The mining value chain represents a transformative journey from resource extraction to sustainable practices. These stages collectively form the mining value chain, encompassing the entire lifecycle of mining operations, from extraction to market delivery. Effective management and optimization of each stage are crucial for ensuring the smooth flow of materials, maximizing resource utilization, and meeting market demand efficiently.
Within these value chains, mining companies are embracing technological advancements, adopting circular economy principles, and engaging stakeholders to minimize environmental impact and enhance social outcomes. By prioritizing sustainability throughout each stage of the value chain, the mining industry can contribute to a more responsible and resilient future, where economic prosperity goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship and social well-being.
Together with Sasol ESD, WomHub has recently launched the new Women in Mining Incubator that focuses on supporting women-owned mining businesses along the mining value chain. The programme aims to accelerate growth through leadership development and intensive entrepreneurial support, it is a year-long leadership and business development opportunity for South African women entrepreneurs with an early-stage mining business or start up looking to grow, scale and prepare to be investor ready.
The Women in Mining cohort are placed along various aspects of the value chain offering a variety of activities and services that tackle the barriers of gender in the mining sector and add value through driving sustainability, cutting edge-technologies and revolutionizing the industry at large.
Join us in celebrating their achievements along the chain and see where they add enormous value to the Mining Sector.
The process of extracting minerals from the earth's crust through various methods, such as open-pit mining or underground mining.
The company offers a wide range of drilling services to the private and public sector. The company also supplies mining drilling accessories and attachments to mines. The products and services include but are not limited to reverse circulation drilling, drilling and blast operations. They supply stock or made to order drill rods, inner tubes, adaptors, stabilizers, subs, and other drilling consumables. And through their manufacturing partners in Gauteng, they also supply flanges, threaded shafts, pins, bushes, pistons, glands and general turning requirements.
Products that they offer are as below:
• Roadway construction and maintenance
• Secondary support
• Sweeping and vamping
• Railway installation and reclamation
• Haulage rehabilitation and opening up
• Construction of underground structures such as refuge bays, bund wall, explosives bay, workshops
The stage where the raw materials extracted from the mining operation are treated and transformed into refined products through various mechanical, chemical, or metallurgical processes.
The management of stockpiles and storage facilities where the processed materials are stored before being transported or sold. This includes monitoring inventory levels, ensuring quality control, and optimizing supply chain logistics.
Rail and Road
The transportation of materials from mining sites or storage facilities to ports or shipping sites using railway and road networks. This stage involves coordinating logistics, ensuring efficient and safe transportation, and managing the movement of bulk materials.
The facility where materials are received, stockpiled, and prepared for shipping. Ports play a crucial role in managing the loading and unloading of vessels, ensuring proper storage, and handling customs and regulatory requirements.
The transportation of materials via sea routes to their destination markets or processing facilities. This stage involves coordinating shipping logistics, ensuring compliance with international shipping regulations, and managing the movement of bulk commodities across global trade routes.
The final stage of the mining value chain, where the materials are sold and delivered to customers. This involves marketing, sales, and distribution activities, ensuring timely delivery and meeting customer requirements.
Contributing to the circular economy value chain means actively participating in a system that aims to minimize resource consumption, waste generation, and environmental impact while maximizing the efficient use and reuse of materials throughout their lifecycle.
In a linear economy, products are made, used, and then disposed of as waste. In contrast, the circular economy promotes a more sustainable approach by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible through various strategies, such as recycling, repair, remanufacturing, and sharing.
When you contribute to the circular economy value chain, you engage in activities that help close the loop and reduce the linear flow of resources. Here are a few examples of how you can contribute:
By actively participating in these and other related activities, you help create a more sustainable and resource-efficient economy that minimizes waste, reduces environmental impact, and promotes long-term prosperity.
Apply now to our WomHub Circular Economy Incubator and Accelerator!
If you are thinking about how to incorporate more circular systems and improve the impact of your product, then the Incubator is the right space for you. Even if you are currently at market but wish to incorporate a more circular lens or are thinking about your early stage innovation and are about to launch, then apply for the Incubator programme where we can support you ideating through your circular product to prepare for market.
If you are already part of the circular economy, our Circular Economy Accelerator is the right fit for you in order to refine, scale and grow your current business at market. Acceleration focuses on supporting already existing startups and businesses refine products and processes in order to reach their full potential.
WomHub recognizes the importance that creating awareness and unlocking possibilities for girls at a young age plays in their decision making for future careers and journeys. Apart from understanding the range of STEM skills critical for the future world of work, introducing role models and mentors to girls and allowing them to explore their personal potential, are all key factors in building their passion, interest and curiosity.
