Mine honoured for projects

2017-05-24 06:03
The Kolomela Mine was the recipient of at least three awards at the national skills development awards in Pretoria in April. At the ceremony were, from the left, Firoz Patel (deputy director-general for the TVET branch), Victoria Molongwana, Priscilla Matete, Boitshoko Monchonyane (Sishen Mine), Herschel Perrimore (Sishen Mine), Michael Moichwa­netsi, Davey Mthe and Maliviwe Lumka (National Skills Authority expert and director: skills branch at the Department of Higher Education and Training).

The Kolomela Mine was the recipient of at least three awards at the national skills development awards in Pretoria in April. At the ceremony were, from the left, Firoz Patel (deputy director-general for the TVET branch), Victoria Molongwana, Priscilla Matete, Boitshoko Monchonyane (Sishen Mine), Herschel Perrimore (Sishen Mine), Michael Moichwa­netsi, Davey Mthe and Maliviwe Lumka (National Skills Authority expert and director: skills branch at the Department of Higher Education and Training).

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The Kolomela Mine was the recipient of at least three awards at the national skills development awards in Pretoria in April.

The mining company walked away with a silver award in the best public sector category and two bronze awards in the best community project and skills category.

Michael Moichwanetsi, the human resource development manager at the mine, explained that the awards were achieved through sticking to their key priorities of creating opportunities for members of their community to access skills development.

“In just two years, we have provided skills development and work readiness programmes for over 350 learners in the Tsantsabane community.

“This includes 155 learners who completed the mining skills programme on operating surface mobile equipment and 120 learners who received basic financial and computer skills at the Kolomela Skills Training Centre,” added Moi­chwanetsi.

The training is reported to have made a tangible and positive impact on the community, with some alumni starting their own businesses, while others got jobs in the area.

According to Moichwanetsi, the awards confirmed that Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela skills development programme was heading in the right direction and had become a source of opportunity and hope for the Tsantsabane community.

“But we will not rest on our laurels. We have a dedicated and professional team who are determined to continue extending and improving our programmes. I am glad they have received the recognition that they deserve,” said Moichwanetsi.

The awards celebrate excellence in skills development practices and are presented annually by the National Skills Authority, which advises the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Organisations were judged on their 2014 to 2016 performance, based on selected criteria.

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