Africa: “A Mega mine that punches way above its weight” these were the words of Ms Mpumi Zikalala, CEO of Khumba Iron Ore, during a visit to the Mine operations at Sishen Mine, undertaken by the Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, together with the MEC for Education, Mr Zolile Monakali and the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Abraham Vosloo joined by the Mayor of the Gamagara Municipality Mr Edwin Hantise and the Executive Mayor Ms Queen Mogatle.
The visit was aimed at strengthening relations between the Provincial Government and Khumba Iron Ore in areas of interest to both the Government and Khumba Iron Ore. These include, amongst others, skills development for young people and the Kathu Industrial Park.
Khumba Iron Ore is a supplier of high-quality iron ore, the company’s Sishen Mine employs 11 thousand employees, and about 78% of the workforce is from the Northern Cape.
In his input, Premier Dr Zamani Saul highlighted the importance of the mine improving the socio-economic profile of our communities and the importance of partnerships to create jobs for the people of the Northern Cape.
The delegation also visited some of Khumba Iron Ore projects, one of which was the technical training centre, SIVOS, where they produce artisans in the following trades, diesel, millwright, electrical as well as auto electrical trades, amongst others.
The biggest challenge we are faced with in the Province is the mismatch between jobs available and skills required, this is what the SIVOS technical training centre is addressing, and this serves as an opportunity for possible partnerships between the centre and the Northern Cape construction company.
The Northern Cape Provincial Government remains committed to building partnerships with social partners to better the lives of the people of the Northern Cape.