Embracing diverse viewpoints
Thandi is a metallurgist and her first role at RBM, in 2005, was as an assistant operator. She completed several leadership programmes and is currently doing a course with the Gordon Institute of Business Science through the Rio Tinto bursary scheme.
“Rio Tinto embraces and values diversity. As a woman in the mining industry it can be challenging but the company has ensured that woman are accepted and supported in the business. On my journey I have had good mentorship and coaching.”
Although there are many opportunities at Rio Tinto for career growth, Thandi says that it is also up to each person to make an effort and take initiatives.
“When it comes down to it, you need to make things happen. It’s about hard work, perseverance and determination.
“It’s also about the small things too, like speaking up at meetings when you have something to add.”
Thandi is passionate about mining operations and leadership. She says she enjoys being in a company where the views of employees are welcomed and people are encouraged to give input where something can be done better.
“I’m fortunate to have found a company that is a good fit with my skills and my values.”