The organisation’s human resource (HR) strategy follows our business strategy with key focus on performance and efficiencies. Our employment policies, procedures and practices take into account and comply with the relevant labour legislation of South Africa. Our recruitment initiatives focus on local communities in areas surrounding our operations.
At the end of FY2019, the company employee complement totalled 480. Wherever possible, employees and contractors are sourced from the local communities within the various operations. In all areas in which we operate, a representative workforce is a moral and legislative imperative for the organisation. Sylvania actively supports the Employment Equity Act, and has established structures in place to ensure all barriers to achieving diversity are identified and actions are in place to combat these.
The Company furthermore has negotiated Recognition Agreements with Organised Labour, which regulate the industrial relationship, and include consultation and negotiation. No strikes nor lockouts occurred over the financial year. We endeavour to maintain peace and stability in our workforce at all times.
The Company implements a number of key programmes to build capacity and enhance skills development with a particular focus on youth. All training and development programmes are aligned with the Company’s strategic and operational goals. These include skills development, learnerships, internships, and supervisory and leadership development.
A number of training and development initiatives have been introduced to our staff. All the training programmes are credit-bearing and accredited by the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). As an organisation, we are committed to the development of our staff and local communities. The organisation has an active Skills Development and Employment Equity Forum. The forum meets on a regular basis to address any skills and equity matters or any improvements that may be required.
A total of 201 employees attended training over the financial year. A large portion of the training includes statutory health and safety development programmes.
Sylvania has introduced a formal learnership programme that is specifically aimed at community members from the local areas in which the Company operates. The current programmes focus on enhancing skills in various fields, namely electrical and fitting. The programmes will run over a 12-month period. The first candidates began courses in May 2019.
In support of our social drive among local communities, we introduced opportunities for internships and workplace experience. The internships will run over a 12-month period. The first candidates began the programme in May 2019.
Ongoing engagement with local communities is necessary to understand, manage and respond to community concerns and expectations. As a Company, we regularly support various local development projects approved by our host mine. During the last financial year, Sylvania was involved in a number of community development programmes, including:
The Company is assisting Itireleng Community Home-Based Care with a monthly feeding scheme