The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source information about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.
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Date 03 August 2021
- 04 August 2021
Location The Canvas Riversands, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
Resources DIMI Announcement & CFP 29042021.pdf


Empowering the African minerals industry through diversity and inclusion

The SAIMM through its committee for Diversity and Inclusion in the Minerals Industry (DIMI) and in collaboration with Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) is excited to announce its first ever conference focusing on the issues of diversity and inclusion in the mining and minerals industry.

The Southern African Mining sector, just like the global mining industry, still faces huge challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. While the landscape might be changing due to a lot of companies becoming more aware of the need for a more representative and diverse workforce, there is still a lot to be done. Beside issues of gender disparity in the industry, safe spaces in the workplace, protective equipment, sanitation facilities, pregnancy and childcare facilities for women are some of the challenges that continue to plague the sector. The industry also needs to go beyond workforce diversity to inclusion. Identifying individuals from different geographic, gender, economic and cultural groups, creating safe spaces for them, providing support for them to grow into their roles and creating conditions that promote inclusion on a daily basis can go a long way in retaining and advancing the careers of these individuals and hence contribute to the long term growth of the mining sector. There is thus, a need for platforms that allow for discussions that can lead to the development of strategies for advancing and encouraging decisions that are in the best interest of a diverse workforce.