According to Women in Mining South Africa, 89 per cent of women took on professional roles in the industry, while 77 per cent were in operational posts, signalling the ability for women to occupy both the technical and manual positions in the industry.
Daphney Mashile-Nkosi, CEO of Kalagadi Manganese, belives that there is still however more room for women in South Africa's mining industry.
“I realised women are not in mining, and that I can make a change,” Mashile-Nkosi told CNBC Africa.
Mashile-Nkosi was awarded the 2014 African CEO of the year by the Africa Forum in Geneva, and believes that women continue to have a major role to contribute in the mining sector.
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“We need awareness programmes, [and] advocacy programmes that can encourage South Africans to know that the economy has to be built by them," said Mashile- Nkosi.
Bridgette Radebe, founder and executive chairperson of Mmakau Mining, has, like Mashile-Nkosi, contributed to the transformation of mining in South Africa in the last two decades.
In the 1980s Radebe became the first black South African mining entrepreneur. She also played an integal role in the Minerals and Petroleum Development act, Mining charter, and is president of the South African Mining Development Association.
Her contribution to various legislations advocated the transformation of black African participation, female participation at executive level, and social responsibilities of mining companies to their respective communities.
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Mashile-Nkosi therefore believes that entrepreneurship and communication is a major contributor to the economic growth of a nation, and the mining sector is no exception.
“I was an entrepreneur who didn’t want to be categorised in a box," Mashile-Nkosi added, suggesting that corporates in South Africa and government should encourage social responsibility and communicate social labour responsibility to investors.