8500 employees from all operating units within the Moab Khotsong operations were invited to the event which meant more than 88% of the workforce received the safety and health message.
The event comprised of addresses by the Harmony Executives and key stakeholders (Department of Mineral and Resources, Organised Labour representatives in the region); an educational play which focused the key message with a bit of entertainment and health activities were part of the days’ programme of events.
The theme: “Improving Safe Declaration Risk Awareness” was well executed. The purpose of the risk indicator boards, most needed in the high-risk areas (such as underground, etc.) were explained to the employees by the Safety Executive and then given to the managers of every operational unit. An industrial theatre play embodied the key Safety Risk Assessment message, SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess and Manage). This message is further elaborated on the handouts which were issued to each employee upon entry into the venue. The programme director facilitated a competition with questions based on messages on the handouts, and this was to test whether the message was comprehended by the audience.
“When we eat healthy, exercise regularly and do regular health examinations, we increase our likelihood to live longer.” - Dr Tumi Legobye.
- Chief Executive Officer, Peter Steenkamp
- Chief Operating Officer SA Ops, Beyers Nel
- Safety Exec, Thomas van den Berg
- Health Exec, Dr. Tumi Legobye
- Regional General Manager for Moab Operations, Moses Motlhageng
- Moab Mine General Manager, Danny Davies
- Department of Mineral Resources, Principal Inspector of Mines, Peter Nthongoa
- Organised labour representatives
Harmony Gold Mining Company hosted safety days across all operations in October, spreading the Zero Harm mandate far and wide to all employees.
Each of the days were filled with entertainment performances such as dancers, and an industrial theatre shows highlighting the importance of safety. The performances and speeches were all done in line with the Minerals Council safety mandate. Employees were also encouraged to participate in certain health tests, to help prevent serious illnesses at a later stage in life, and were encouraged to test for the top 5 diseases that may affect them including prostate and cervical cancer. They were also reminded about the importance of working safely and managing their health so that they return home to their families and communities.
To incentivise safety, question and answer rounds were held and employees could win spot prizes such as LED TVs, microwave ovens and cellphones if they answered questions on safety correctly.
“Harmony’s approach to safety is in line with our number one value of safety. This is a moral imperative and we’re on an uncompromising goal to achieve Zero Harm. Our employees must go back to their families and communities unharmed on a daily basis.” said Peter Steenkamp, CEO of Harmony Gold.