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#016 Mentoring conversations with our mining engineers

Career insights from our mentors and mentees.

Pity Pheko (WiMSA 2021 mentee/ Production Section Manager / Thungela)
Anelisa Zimema (WiMSA 2021 mentee / Mining engineering graduate trainee / Idwala Industrial Holdings)
Nkosingiphile Sibisi (WIMSA Mentee 2021 / Miner / Barberton Mines)
Thabile Makgala (Exec Eastern Limb / Implats); Mogaleadi Seabela (Section Manager / Sishen Iron Ore)

In this episode, Briony Liber focuses on mining engineering as a career.

Our mentors Thabile Makgala (Exec Eastern Limb / Implats) and Mogaleadi Seabela (Section Manager / Sishen Iron Ore) share their experiences with three of our WIMSA 2021 mentees: Pity Pheko (Production Section Manager / Thungela); Anelisa Zimema (Mining engineering graduate trainee / Idwala Industrial Holdings); Nkosingiphile Sibisi (Miner / Barberton Mines). Throughout the conversation, we learn as much from our mentees as we do from our mentors and several themes emerge from this conversation that are relevant not just to mining engineers but to all professions including create a network, put your hand up even if you don't know how, do the unglamorous work, stay the course, work through the tough stuff, get your hands dirty, get out of your comfort zone, look to see how you can serve others, learn from failure, course-correct as you go.
WiMSA Website Connect with Thabile Connect with Pity Connect with Anelisa Connect with Nkosi Connect with Mogaleadi Connect with Briony

#015 Mentoring Programme - Reflections 6 months in

Host: Briony Liber (Briony Liber Coaching)
Raksha Naidoo (Wimsa Vice Chair and mentoring sub committee)
Yusavia Naidoo (Mentoring sub committee)

In January 2021 Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) launched our mentoring programme - a fully online peer-to-peer mentoring format. In this episode the WIMSA mentoring subcommittee members, Briony Liber, Raksha Naidoo and Yusavia Naidoo reflect on where the programme has come from, discuss some myths about mentoring, share some of the highlights 6 months into the programme, and outline the vision for the rest of 2021. They also talk about how the programme will be expanded in 2022. One thing they conclude and celebrate is the way in which the mentees are living up to the theme for the year which is to #showupandshine.
Sponsored by AMIS Sponsored by Anglo American In Partnership with Briony Liber Coaching

#014 Talking to our Patrons | Dr. Thuthula Balfour

Thuthula Balfour | Minerals Council South Africa

In this episode WiMSA chairperson, Petro du Pisani, speaks to Dr. Thuthula Balfour, Head of Health for the Minerals Council South Africa. Dr Balfour has headed and coordinated the South African mining industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. She is also a WiMSA patron and she leads the Minerals Council’s Women in Mining Task Team.

Thuthula explains how she ended up working in the mining industry. We talk about the Minerals Council's white paper on women in mining, which has lead to a number of workstreams being executed by the women in mining task team.
These workstreams include:
- A gender & diversity reporting platform
- Reaffirming zero tolerance for gender-based violence
- Diversity and Inclusion Policies
- Unconscious bias training to transform culture

Thuthula explains what it means for her to be a WiMSA patron, and she talks about her vision for women in mining in the South African mining industry.
Learn more about the Minerals Council Connect with Thuthula on LinkedIn Become a WiMSA member now

#013 We talk to WiM Argentina

Connecting with other WiM organisations across the world

Today's participants:
Petro du Pisani (WiMSA | Chairperson)
Briony Liber (WiMSA | Mentoring lead)
Nora Fiorini (WiM Argentina)

This episode is a conversation between Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) and Women in Mining Argentina.

We speak about our organizations, our approach to mentorship, what it means to be part of a WiM group and what our WiM aspirations are for the future.
Learn more about Women in Mining South Africa here Learn more about Women in Mining Argentina here Connect with Nora Connect with Briony Connect with Petro

#012 Shine in 2021

Inspiring women to build a better world through mining

In this episode Petro and Raksha explain what WiMSA's updated purpose - 'inspiring women to build a better world through mining' means to them.

They outline WiMSA's focus areas for 2021 and provide a preview of what members can expect for the remainder of the year.
Find out more about WiMSA and to become a member Apply for our mentoring programme (closes 19 Feb 2021) Connect with Raksha on LinkedIn Connect with Petro on LinkedIn Briony Liber Coaching

#011 Women's Month wrap-up

Digital Diaries Episode 4

Mbali Magudulela (Sibanye Stillwater)
Nola Xala (Sibanye Stillwater)
Lindy Scott (Lindy Scott Creations)

This episode wraps up WiMSA's women's month programme. We reflect on the Digital Diaries programme which took place every Thursday in August (2020). Since WiMSA's 2020 drive is FutureFIT, where F stands for Focussed, I stands for Inspired and T stands for Transformed, we hosted four evening events with the same themes (including Future).

The Digital Diaries series was sponsored by Sibanye Stillwater. WiMSA deputy chair (Petro du Pisani) speaks to Mbali and Nola from Sibanye Stillwater and Lindy Scott (fellow committee member and creative), who pulled together this amazing programme.

