mining and engineering environment," says Frank Crundwell. "On-going professional development is crucial for women who wish to be noticed for promotions and it is the responsibility of all role players to provide guidance to achieve more equitable gender quotas."


Women engineers from the following companies: Rand Refinery, Lonmin, Anglo American, SA Precious Metals, Logiman, Senet, DRA Mining, Energy Resources Australia and Schletter attended.


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Notes to Editors

  • Issued by: Natascha Uberbacher, Director: Public Relations and Corporate Communications, 072 531 9717.
  • Attached please find some photos of delegates that attended the Professional Development for Women in Engineering Programme.
  • A copy of the programme is available on request and individual interviews with delegates can be facilitated.
  • For further information contact: Dr Frank Crundwell, Director: + 27 (82) 441 2788 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About CM Solutions (Pty) Ltd

  • CM Solutions is a metallurgical consultancy that partners with clients to offer a tailor-made service in four areas: design, process optimization consulting, metallurgical testwork and professional training for engineers and metallurgists.

About Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA)

  • WiMSA is a volunteer not-for-profit organisation aimed at providing a forum to facilitate growth and participation of women in the mining industry of South Africa.  WiMSA aims to provide support and guidance for personal growth, leadership and career development through building relationships. 

For all media enquiries contact Natascha: 072 531 9717

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