Training to upskill women in mining

Zukiswa Mkhulisi was sent by Monitech for a five-day training course to Evansville, Indiana, US to mine safety technology experts, Matrix Design Group.

Zukiswa MkhulisiTechnician at Monitech

Zukiswa Mkhulisi, a technician at Monitech.
Image credit: Monitech


During the five-day training at Matrix, Mkhulisi was exposed to the finer details of the manufacturing processes, assembly, testing and fault-finding. The training focused on Matrix proximity detection systems and associated equipment. “The trip helped me gain greater insight into the processes, instrumentation and machine monitoring side of mining, a niche field in which I intend to specialise,” she says.

Mkhulisi is grateful for the opportunity reiterating that mentorship plays a crucial role in advancing women in this industry. She is of the view that hard work and knowledge are crucial pillars of success in the mining industry. “It’s about doing well and proving your worth. It’s not about being male or female; it’s about knowledge, skills and experience in your field,” she says.

As much as companies may be willing to invest in the advancement of young women in mining, Mkhulisi advises that it should also take a great deal of hard work and dedication on the part of the individual employee to make the most of these opportunities. She is an example of a hard-worker. Armed with a National Technical Certificate completed at the Ekurhuleni West College in 2016, the 24-year old workshop technician from Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, is not resting on her laurels. She is busy enhancing her technical aptitude and is currently studying for an Electrical Engineering degree – Process and Instrumentation – at the University of South Africa.  

Mkhulisi is positive that, through proper training, women in mining can help shape a better future for their successors as they group together to transform the industry, making it more receptive and inviting to people of all genders and backgrounds.