Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine (DCM) heeded the call from the Minerals Council South Africa (formerly known as the Chamber of Mines) and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to host a dedicated annual Safety and Health Day.

DCM General Manager, Rian Burger emphasised workers’ right to with draw from unsafe working environments. By constantly reiterating the importance of safety, and also reinforcing workers’ rights to withdraw from unsafe work environments, DCM takes a pro-active approach to ensure the safety of all employees. This means employees are not only productive, but are able to return back home safely at the end of each day.

DCM hosted dedicated safety days as well as an Employee Wellness programme on a weekly basis starting on 24 October through to 7 November. The wellness programme allowed employees to get free testing for blood pressure, blood glucose levels, body mass index (BMI), HIV and TB. The day’s schedule also included messages from SHE representatives, trade unions, HODs and women in mining.

Discussions on the day were centered on safety initiatives taken by the mine, year-to-date incidents at the mine and fall-of-ground incidents. Employees engaged meaningfully and safety issues and reinforced their commitment to themselves and each other on safety. They also took time to remember employees who lost their lives in the mine.

The collaborative efforts among employees, management and stakeholders meant the safety day was a landmark success for DCM. The day was filled with positivity and dancing, singing and meaningful discussion about safety and wellness. The safety day is set to become an annual event where employees are able to engage and reinforce their commitment to safety.