The mining industry has made significant strides in gender equality in recent years, largely thanks to the remarkable efforts and resilience of women in the field. Their dedication, skills, and determination have played a crucial role in driving meaningful change and transformation, while inspiring more women to join the mining industry.
The Minerals Council of South Africa reports that the number of women working in the mining industry has significantly grown. In 2002, there were approximately 11,400 women employed in the industry, while in 2023, the number reached almost 72,200. Women now constitute 15% of the mining labour force in the country, which amounts to approximately 475,000 individuals.
To celebrate South Africa’s National Women’s Day on August 9th 2023, BME will highlight the valuable insights and perspectives of the remarkable women at BME throughout the month of August.
Many highly skilled and qualified women hold senior positions at BME, in various fields like technical, engineering, law, and safety. Among these influential women are Dr. Rakhi Pathak, Nelisile Thanjekwayo, and Mmono Mokhuthu. Dr. Rakhi is a Senior Product Manager for AN Products, Equipment, and Services in Australia. Nelisile heads the Legal Department, while Mmono is a skilled Electronics Technician.
Ralf Hennecke, the Managing Director of BME, stresses that empowering women and achieving gender equality is a shared responsibility among all colleagues in the organization, across all of BME’s territories.
BME is committed to building a more equitable industry and expanding opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender identity. Together with the Omnia Group, BME strive towards achieving the group’s purpose of innovating to enhance life and creating a greener future.
Click to read the full article on Mining Review >