With this in mind, WomEng, in partnership with Motorola Solutions Foundation, recently hosted the impactful GirlEng Technovation Camp. We welcomed 100 high school girls from disadvantaged backgrounds into our Hub for a 4 day programme to explore STEM, learn new skills and engage with experienced STEM professionals - opening doors to a future of endless possibilities.
The GirlEng Technovation Camp Experience
The GirlEng Technovation Camp is a life-changing experience for the participating high school girls. Over the course of the program, they engage in hands-on workshops, mentorship sessions, and team projects. Through interactive activities, the girls develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills. They are exposed to various STEM disciplines, including robotics, coding, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and more. The camp fosters an environment of collaboration, encouraging girls to support and learn from one another. The invaluable mentorship provided by industry professionals and role models helps to broaden the girls' horizons and instills confidence in their abilities.
Impact beyond the TechCamp
The impact of the GirlEng Technovation Camp extends far beyond its duration. By introducing high school girls to STEM in an engaging and supportive setting, WomEng is empowering these young women to envision themselves as future leaders in the field. The camp ignites their passion for STEM and provides them with the necessary tools and resources to pursue their aspirations. As these girls grow and enter higher education and the workforce, they bring diverse perspectives and innovative ideas, making a lasting impact on their communities and the world.
Building sustainable outcomes
One of the remarkable aspects of the GirlEng Technovation Camp is the creation of a strong support network. Participants build connections with like-minded peers, mentors, and professionals who share their passion for STEM. These connections extend beyond the camp, offering ongoing mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to resources. By fostering this network and harnessing the palpable energy and passion in the workshop, we ensure that the impact of the camp continues to resonate long after it is run. Young women in our community who have attended similar programmes previously and gone onto to be industry professionals often recognize and feedback the profound role that the GirlEng programme had on their confidence and decisions made for their future.
What is Circular Economy
The circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and maximizing the use of resources. It is a departure from the traditional linear economy, which follows a "take-make-dispose" model. In contrast, the circular economy aims to create a closed-loop system where materials and products are reused, repaired, and recycled to maintain their value and reduce the need for extracting new resources.
The concept of a circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible, and regenerating natural systems. It promotes a shift from the traditional linear approach to one that is restorative and regenerative by nature.
The circular economy encompasses various strategies and practices. These include:
The benefits of a circular economy include reduced waste generation, decreased resource consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, job creation, and increased resilience to resource scarcity. It aligns with the broader goals of sustainability and can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly economy.
Implementing a circular economy requires collaboration amongst businesses, governments, and individuals. For your business in particular, it involves rethinking product design, improving recycling infrastructure, promoting sustainable consumption patterns, and fostering innovation in materials and processes.
Apply now to our WomHub Circular Economy Incubator and Accelerator!
If you are thinking about how to incorporate more circular systems and improve the impact of your product, then the Incubator is the right space for you. Even if you are currently at market but wish to incorporate a more circular lens or are thinking about your early stage innovation and are about to launch, then apply to Incubator where we can support you ideating through your circular product to prepare for market.
If you are already part of the circular economy, our Circular Economy Accelerator is the right fit for you in order to refine, scale and grow your current business at market. Acceleration focuses on supporting already existing startups and business refine products and processes in order to reach their full potential.
Throughout history, women have sought and created spaces within their communities to support one another, share knowledge, and advocate for their rights. These spaces emerged as a response to the exclusion and marginalization women experienced in male-dominated spheres, and for women to come together when faced with changing engendered roles. Women’s societies, clubs, and organizations emerged, providing physical spaces where women could network, acquire new skills, and collectively work towards their goals. These spaces were often catalysts for social change, empowering women to challenge societal norms and assert their presence in fields traditionally dominated by men.
In my own life, the physical spaces which have fostered my growth are those that provide safety, allowed me to have a voice and provided opportunities for connection and access. As we, at WomHub, have walked the journey with female entrepreneurs, we have found that these spaces provide platforms for empowerment, collaboration, and innovation.
Spaces provide a supportive environment that encourage women to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations. They offer resources such as training programmes, workshops, and access to mentors. More so, physical spaces create opportunities for face-to-face interactions, allowing women to build relationships, exchange ideas, and form a sense of community, ensuring that women have dedicated environments where they can thrive.
