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Life at Partners in Performance is fast-paced, challenging and supportive. But don’t just take our word for it – hear what life is like, directly from our team.

“We are changing things, one woman at a time” – Ziningi’s story

At Partners in Performance, we pride ourselves on attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent around the world. With that, we recognise the importance of building a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. We’re focused on four key areas to help our people unleash their potential, both in and out of work:

  • Unleashing flexibility

    Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to balancing work and personal life. Our goal is to ensure each person is given the resources and flexibility to make that balancing act work for them. In some regions this means offering additional short-term unpaid leave, allowing a total of six or eight weeks of annual leave. Whether it’s taking a ‘career break’ to fulfill personal goals such as travelling the world or having the ability to work from home to spend more time with family, we work with each person to put in place the best solution for their lifestyle.

  • Unleashing family

    If expecting a new family member or serving as a primary caregiver, we want to make life as easy as possible. We do this through paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks for Primary Caregiver and 3 weeks for Secondary Caregiver) and offering ways to balance work and family commitments. In some situations, where partners and family members need to be together and there is a requirement to travel on engagement, we work with them on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that works.

  • Unleashing diversity

    Diversity isn’t just a buzzword - it’s vital to our culture, policies and systems. We recognise that diversity is imperative to a great work environment, and it’s part of what makes our people so interesting to work with. Our ethnic, gender, religious, political or sexual orientations may be different, but it’s these differences that allow us to bring new and unique ideas to the table. Whether it’s working with our senior women to support women in the workplace, or reviewing our hiring practices, we are continuously striving to improve our initiatives in this area.

  • Unleashing inclusiveness

    As part of our extensive internal training, we strive to ensure every person is aware of what it means to be inclusive and how unconscious bias can affect those around them. We actively coach our team so they understand the importance of their words and actions being fair and fact-based.

 

Now hear from our team

Ziningi Madonsela - teal circle

 

Meet Ziningi Khorombi, a Senior Associate from our Africa office. Ziningi joined us in 2014 and has worked with a diverse range of mining clients across Africa. She shares some of her career learnings with us and her advice for other women in the industry.

 


 

What type of work do you do for the mining sector?

I work with mining clients from all across Africa to help them improve their operational readiness, safety strategies and overall business performance. I’ve been a consultant at Partners in Performance for over five years and I really enjoy the variety of engagements we get to work on, and the impact we are able to achieve for our clients.

For me, the work we do here is second to none. I love being able to work hand-in-hand with the client towards a common goal and solving interesting problems in a range of environments. Being part of the journey and seeing how even the smallest positive change can have a lasting impact on individuals is the best part.  

ziningi 3 20170501 (1)-1A photo taken from one of the many engagements Ziningi was in

 

What can companies do to better support women in mining?

The first step is understanding the challenges that women in the industry face as they go through different life stages. Our leadership team at Partners in Performance have put in great efforts to understand these challenges and to create an inclusive environment that is still able to foster our professional growth, regardless of our individual circumstances.

We have been given a platform to engage with other women in business to learn from their experiences and obtain advice on how they have balanced family life and their careers. We have attended women-centric training workshops that are focused on teaching us skills that will enable for us to speak up confidently.

Companies also need to provide more flexibility so that women can better balance work with other priorities. As a new mother, our staffing team has been amazing in ensuring that I am staffed on local engagements that are close to home and family, so that I can effectively balance my work with my family.

Our female consultants and global services members from the Africa office

 

What is your advice for the next generation of women considering a career in mining?

Mining is still a male-dominated industry, but we are slowly changing this, one woman at a time. It is a challenging environment but tonnes of fun!

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