KZN minerals major’s recipe for top employer success

04 December 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917334

Chemical & Allied Industries
Metals & Alloys
Mining & Quarrying
KZN minerals major’s recipe for top employer success
From left: Josephine Maniram, Specialist Graduate Talent Delivery EMEA at Rio Tinto Linda Sivalingum, Recruitment Partner at Rio Tinto Bridgette Ngobese, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Richards Bay Minerals Zama Luthuli, HR Advisor at Richards Bay Minerals

THE Netherlands-based Top Employers Institute recently certified Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) as a Top Employer in South Africa for 2019, the fourth consecutive year it has received the certification.

The annual review recognises organisations that successfully demonstrate an exceptional HR environment and employee offerings.

The heavy mineral sands extraction and refining firm outperformed the certified average Top Employers in the areas of Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, Performance Management, Leadership Development and Career & Succession Management.

Companies were assessed on their ability to attract, develop and nurture talent as well as continuously improve employment practices.

RBM Managing Director Werner Duvenhage said: “Human progress is at the core of RBM’s purpose, and attracting, developing and retaining the best people are crucial to our future success. We remain committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce throughout the organisation.”

He said partnerships impact every stage of the value chain and mining life cycle and is, therefore, critical to the organisation’s sustainability and continued operations.

“As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress. Our values influence how we work together, how we perform and how we stay safe. We care about each other, we achieve together, we listen, we do what is right and we set high standards.”

A quarterly people survey through which employees voice their needs and concerns is taken constructively to improve on organisational culture and practices.

Bridgette Ngobese, RBM Senior Human Resources Business Partner, said: “We strive towards a healthy organisational culture and good business practices which exemplify the highest levels of commitment to quality and service; and foster employee growth, health and safety, thus making organisational success inevitable.”

She said while 100% employee satisfaction is not always guaranteed given the varying views of work of millennials and baby boomers entering the business, it was incumbent of organisations to bridge the gap between different generations for organisational effectiveness and sustainability.

“Employees are our most important asset. Without them, RBM cannot exist and their contribution and well-being are critical for sustainability,” concluded Ngobese.

She said employee well-being extends beyond safety and that a healthy lifestyle through participation in sporting activities - athletics, soccer etc - is being encouraged through various programmes. Employee Assistance Programmes ensure that employees have access to help 24/7 when needed.

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