School girls learn about mining

2015-06-10 06:02
AMONG the group of girls of the three high schools in Postmasburg are at the back George Benjamin of public affairs, in front, left, Trisha Naicker of the mining department and on the right, back, Oluwakemi Agunbiade of the engineering department at

AMONG the group of girls of the three high schools in Postmasburg are at the back George Benjamin of public affairs, in front, left, Trisha Naicker of the mining department and on the right, back, Oluwakemi Agunbiade of the engineering department at

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TAKE a Girl Child to Work Day is an annual corporate social investment event on the national calendar where companies committed to the purpose of the initiative participate in allowing girl learners to spend the day at their businesses, exposing them to the workplace environment.

It happens most often where a parent, guardian or family member is employed, but also in groups at schools and civil society organisations.

According to Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, the initiative has also been called South Africa’s largest collaborative act of volunteerism.

The main purpose of this successful initiative that they partook in was repor-tedly to provide girl children in gr. 10, gr. 11 and gr. 12 across the country with the opportunity to deepen and positively challenge their thinking while encoura-ging their aspirations about their role in society and more importantly guide them in terms of their future career choices.

The Kolomela Mine hosted students of various schools, including the Blinkklip High School in Postdene, Ratang Thuto High School in Boichoko and Postmasburg High School for the day, where the mine engaged with the learners through presentations and creating awareness around the opportunities for women in the mining industry.

When the students were asked what their future study plans were, a gr. 12 learner of Postmasburg High expressed that when she completed high school, she would like to either study Forensic Sciences or Chemical Engineering.

Several other students also contributed to the conversation like the gr. 12 learner of Ratang Thuto High who said that she would like to pursue aeronautical engineering, while a gr. 11 learner from Blinkklip said that she would like to venture into the medical field and make a difference in the lives of other people.

“Kolomela is a model mine in driving gender transformation, promoting opportunities for women in all aspects of mining with more than 20% of the workforce being women working in core mining.

“This is double the 10% prescribed government target in the Mining Charter,” stated Cindy Ramnarayan, the communications practitioner at Anglo American, in a statement.

Analine Fielding, finance manager at the Kolomela Mine who gave the students a motivational talk, was quoted as saying: “The way forward to prepare, grow and retain women for mining is to drive Mathematics and Science at an early age in the schooling of girl-children and expose them to the possibilities in mining as a career choice.

“Even create meaningful development programmes – mentoring, coaching and shadowing.”

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