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Wyzetalk set to bring together senior leaders in mining sector

Friday, 07 Aug 2015 - 9:22 am

Exchanging insights and experiences around an engaged workforce

An engaged workforce is the lifeblood of every organisation. As new research points directly to a link between the level of employee engagement and business profitability and financial performance –leaders are placing engagement strategies as a priority. Wyzetalk, with lead partners including Deloitte Digital, Invenfin and Teamship, have put together an event series to help organisations with mass employee basis navigate the new age of employee engagement. The launch event of the Workforce Insights Series promises to bring inspired thinking, supportive tools and shared experiences from leaders and companies succeeding in the mining and minerals sector in Africa.


Gys Kappers, CEO of Wyzetalk: “Leaders in companies and sectors responsible for employing large workforces, managing equally large and distributed networks and those that are geographically dispersed need a new approach, advanced tools and support as they look for new ways to connect and stay engaged with their people. Keeping top of mind alignment to the business purpose that will deliver results and return sustainability. We believe one of the best places to start is to bring back trust and open up the dialogue. Powerful shifts are occuring in workplace dynamics towards networks and a more inclusive style of working, creating a shared vision and better relationships based on transparency and improved productivity.”


Mining companies in particular are being called on for greater transparency and engagement with their vast network of stakeholders. A change that we expect when experienced, will achieve the operational and systemic stability required to bring about a turnaround in investment sentiment and herald the return of the sector’s leading contribution to the South African economy.


“Too often, relationships with stakeholders are adversarial instead of collaborative – leaving little room for engagement and collective efforts. Everyone working together towards a common purpose.” adds Kappers, “This is no easy task especially if we consider the complexities of managing such diversity.”


The Wyzetalk Workforce Insights Series – Mining and Minerals, taking place on Friday 14th August 2015, will unpack this challenge and look at how collaboration can be achieved in the complex mining labour environment that we have in South Africa. Key speakers will include:


·         Dr James Motlatsi, Shanduka Group

·         Mabo Phokanoka, AngloGold Ashanti

·         Professor Tom Ryan, UCT Graduate School of Business

·         Steve Carver and David Germond, Teamship


Kappers concludes: “Mining companies are innovating in their methods and machinery and now they need to start thinking innovatively about how they reach their multi-cultural workforce – which challenges the traditional status quo. I believe if Africa’s mining industry focuses on such strategies, the impact will be felt right where it counts, in healthy workforce relations and on the bottom line. This is exactly what this Workforce Insights Series aims to achieve.”


For more information on the event – please visit


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