What the mine says
Anglo American Platinum spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says the company has 3 081 women working underground, and the company has a sexual harassment policy and a hotline to protect female employees.
“We are aware of our responsibility to our female employees, their welfare and right to freedom from any form of harassment. As part of our overall initiatives, we provide education and training on gender and sexual harassment issues,” Sithole says.
“We are continually improving our safety and protective measures, and have installed surveillance cameras throughout our operations and at entrances to women’s change houses. We have also installed a biometric system at turnstiles, which only gives women access to the change houses.”
Sithole says a new system was introduced to ensure that “no woman has to proceed underground alone without a trusted employee, and adequate lighting has been installed in areas where women work, as an additional level of security”.