In a hybrid world, we can now call “business as usual” virtual spaces have become instrumental in breaking down geographical barriers and fostering global connections among women entrepreneurs. Online communities, social media platforms, and virtual programmes have transformed the way women entrepreneurs connect, collaborate, and support each other. Virtual spaces provide accessibility, flexibility, and convenience, allowing women to participate in entrepreneurial activities regardless of their physical location. By leveraging virtual spaces, women entrepreneurs can access diverse networks,
and opportunities that transcend traditional boundaries. Whether it be physical or virtual, or even both, spaces create communities - ensuring that the voices, contributions and progress of female entrepreneurs are recognized and amplified in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
At WomHub, we’ve invested in providing spaces to build communities. Communities of entrepreneurs, mentors and innovators who are changemakers and role players in driving our economic growth. Female entrepreneurs like,
Tsholofelo Moagi, founder of Sip-Sum Afrika, Ndilisa Didiza, founder of Kgothatso Innovations and Yolanda Mbanguzi, founder of Zoe Consulting, have made our hubs a home. Their experiences describe our hubs as providing:
Our hubs, are unique and based on WomHub’s experience and understanding of the important role spaces play for women, providing flexibility and consistency that women need to support their business growth. Beyond using the space, we love to create an internal economy of suppliers from our accelerator programmes that provide products and services to ourselves and our partners.
We follow a membership model that:
We are currently open for business in Cape Town and in Johannesburg with plans in place to expand further soon. Watch this space!
It’s not just about building co-working spaces but building community. Find your space in ours – become a member today!
As the world celebrates International Women in Engineering Day, this year's theme, "Make Safety Seen," WomHub takes on a broader dimension, emphasizing the importance of ensuring safety not only at engineering sites but also in the digital realm. Women continue to be underrepresented in engineering and cybersecurity fields, but organizations like WomHub and our foundation WomEng are taking bold steps to address this disparity and support the growth of women engineers in the digital age.
In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, where virtual interactions are increasingly prevalent, it is crucial to make safety a priority not only in physical spaces but also in the digital domain. WomHub recognizes this urgency and has been at the forefront of empowering women engineers to thrive in a digital-enabled future.
WomEng (Women in Engineering), WomHub’s foundation, is a global non-profit organization dedicated to promoting gender equality in engineering and technology, focuses on creating opportunities and providing resources for women to excel in their chosen fields. Our work extends beyond traditional engineering sites, highlighting the significance of cybersecurity and virtual safety in the modern world.
To encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering, WomHub offers a wide range of initiatives. One of their flagship programmes is the WomEng Fellowship, which provides employability, entrepreneurship and cybersecurity opportunities to aspiring women engineers. The fellowship connects participants with industry leaders, enabling them to gain valuable insights, build networks, and access potential employment opportunities.
Recognizing the need to foster inclusivity in the cybersecurity sector, WomHub has also launched the Future Skills Initiative. This programme aims to equip women with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand AI and cybersecurity, an area that has historically been dominated by men. Through workshops, training sessions, and mentorship programmes, WomHub is empowering women to break barriers and contribute to the critical field of engineering safe societies, both physically and virtually.
Additionally, WomHub actively collaborates with leading engineering and technology companies to create a more inclusive environment for women. By partnering with industry giants, the organization seeks to eliminate biases and foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. These collaborations not only provide women engineers with valuable opportunities but also challenge societal norms and inspire change within the industry.
In a digital-enabled future, where technological advancements are re-shaping industries, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. WomHub recognizes this and acknowledges that women should play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of our virtual spaces. By championing the cause of women in engineering and cybersecurity, WomHub is not only breaking barriers but also making safety more visible in the digital realm.
On this International Women in Engineering Day, let us celebrate the remarkable work of organizations like WomHub and their tireless efforts to empower women engineers. By addressing the gender gap in these fields, fostering inclusivity, and promoting digital safety, WomHub is driving positive change and shaping a future where women engineers can thrive and make significant contributions to society. As we look ahead, it is imperative that we continue to support initiatives like WomHub and our foundation WomEng and collectively work towards creating a more equitable and secure digital world—a world where women engineers are not just seen, but also heard and valued for their expertise and talents.
