The month of August is an important month in the South African calendar. It is a month where women of South Africa are reveled for the heroic step which they took on August 9, 1956. Marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, they defiantly stood against the proposed extension of “Pass Laws” to women.
As part of commemorating the contribution of the South African women, the Department of Mineral Resources hosted the Women in Mining Lekgotla in Boksburg, Johannesburg, on the 16th and 17th August 2012. In a gesture of support, Kalagadi Manganese sent their own women delegates to the Lekgotla. This conference was hosted under the theme: "Safety, security and comfort for women in mining: Towards a programme of action for women by women." Its main objective is to provide a blueprint for new gender sensitive health and safety standards for the South African mining industry.
In a series of discussions, women mine workers, mine managers, operational managers and executives, broke into groups to discuss the challenges of safety and transformation within this historically male-dominated industry. Among the key issues that were addressed, were the continued call for meaningful transformation, not only at ownership level, but also relating to the culture and attitudes in the workplace.
Delegates were treated to a gala dinner which was hosted in honour of the newly elected chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and to celebrate South African fashion and jewellery design.