Pinpoint Stewards is a women-owned conference company on a mission to create a platform that gives visibility to current and upcoming women leaders within the mining sector. The company has organised the annual Women and Leadership in Mining conference taking place from 30 to 31 August in Johannesburg with the theme, ‘It’s DUE: Develop, Unite and Empower.’

Just some of the dynamic women leaders to address the conference and debate the issues of the day are profiled below:

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Doubling women in mining by 2025

The Minerals Council South Africa and its members have set stretch targets to double the percentage of women in mining by 2025, towards a 30% to 40% representation across industry with 50% in management over the next decade.

“If industry has committed to the targets in mining by 2025, everyone must play their part to ensure women are acknowledged for their contribution in the sector and this conference will do exactly that – identify future leaders,” says co-owner Sudhira Sewsunker.

A panel discussion on day two of the conference will address the Minerals Council members’ ambitious targets to be met by 2025, featuring three women nominated for the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2022/2023. These inspirational women will deliberate on how these targets can be achieved realistically, and include Raksha Naidoo chairperson at WiMSA, Fatima Hayat, human resource manager at Glencore Alloys-Wonderkop Smelter, Mogaleadi Seabela, section manager at Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore as well as Fatima Collins, project manager – Women of Sibanye-Stillwater.

Raksha Naidoo’s top 3 achievements:

  • Setting up a full production scale analytical laboratory from scratch, researching, validating and implementing new process and product development, which was successfully scaled up to production level
  • Growing her current business into a global industry leader and completing a successful acquisition of one of the company’s major global competitors
  • Being selected as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2022

Raksha Naidoo chairperson at WiMSA. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Raksha Naidoo chairperson at WiMSA. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

 

Fatima Hayat’s top 3 achievements:

  • First HDSA female and the youngest to be appointed at Glencore into a senior management role
  • Selected as HR manager of the year within the Glencore Alloys group
  • Successfully led wage negotiations for the western smelters for the past six years without any labour unrest
  • 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining UK nominee for the 2022/2023 year.

Fatima Hayat, human resource manager at Glencore Alloys-Wonderkop Smelter. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Fatima Hayat, human resource manager at Glencore Alloys-Wonderkop Smelter. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

 

Mogaleadi Seabela’s top 3 achievements:

  • 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, by WiM UK, 2022 edition
  • 18th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards: Winner Top Women in Science
  • The youngest winner of the Standard Bank Rising Stars awards

Mogaleadi Seabela, section manager at Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Mogaleadi Seabela, section manager at Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

 

Fatima Collins’s top 3 achievements:

  • Lead on a World Bank project for Renewable Energy Market Transformation with the Development Bank of South Africa in 2009
  • Founded the Development Impact Advisory division of a civil engineering business, rebranding the organisation as a development impact business in the construction industry
  • Appointed as part of the first cohort of students to join India’s leading private bank, ICICI, in Mumbai in 2007

Fatima Collins, project manager – Women of Sibanye-Stillwater. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Fatima Collins, project manager – Women of Sibanye-Stillwater. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

 Raise a hand and step up

The explosive topic of having more women occupy critical leadership positions in the industry and how to ensure more women raise their hand to step into leadership opportunities will be addressed by Tumi Sedupane, group human resource manager at Overlooked Group.

Tumi Sedupane’s top 3 achievements:

  • Developed and centralised HR policies and HR templates across six mining operations
  • Successfully launched the Employee Wellness Programme and a Performance Management Process and implemented a new HR Structure with HR Shared Services department
  • Successfully underwent an organisational Climate Survey where we were able to identify current organisational gaps from the employees’ point of view

Tumi Sedupane, group human resource manager at Overlooked Group. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Tumi Sedupane, group human resource manager at Overlooked Group. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Modernisation towards safety and sustainability

Mokgadi Maloba, group environmental manager and ESG coordinator at Salungano Group will raise the issue of affording more opportunities for women to access the mining sector through modernisation towards safety and sustainability.

Mokgadi Maloba’s top 3 achievements:

  • Award for The Best National Water Use License Assessor in the Department of Water and Sanitation – 2016
  • Diversifying her department’s contractors and service providers to include the most disadvantaged groups
  • Playing a critical role in developing and implementing Salungano’s ESG strategy, that saw the organisation undertake a journey towards diversification from coal to a diversified investment company as part of the just transition, which attracted numerous coal mining awards

Mokgadi Maloba, group environmental manager and ESG coordinator at Salungano Group. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Mokgadi Maloba, group environmental manager and ESG coordinator at Salungano Group. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Policies and legislation to advance women

“Having policies and legislation in place to advance women is essential to empowering them” is a pivotal subject to be addressed and evaluated on day one of the conference by Maropeng Ketjoe, project manager Social and Legal Compliance, Ivanhoe Mines. 

Maropeng Ketjoe’s top 3 achievements:

  • Over ten years industry experience and 16 years post grad
  • Launched first WiM forum at Sasol Mining in 2013
  • Was an executive member of BLA

Maropeng Ketjoe, project manager Social and Legal Compliance, Ivanhoe Mines. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

Maropeng Ketjoe, project manager Social and Legal Compliance, Ivanhoe Mines. Supplied Pinpoint Stewards

 

To see more profiled women leaders to address the conference go to https://www.africanmining.co.za/2023/07/17/current-and-upcoming-women-leaders-to-address-women-and-leadership-in-mining-conference-part-1/

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

Sponsors and exhibitors are welcome to join in the two-day conference.  Companies who have taken early advantage to showcase their support towards women empowerment and exhibit at the conference include: Tshepa Basadi Group, River Minerals (Pty) Ltd and Total Energies (Pty), Ltd, with Blue Hawk Tactical and Safer City looking at how the mining sector can be made into a safer environment for women.  De Grendel wines will be sponsoring the wine tasting, which will take place after a full day of speaker engagements for networking.

Giving back:

The conference seeks to elevate the issue of GBV and mentorship and therefore a percentage of the profits for the conference will be donated to both the Lighthouse Baby shelter and WiMSA.

For more information and the full conference brochure contact: info@pinpointstewards.co.za