We talk about our highlights from the programme, supporting artists and creatives during the Covid-19 pandemic and how a focus on mental health provided the inspiration for putting the programme together.
Thanks to our Sponsors Sibanye Stillwater Lindy Scott

#010 The Mine of the Future


Dr. Gargi Mishra (Hatch | Senior Principal Digital Mine)

In this Episode Tendani Lukhaimane (WiMSA Regional Lead MP) talks about the Future with Dr. Gargi Mishra. Dr. Gargi is a geologist by profession who later transition into the space of Innovation. We explore her personal journey, discuss emerging technology trends, COVID-19 Impact as well as diversity and inclusivity.
Connect with Gargi on LinkedIn Connect with Tendani on LinkedIn

#009 Women in Mining Entrepreneurs- a found passion!

Women in Mining Entrepreneurs- a found passion! — Inspired - conversation with a woman entrepreneur in mining - taking up space
Olebogeng Sentsho (Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund | CEO)

In this Episode of Network, Lindi Nakedi has a candid conversation with Olebogeng Sentsho (Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund CEO) on her passion for the mining industry and the responsibility that all women in mining have to ensure that more women can enter the space and thrive in it.

Olebogeng can be described as an unapologetically confident force, disrupting and challenging the status quo in mining. She is the voice of young women and men in the junior mining sector.

Our conversation is on her journey into mining, legacy mindedness and challenges still faced by women in the industry and possible solutions.

This is the second installment of the WiMSA Digital Diaries in celebration of Women's Month and the theme for the week is INSPIRED.
Connect with Olebogeng on LinkedIn

#008 Careers, Covid19 and Mining

What it takes to have a career in mining - an industry in transition

Claire McMaster (Fraser Alexander | Executive: Head Human Resources)

In this episode, Briony Liber, committee member and mentoring lead for Women in Mining South Africa, chats with Claire McMaster about what it takes to have a career in mining.

The mining landscape and the skills required to thrive in a career in the mining industry have changed dramatically in the last few years, and Covid-19 has accelerated that. In this episode, we discuss the human resources challenges facing the mining industry, the way in which technology is contributing to and changing the mining industry, the changing skill sets that professionals need to survive and thrive in the mining industry, and how organisations can help their employees thrive under COVID-19 as it accelerates the need to embrace technological solutions.
Connect with Claire on LinkedIn Fraser Alexander Briony Liber Coaching

#007 Mining Indaba 2020 Roundup

In this episode WiMSA Deputy chair Petro du Pisani speaks to fellow committee members Briony Liber and Lindy Scott about their recent experiences at the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba.
The Mining Indaba is the world's largest mining investment event and takes place each February.
A number of WiMSA committee members attended this year's Indaba, some of their tickets generously sponsored by the organisers of the event, the Hyve GrouP Plc.
This year Briony and Lindy recorded some insights from delegates at the event.
In this podcast we mix together Briony and Lindy's reflections with those of the delegates recorded at the event.
You will hear the voices of the following delegates:

- Holly Bridgwater, Unearthed Solutions
- Jeannette Hofsajer, Minerals Council South Africa
- Keitumetse Lekaba, Quartile Capital Holdings
- Kesia Kariko, Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
- Koketso Busang, MMS Africa
- Olebogeng Sentsho, Simba Mngodi Mining Incubation Fund
- Raksha Naidoo, AMIS
- Tatiana Zamorova, Du Pont Sustainable Solutions
- Zenzi Awases, Women in Mining Association of Namibia

At the Indaba WiMSA hosted a panel on gender diversity sponsored by Webber Wentzel and AMIS confirmed their sponsorship for WiMSA's mentoring programme.

In our next episodes we will talk more about WiMSA's Future Fit and mentoring programmes.

Find out more about the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba here:
Thanks to Webber Wentzel for sponsoring the WiMSA breakfast
Thanks to AMIS for sponsorship towards WiMSA's mentoring programme.
Music : Faith by Vibe Tracks
Connect with WiMSA on LinkedIn /women-in-mining-south-africa
Follow WiMSA on Facebook /WomenInMiningSouthAfrica
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#006 How women bring value to the mining sector

In this episode Petro du Pisani (WiMSA) speaks to Rumisha Motilal about the outcomes of her MBA dissertation, where she asked the question: " Do women add value in the mining sector." This podcast is a follow-on from a women's day event hosted by WiMSA at Anglo American's Centre for Experiential Learning in August. Rumisha also gives some handy tips on things that women can start doing tomorrow to advance in their careers.
Connect with Rumisha Motilal

#005 Show up in your full potential

In this episode Briony Liber (Briony Liber Coaching and WIMSA Committee Member) talks with guests, Kurisani Maswanganyi (Chief Cheerleader) and Palesa Naka (Chief Beneficiator) from Kulani Engineering, and Naomi Molefe (Innovation and Digital Consultant and Chairperson of Women in Big Data SA) about bringing their full potential to their careers in the mining industry. We also explore the future of work, valuing yourself, developing an intentional personal brand and building your career mindset about creating your career rather than waiting for a career.

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