Glencore Ferroalloys and the DMRE struggle GBV

On 26 November 2021, Glencore Ferroalloys in partnership with the Division of Mineral Assets and Vitality (DMRE), Girls in Mining Advisory Committee (WIMAC) and Mine Well being and Security Council (MHSC) formally launched their 16 Days of Activism Towards Gender Based mostly Violence and Femicide (GBVF) consciousness marketing campaign.

Based on the World Well being Organisation (WHO), South Africa has one of many highest charges of violence inflicted on girls and women on the earth.

In one among his newsletters, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote that Gender Based mostly Violence has change into a second pandemic in South Africa and expressed that it is just once we work collectively to confront this scourge that we will overcome it.

The marketing campaign which requires zero tolerance towards the abuse of girls and youngsters throughout the South African Mining Business, is a collective effort from Glencore Ferroalloys and different mining homes within the Rustenburg space to play their half in creating consciousness in addition to supporting victims of GBVF close to their operations.

The launch of the 16 Days of Activism Towards Gender Based mostly Violence and Femicide marketing campaign was held on the Hedgehog’s Nest in Rustenburg and was attended by 300 men and women in mining from communities and mining homes within the Rustenburg space. Glencore executives, the DMRE’s Deputy Director Normal (DDG) for Mineral Regulation, Advocate Susan Malebe, Government Mayor for the Rustenburg Native Municipality, Councillor Shiela Mabale – Huma in addition to representatives from the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority, SAPS, Division of Social Improvement and MHSC CEO Dumisani Dlamini have been additionally in attendance.

Transferring from Consciousness to Accountability

Authorities has introduced this 12 months’s theme as ‘Transferring from Consciousness to Accountability’ urging civil society and the personal sector to play their half and change into activists towards GBVF of their properties, communities and workplaces.

CEO of Glencore Ferroalloys, Japie Fullard stated that the 16 Days of Activism Towards Gender Based mostly Violence and Femicide is without doubt one of the most vital initiatives within the nation, stating that the marketing campaign ought to actually run for 12 months yearly due to the grave significance of girls and youngsters in society.  “As said by our president, violence towards girls and youngsters has change into greater than a nationwide disaster and it’s much more heart-breaking to know that from July to September this 12 months, there have been near 10 000 rape circumstances reported. That may be a 7.1 % improve from the earlier 12 months. That is tragic and unacceptable.”

Glencore Ferroalloys and the DMRE fight GBV
Glencore Ferroalloys CEO Japie Fullard

He added that Glencore is dedicated to preventing this scourge by initiatives corresponding to this marketing campaign. “We just lately dedicated R4 million in direction of the development of a brand new Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) on the Dilokong Hospital in Limpopo Province. Now we have additionally undertaken to improve different TCC centres within the North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces to make sure that they’re higher outfitted to assist victims. We’re dedicated to proceed to lift consciousness of this hyperendemic and we do that as a result of we acknowledge that victory will probably be achieved primarily by the efforts throughout the communities round us, the forming of strategic partnerships between authorities and the personal sector, and most significantly, the efforts made inside our workplaces as effectively” stated Fullard.

Glencore Ferroalloys additionally introduced assist for start-ups based by girls, which we will probably be mentored at their Enterprise and Provider Improvement (ESD) hub which was launched in 2020 to assist native companies round Glencore’s operations.

Enterprise and Provider Improvement Superintendent of Glencore Ferroalloys, Charlin Ntuli stated that the ladies who personal the start-up companies signify resilience and dedication as a result of they’ve by no means given up.

“Our goal from the ESD hub is to assist recipients and uplift communities. We goal to supply them with the instruments they should equip themselves to allow them to equip others. Our first step is to work along with the recipients to create a improvement plan after investigating the wants and shortages inside their companies. We then put them by a programme with an professional in a specific area to mentor them as they develop their expertise. We’re proud to stroll this journey with these girls whom we’ve got seen develop from energy to energy and we are going to proceed to carry palms with them to make sure that they attain their full potential.” she added.

On the day, Advocate Malebe urged all mining homes to accentuate impactful interventions/programmes that can overcome GBVF in South Africa and applauded Glencore for taking part in their half.

“We as authorities have developed a Nationwide Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBVF so as to present a multisectoral, coherent strategic coverage and programming framework in response to the disaster of GBVF with pillars and initiatives. Along with implementing polices, we’re additionally in communication with conventional leaders and church leaders in communities so we will have efficient workshops on GBV within the communities. Lastly, we applaud Glencore that has been proactive and has not waited for presidency to launch initiatives that assist the activism towards GBV.” she stated.

Glencore Ferroalloys additionally introduced the roll out of a number of web site campaigns which began on the 25th of November and can run till the tenth of December to make sure most consciousness and foster a collaborative effort in coping with GBVF throughout all their operations.

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