Petra is committed to encouraging women in mining by actively appointing women at all levels of the business, and developing women to fill more senior positions.
In FY 2022, 46% (FY 2021: 39%) of our interns, 30% (FY 2021: 36%) of our engineering learnerships, 44% (FY 2021: 44%) of our mining learnerships, 67% (FY 2021: 75%) of our bursary students, 50% (FY 2021: 55%) of employees attending the management development programme in FY 2022 were female.
In FY 2022, Petra continued its Women in Mining (WiM) Committees at each operation. The WiM committees’ charter aim to create a safe and respectful workplace culture for all women in Petra. Our WiM committees aim to review Company policies and procedures, attract and retain female representation, provide input and recommendations to management on issues relating to women. Chairpersons of the WiM Committees at each operation are invited to attend Petra’s WiL committee meeting to report on any material issues. The Group health and safety manager is a member of the WiL committee and provides updates and feedback on the activities of the WiM committees. The WiL Committee’s five focus areas are tabled below:
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Petra has several initiatives aimed at developing women into managerial positions. In FY 2022, we relaunched our Women in Leadership (WiL) programme. This programme is built on the success of previous years and incorporates several enhancements through lessons learnt. In FY 2022, our male employees were included in the programme; attending several diversity related webinars and engaging in courageous conversations in sessions with female participants on several WiL topics. These sessions were aimed at creating awareness of WiL issues and time for self-awareness and reflection. The WiL programme was further endorsed by our female Board members, who addressed the participants during some of these webinars.
Varda Shine (Petra’s Senior Independent Non-Executive Director) joined Petra’s Women in Leadership (“WiLPower”) group to empower them through coaching on appropriate assertiveness in a diverse and complex environment. “Authentic female leaders accept that emotions are part of who they are and contribute to being compassionate leaders.” The Group’s WiLPower programme provides Petra’s women with a platform for self-development and growth by exploring critical issues in the work place and through engagement sessions with both female and male colleagues supported by a number of prominent internal and external guest speakers.
Finsch Diamond Mine, in partnership with The Wonderbag South Africa, launched a Women’s Empowerment Project in the Kgatelopele Local Municipality during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children’ campaign. The project was aimed to assist women who are excessively burdened with collecting firewood and cooking daily. Isolated activities such as collecting firewood, places females at a higher risk of danger. The Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention slow cooker that allows food that has been brought to boil to continue to cook for up to eight hours without the use of additional energy sources. It can reduce a family’s fuel consumption by up to 30% and water usage by 80%.