Mining is one of the oldest professions in the world and still one of the most important ones to support a global insatiable appetite for everything from luxury goods to smart phones and basics like electricity. Increasingly, women have been playing a pivotal role in the sector, but it has been long and slow. On this International Women in Mining Day, however, we proudly recognize the tremendous efforts of WomEng and WomHub in collaboration with our incredible partners in advancing gender diversity and inclusion within the mining sector. Our work has been transformative, understanding the crucial role the sector plays in our continent’s economic development and reimagining what mines of the future will look like. We take stock of the following strides within the mining sector:
Commitment to Empower 10,000 Women and Girls: WomEng and WomHub have embarked on an inspiring journey to support 10,000 women and girls through our partnership with De Beers Group under the Building Forever Initiative. This commitment demonstrates our dedication to creating pathways for women to thrive in the mining sector. By providing mentorship, educational programmes, and leadership opportunities, we’re equipping women with the skills and support needed to succeed. What is incredible about the partnership is the holistic approach to building the entire ecosystem to support women and girls in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Canada, and the UK. The programmes target the entire gamut of women and girls from high school technovation camps to the university fellowship and TVET programmes, to upskilling the sector on cybersecurity skills, that is just on developing talent in the sector. In a world increasingly reliant on technology and sustainability, WomEng and WomHub are leading the charge by supporting women entrepreneurs through the Trailblazer Women in Tech and Sustainability Incubator. This ground-breaking initiative provides a nurturing environment for women to develop innovative green tech solutions for the mining industry. By offering mentorship, resources, and networking opportunities, WomEng and WomHub are empowering women to drive positive change in the sector.
Talent Development in Diamond Processing with HB Innovation Labs: Recognizing the untapped potential of women in diamond processing, WomHub has partnered with HB to develop and run the HB Innovation Labs to cultivate talent and bridge the gender gap but also support young people in Botswana. Through this collaboration, we developed gender skew programmes that are empowering young women and men to excel in this field. By offering specialized training, mentorship, and access to cutting-edge technology, we are paving the way for more young people to become leaders in diamond processing.
Sasol Women in Mining Incubator: To address the unique challenges faced by women in the mining industry, WomHub has collaborated with Sasol to establish the Women in Mining Incubator. This programme fosters a supportive ecosystem for women in mining, providing mentorship, business development support, and access to crucial networks and resources. By empowering women to overcome barriers and unlock their full potential, this incubator plays a pivotal role in advancing gender equality within the mining sector.
Having women actively participate in the mining industry is not just a matter of equity, but a strategic imperative. The contributions of women in mining yield multifaceted benefits. On International Women in Mining Day, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in mining and the transformative work undertaken by WomEng and WomHub and our partners. Through their commitment to empowering women and girls, fostering talent development, and supporting women entrepreneurs, we are redefining what it means to create impact in this sector, and we are excited to see the ripple effects of our impact. To find out more about our programmes, check out www.womhub.com for details or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Women entrepreneurs face unique challenges when it comes to accessing opportunities and resources in traditionally male-dominated industries such as engineering and mining. This is why partnerships like the one between WomHub and Sasol are so important in supporting female entrepreneurs in these fields.
WomHub aims to empower and support women in business through business development, technical development, financial coaching and providing access to market opportunities, capital and our innovation hubs. We holistically support not just the business but the founder as well. This is why we are excited to continue our partnership with Sasol to support more female founders and have them access supply chain opportunities by getting them business ready.
The continued partnership between WomHub and Sasol is crucial because it helps to address the significant gender gap that exists in engineering and mining. Despite the fact that women make up nearly half of the global workforce, they remain significantly underrepresented in these industries. According to a 2020 report by the World Economic Forum, only 20% of the engineering workforce is female, while just 7% of the mining industry is made up of women. The stats are even worse when we look at women ownership in these sectors. By supporting female entrepreneurs in engineering and mining, WomHub and Sasol are helping to address this imbalance and promote greater gender equality in these industries.
The benefits of supporting female entrepreneurs in these fields go beyond just addressing gender inequality. Research has shown that companies with more gender diversity tend to perform better financially and are more innovative. This is because diverse teams bring a wider range of perspectives and ideas, which can help companies to identify new opportunities and solve problems more effectively. In addition to these benefits, supporting female entrepreneurs in engineering and mining can also have a positive impact on the wider community. Women entrepreneurs are often more likely to reinvest their profits back into their communities, helping to create jobs and promote economic growth.
Overall, the continued partnership between WomHub and Sasol to support female entrepreneurs in the engineering and mining industry is a positive step towards greater gender equality and economic growth. By providing training, mentorship, networking opportunities, access to capital, access to spaces and supply chains to women entrepreneurs, this program is helping to break down barriers and create new opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated industries. Applications are open for the first iteration of the Sasol Women in Mining Incubator, powered by WomHub, apply now using the link below and take advantage of this incredible opportunity for #WomenInMining.
Applications Close: 16 April 2023.
WomHub and the Royal Academy of Engineering announce the continuation of the Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF).
