Approval sought to let women work underground


FEMALE mining geologists and engineers will be allowed to work underground once it is approved, says Mining Ministry first secretary David Motsy.
He said on Friday that the current law did not allow female engineers and geologists to go underground but that would be changed soon.
Motsy said Mining Minister Johnson Tuke wanted to do away with this.
“He (Tuke) will make that announcement once ready,” Motsy said.
He said this was one of the initiatives that the ministry had come up with.
The others were:

  • Mining licences to be publicly presented to mining and exploration companies on a bi-monthly basis in line with meetings of the mining advisory council (MAC) throughout this year; and
  • Quarterly mining chief executive officers’ breakfast that will see all mining CEOs meet with Tuke to discuss issues affecting the industry or each mining company.

Motsy said there would also be a ‘Yumi Toktok’ mining radio programme and a fortnightly mining issue supplement in the newspapers.

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