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

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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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