- More women are joining the South African mining sector
- It is still a male-dominated sector
- The Women in Mining South Africa network offers support to women in the sector
Although the mining sector is still male-dominated, more and more women are joining it and defying the odds to succeed.
This is according to Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA), a networking platform and support group for women in the sector.
It offers mentorship and assistance for women wishing to start their own businesses in the sector. It also encourages young women in education institutions to join.
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WiMSA's chairperson Lindi Nakedi says women in mining often face discrimination and have to confront stereotypes that they do not belong in it.
In an interview with SABC News, she said other challenges include safety in mine shafts and lack of exposure.
According to the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, women only make up 13 percent of the sector.
Nakedi urges the South African government to do more to expose young women to the mining sector and reduce discrimination.
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