9 November 2017

South Africa: Notes From the House - Gender Commission Takes On Patriarchy in the Mining Sector


South Africa has a barrage of legislation and conventions to promote gender equality, and by and large industry knows it is no longer business as usual. Except the mining sector, it seems. You don't have to be a burly man wielding a drill to take up a position in the boardroom, but the Commission of Gender Equality told Parliament this week that the industry seems determinedly resistant to change. By MOIRA LEVY.

First published by Notes from the House

The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) found few signs of change after completing an investigation into transformation in the mining industry.

The Systemic Investigation into Mining, conducted in 2015 and released in the 2016/17 financial year, set out to investigate the challenges that continue to face women in the sector. It was also prompted by observations that the disabled face similar obstacles in this industry.

In its report to the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, presented at Parliament this week, the CGE stated, "Despite all the various legislative, policy and other instruments promoting gender mainstreaming and transformation, progress has been extremely slow in the mining sector."

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