Mine’s training facility embraces quality work

2018-03-21 06:01

After having received both International Organization for Standardization (ISO) cer­tification and Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) accreditation in January, the Kolomela Mine’s training facility now prides itself in being considered top of its class.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification is described as an internationally recognised standard, and shows that a company has embraced the concept of quality training through continual improvement.

The MQA maintains the quality of training assessments throughout the mining and minerals sector by auditing the quality of providers such as the Kolomela Mine Training Department.

Michael Moichwanetsi, HRD manager at the Kolomela Mine, explained that Kolomela training was previously operating under Kumba Iron Ore MQA accreditation.

It was then deemed better for the company if every business unit in Kumba Iron Ore obtained its own accreditation.

“Receiving both these seals of approval in one month, after intense preparation and rigorous audits, is indeed cause for celebration,” said Moichwanetsi.

“One of the pillars (requirements) for the full accreditation is to have a Quality Management System (QMS) ISO 9001 in place, or be in a process of getting such a QMS.

“Thus the Kolomela Mine Human Resources Department decided to implement the ISO 9000:2015 QMS.”

He said that the company started with a need analysis, understanding their capability and how to close the gap and have ISO 9000:2015 implemented.

“We took some of the staff members through the QMS introduction programme and auditing process.”

The audit for stage one and two was conducted in October 2017, as well as the MQA audit, and it turned up a clean audit and with just one recommendation.

“The MQA recommended that we receive full accredi­tation on condition we received the ISO 9001:2015 certification,” said Moichwanetsi.

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