Kalgold hosted about 700 employees at their air landing strip. There was industrial theatre highlighting issues of safety and health in line with the Minerals Council South Africa mandate, speeches from the DMR, organised labour from NUM and AMCU, the CEO and COO and executive team members. Attendees enjoyed a song and dance performance by the Kalgold Choir who crafted a song around safety and health.
“There is no operational excellence without safe production. At Kalgold, we are fortunate that we have not had any fatalities in the past few years and we have to continue on this trajectory and ensure that we also examine and test our health because there cannot be a safe mine without healthy employees.” – Joe Mosupye (Kalgold GM).
- DMR – Gagamang Motlhamme, Senior Inspector of Mines
- Organised labour
- CEO, Peter Steenkamp
- COO, Beyers Nel
- Health Executive, Dr. Tumi Legobye
- Safety and Technology Executive, Thomas van den Berg
Harmony Gold Mining Company hosted safety days across all operations in October, spreading the Zero Harm mandate far and wide to all employees.
Each of the days were filled with entertainment performances such as dancers, and an industrial theatre shows highlighting the importance of safety. The performances and speeches were all done in line with the Minerals Council safety mandate. Employees were also encouraged to participate in certain health tests, to help prevent serious illnesses at a later stage in life, and were encouraged to test for the top 5 diseases that may affect them including prostate and cervical cancer. They were also reminded about the importance of working safely and managing their health so that they return home to their families and communities.
To incentivise safety, question and answer rounds were held and employees could win spot prizes such as LED TVs, microwave ovens and cellphones if they answered questions on safety correctly.
“Harmony’s approach to safety is in line with our number one value of safety. This is a moral imperative and we’re on an uncompromising goal to achieve Zero Harm. Our employees must go back to their families and communities unharmed on a daily basis.” said Peter Steenkamp, CEO of Harmony Gold.