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Our people

Sibanye-Stillwater’s employees play an integral part in successfully delivering on the operating model and strategy. Our total workforce as at 31 December 2016 was 74,351 (including contractors) – 28,404 were employed in the Platinum Division.

  • Commitment
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Enabling
  • Safety

Our approach

Our ‘People at Sibanye-Stillwater’ strategy aims to develop a transformed, productive, skilled and engaged workforce.

Underpinned by our CARES (commitment, accountability, respect, enabling and safety) values, our People at Sibanye-Stillwater strategy has as its main elements:

  • personal wellbeing encompassing employee safety, health, nutrition, housing and accommodation as well as financial wellness
  • career development including training and skills development
  • remuneration that is equitable and fair
  • community development

For more information on employee housing, see Fact sheet: Housing and accommodation

Employment practices

New employees are increasingly drawn from local communities and we strive to maintain our support of labour-sending areas where mine remittances are often the sole source of income for impoverished communities.

We also aim to fill 30% of all vacant positions at our operations and in management with women.

Currently around 92% of our total permanent workforce are represented by recognised unions: AMCU, NUM, Solidarity and UASA.

Addressing indebtedness

To address high levels of indebtedness, we launched a financial education programme in 2014 – this includes insight into home ownership.

More than 22,000 people (including employees and community members) participated in this programme in 2016.

For more information, see Fact sheet: Care for Imali

Training and development

The Sibanye Academy in Westonaria, Gauteng, and satellite campuses at our operations support our employees and the broader community with skills development. Adult education and training is provided to improve literacy and numeracy.

Our learnership programmes, which combine on-the-job training with study, help to improve prospects for our employees and members of our host communities.

We also offer bursaries to dependants and children of employees for study towards critical core mining qualifications.

Looking towards the future, Sibanye-Stillwater has begun implementing a new learner official programme aimed at attracting top school leavers interested in pursuing careers in mining. Successful candidates will be paid a salary while receiving on-mine work integrated learning and occupational development together as well as tertiary education.

Additional employee benefits

Our Matshidiso Programme, introduced in 2016, assists dependants and families of employees who have died or become permanently disabled due to mine accidents.

In addition to the standard death in-service benefits paid to families of employees, Sibanye-Stillwater, assisted by TEBA, delivers food hampers and grocery vouchers to nominated beneficiaries.