Without doubt, our employees are our most important assets.
Attracting and retaining local people is critical for our company’s long-term success. We seek, as far as possible, to create employment opportunities within local communities, and ensure our contractor companies do the same.
Diversity and inclusion
We have embedded a culture of respect for gender diversity and different ethnicities throughout our organisation. Our commitment extends beyond compliance and we have set internal targets that exceed those prescribed by legislation. We monitor our progress in terms of our recruitment practices and employment equity policy. We address barriers to entry though our women in mining committees at our operations. We undertake workplace audits, and through our mentorship and informal coaching programmes we identify and support women to reach senior levels within the company.
Training and development
We continue to invest in uplifting our employees and invest around R140 million in training and development, of which around R111 million is invested in historically disadvantaged employees.
We run extensive internship and learnership programmes, as well as employee development programmes. In addition, we develop our talent pipeline through bursary schemes, a community scholarship scheme and study assistance for employees.
Note that this data is for the 2020 financial year, and therefore predates the formation of Seriti Power
Sound labour relations
Over the years, we have fostered sound relationships with recognised unions and associations, which are based on open communication and engagement. Seriti recognises three unions: the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the United Association of South Africa (UASA) and Solidarity.