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Mine launches worker matric programme

03 November 2018

One of the oldest mines in the Northern Cape, Assmang Iron Ore Beeshoek, has taken an emphatic stride to ensure that workers obtain a recognisable qualification that suits them in the workplace and the wider market.

Launching the two-year programme on October 24, 2018, at the Postmasburg-based operation; the Human Resources Manager of the mine, Dr Ananias Radebe, said that the mine has deemed it commensurate to take full responsibility in ensuring that workers are developed to meet the current needs in the market.

“We suggested this idea and concept as a means of upgrading skills by first improving their scholastic achievements. A full matric certificate opens the door within and outside the mine opportunities. Use this opportunity to your best advantage. Our timely intervention is to let everyone be on par in terms of progression at the workplace.”

Mr Vivian Eksteen, the human resources development manager said that the mine has taken this programme as a launch pad in which workers have to be developed with a view to placing them in an enviable and compatible position in every sector of the economy. “This is a longer programme that aims at seeing our employees absorbable within our departments through education. The opportunity also widens their chances of personal development. As they attain better skills chances of them going to the higher ranks become more imminent and, an obvious dream for every worker.

The initial course takes them through a two-year programme with only two academic subjects preferred by the employee. The two subjects are done online courtesy of Media Works, which has been contracted by the mine to facilitate the programme. Upon successful completion of the two subjects the employee further takes another two subjects depending on how many subjects he/she is short of in order to make a full certificate.

Two subjects were deemed as manageable for a working individual. The new approach by the mine has received the thumbs-up from the employees and around sixty employees have already registered for the programme which starts soon. Words of encouragement came from various officials who attended the function saying that age was nothing but just a number.

Media Works representatives presented how their programme is going to unfold for the benefit of the employees. The branch manager of Media Works, Ms Marika Venter, commended the decision taken by the employees. “You are never too late to study. Having offered yourselves, we are the balancing equation to your success. Lead by example and the spin-offs are in abundance”.