exxaroMining Weekly reports that diversified miner Exxaro Resources has appointed Tamara Qwatekana as the company’s first ever female mining manager.  

She will be based at Exxaro’s digital connected mine in Belfast, Mpumalanga.  Qwatekana was previously the company’s first female superintendent at its Grootgeluk operation, in Limpopo.  In a statement published on Friday, Qwatekana reflected on being a woman working in the mining sector. “To me, women empowerment means giving women opportunities and holding them to the same standards of accountability as their male colleagues. Women empowerment is proving, beyond doubt, that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to and knowing that the standards didn’t have to be lowered to ‘accommodate’ us”.  She went on to note:  “Diversity goes beyond hiring a young black woman. It also means creating an environment where a diverse workforce can thrive.”  Belfast mine people operations manager Mandla Motau said Exxaro was fast-tracking many women through succession planning processes, and was ensuring that adequate support was provided to them.  He added that Exxaro “prioritises females for training opportunities”, such as engineering learnerships, internships and professionals-in-training programmes to create a sufficient female talent pool.

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