Girls experience work life

2017-06-21 06:00
The female learners who was part of the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative at Kolomela Mine. Photo: Supplied

The female learners who was part of the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative at Kolomela Mine. Photo: Supplied

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At least 15 girls from three different high schools in Postmasburg had the opportunity to experience the work environment at Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela Mine when they were hosted by the mine through the mine’s annual Take a Girl Child to Work initiative.

Kumba is reported to have been supporting the initiative since 2003 by bringing female learners, usually from disadvantaged backgrounds, to the mine, where they spend the day experiencing different aspects of the adult working world.

The 15 Gr. 9 to 12 learners were from Postmasburg, Ratang Thuto and Blinkklip schools, and were also given presentations from two of Kolomela’s Engineering Professional in Training (PIT) female employees, who shared their life’s journey and what it took to get to where they currently are.

One of the engineering PITs, Siyasanga Sontundu, inspired the learners with her own story and advised them to keep “focussed on your goals and you will achieve them”.

The learners also received a treat when they received a school bag and a glimpse of what it is like to be women working in the mining industry.

The learners were divided into two groups and taken on a short site visit to the mining area and the on-site medical facility to show them that there are plenty of other career options in mining other than engineering.

Kumba, a business unit of Anglo American, pledge true commitment to gender equality and a strong focus on women in mining.

This particular initiative proved to help deepen the thinking of the learners about the almost infinite number of different and important roles they could play in society.

“The day’s experiences were specifically designed to enhance their self-esteem, inspire and motivate them to reach their full potential.

“By giving the learners such practical exposure to diverse careers, Kolomela mine hopes to provide them with positive role models and help prepare them for the world of work,” stated Yvonne Mfolo from Anglo American in a press release.

Explaining why Kumba, a business unit of Anglo American, has supported the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative for the last 17 years, George Benjamin, public affairs manager at Kolomela mine, said that they are deeply committed to gender equality and have a strong focus on women in mining.

“We believe this particular initiative will help deepen the girls’ thinking about the almost infinite number of different and important roles they could play in society.”

Benjamin further elaborated that the day was specifically designed to enhance the girls’ self-esteem and to inspire and motivate them to reach their full potential.

“By giving the learners such practical exposure to diverse careers, Kolomela Mine hopes to provide them with positive role models and help prepare them for the world of work,” he said.

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