Petra recognises the benefits of a diverse workforce and actively encourages women at all levels of the business.
Our aim is to afford women the appropriate training, development and attention to progress within the organisation across all job levels. Petra has a number of initiatives which focus on developing women into managerial positions, such as the LDP, which has since its inception focused on the advancement of women (23% of participants are female). We are focused on affording women an equal role as part of the next generation of Petra employees, and as a result 44% of our interns, 33% of our engineering learnerships, 40% of our mining learnerships and 39% of our bursars in FY 2018 were female.
To support the development of women, Petra formed a Women in Mining (“WIM”) Committee in FY 2015, with the aim of creating a platform at Petra’s South African operations to share experiences, identify challenges in the workplace and to promote development opportunities. The WIM Committee is tasked with reviewing Company policies and procedures, with the goal of attracting and retaining female representation in the Group, as well as providing input and recommendations to management on issues relating to women. The WIM Committee meets every quarter and provides input and feedback to the Petra Group HSEQ Steering Committee.
In February 2018 a group of Petra employees represented the Company at the 9th ITC Annual Leadership for Women in Mining Conference in Johannesburg. The conference was attended by approximately 300 women and provided an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing information and experience of the industry.
Speakers from the South African mining industry spoke on a wide range of topics including “Opportunities for SMME supplier development”, “Empowering women through successful private and public collaboration with financial institutions”, “Forming Regional Committees for the advancement of women in mining” and “Empowering women in mining outside of the workplace”. There were also presentations from representatives from mines in Kenya, Namibia, Botswana and Ghana. The conference also included panel sessions that addressed health and safety for women in mining and sexual harassment in the workplace.