WomHub and the Royal Academy of Engineering have announced the continuation of the Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF), the only accelerator to focus on developing women founders of STEM (science, technology, engineering and manufacturing) businesses across Africa. The programme was designed by WomHub to support women entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and to create a pipeline for applications to the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, launched by the academy in 2014 and which aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and engineering entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa,
AIF 2022 will commence in November and focuses on accelerating business growth through intensive entrepreneurial support, idea and business incubation, leadership development and networking. Currently in its 4th cycle, AIF has had more than 100 women completing the programme since its inception in 2019.
A number of these founders have featured as finalists in the annual Africa Prize, including Charlette N’Guessan, the first woman to win the Africa Prize for developing a digital verification system that uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition to verify the identities of Africans remotely and in real time.
The Academy and WomHub share a commitment to driving the development of women entrepreneurs in Africa, contributing tangibly to social and economic growth, helping to create jobs and building a sustainable society and inclusive economy that works for everyone. Additionally, WomHub is proud to include its capital partner Five35 Ventures, one of the leading seed-stage gender-lens investors across the continent, as part of the AIF partnership.
“It has been incredible to realise the opportunity to build and support female founders in STEM businesses across Africa. This is how we move the needle forward,” explains Naadiya Moosajee, co-founder at WomHub. “In light of the setbacks of Covid-19 to development and job creation, we are making big bets that female founders can and will get us back on track to support our continental growth and aspirations and to see a partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering grow from strength to strength.”
”The African Innovation Fellowship has successfully supported many entrepreneurs that have created incredible engineering solutions that positively impact their local communities. We’re delighted to continue this partnership with WomHub to provide a unique incubation programme for pioneering women across Africa,” as explained by Alice Radley, Programme Manager for the Africa Prize at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
To learn more about the programmes powered by WomHub and its partners, visit www.womhub.com, and contact the team if you’re inspired to participate in supporting economic growth and prosperity by investing in women entrepreneurs with STEM businesses across Africa and around the world.
About the Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering is a charity that harnesses the power of engineering to build a sustainable society for all and an inclusive economy that works for everyone. In collaboration with their fellows and partners, they are growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, influencing policy and engaging the public. Together, they are working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age.
To find out more, go to www.raeng.org.uk
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to developing African innovators, and assisting them to maximise their impact. It awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to address local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.
To learn more about the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, please visit africaprize.raeng.org.uk or contact email@example.com.
WomHub is a boutique Pan-African ecosystem builder with a focus on the entire women in STEM value chain from attraction to ownership. In unlocking the potential across the STEM value chain, they have created verticals to support women by focussing on unblocking bottlenecks. Their strategy is to ensure a comprehensive, holistic approach and create systemic change. WomHub is the only ecosystem builder in the world providing end to end support that focuses on:
To find out more, go to www.womhub.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Triple F is just a term with no meaning except when you are referring to something more powerful like “Funding FemaFounders”! We also believe that when you fund a woman, you find a village.
This was the topic on our most recent livestream with powerhouse guests Hema Vallabh, WomHub Co-Founder and Founding Partner at Five35 Ventures and Maya Burney, Founding partner at WomVest and Associate partner at Caleo Capital.
Statistics show that 49 billion dollars was invested into African businesses in 2019 but less than 1% of that went to female founders. Crazy! Hema and Maya explore ways to solve for this. Maya Burney, shares that as she started out in the male dominated field of finance, she realized very early on that men although amazing, were the most common demographic in the investment space and end up investing in people that look and sound like them, and she felt that she had a role to play in doing something to change that.
Recap the fireside style chat below to gain more insight on the importance and value of funding female founders:
Maya was challenged to not only engage women as receivers of capital, but to encourage and include them in becoming allocators of capital too. Hema shares her sentiments and call to action to provide a platform for funding of female entrepreneurs in STEM. Through WomHub, she has seen great female owned businesses doing incredible things, but not having access to enough capital. Five35 Ventures is a venture capital fund which invests in seed and series A female focused, tech-enabled startups. Maya and Hema agree that female founders need more conscious thought and support in the type of capital they require and speak more in the conversation about “alternative investment” options that are now becoming available to entrepreneurs. Womvest as a network of investors & entrepreneurs provide a platform for shared insights, collaboration and mentorship ensures that these conversations continue to be had.
We are making the circle bigger! So go ahead, listen and discover what this means for you!
Do make a note to join us for our next valuable livestream session from 19h00 – 19h30, Tuesday 27 September, when we’ll discuss the topic of "The power of the collective" and what it means to our community. Simply hop onto our WomHub Facebook page, LinkedIn profile or YouTube channel and feel free to participate and engage, see you then!