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No one believes they are in the mining sector. Most people think they are party girls

South Africans are free from slavery and oppression especially women. Before democracy, there were certain things women were not permitted to do. They were not allowed to have careers in certain fields or industries but gone are those days.

Mining is historically a male-dominated industry. The under-representation of women in mining reflects broader social inequalities, but gender inequality is bad for business, as well as bad for women.

Mining is lagging behind in its progress on gender equality. Despite the focus on diversity and inclusion in the last two decades, women continue to be vastly under-represented at all levels. The benefits of diversity are widely acknowledged. So why has the mining sector been slow to change? And what can be done to address the gender imbalance?

Diversity has new importance in the age of innovation.

The mining industry is changing rapidly. As commodity prices fluctuate, companies are embracing data, analytics and connectivity to help them compete. In this new era, organisational agility and fast-paced innovation are strategic imperatives.

Bear in mind that no pregnant woman may work underground, and the mine is obligated to provide safe above-ground work during pregnancy, maternity leave and breastfeeding. Additionally, some underground tasks may have a physiological effect on women, which they do not have on men.

female mine workers often face discrimination, poor working conditions and unequal pay for equal work.

Common challenges facing the mining industry

• Access to energy. As resources in some areas become scarce or depleted, companies are forced to push new frontiers of exploration.

• Health and Safety. Mining is a dangerous profession.

• Access to Capital.

• Volatility of commodity prices.

• Environmental footprint.

Gender equality has been promoted among social responsibility by mining companies. A key challenge for the management of sustainable development programs for gender equality is the need to develop sophisticated approaches that work at both local and international levels.

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