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Glencore Coal celebrates women pioneering change this Women’s Month

Johannesburg, South Africa
August 2021

With their long-standing history of supporting communities and businesses, mining giant, Glencore Operations South Africa’s Coal division has taken it upon themselves to nationally launch an initiative that will support women and women-led organisations who have gone beyond the call of duty during these trying times.

Women have been known for pioneering change and stepping up to the plate for many years now and decades later we cannot say we’ve done enough to honour women and the work they’ve done in and around our communities. This initiative is our way of showing that we see the work that is being done and give women the recognition they deserve for powering through these tough times. 
“South Africa has a rich history of women who have pioneered great change that benefits all South Africans to this very day. Therefore, it is important to encourage and acknowledge women and women-led organisations for the work they’re doing, knowing that it will bring progress for this generation and the generations to come.” Said Gracious Maswanganyi, Glencore Coals Stakeholder Manager.
The main aim for the Glencore Women’s Month campaign is to honour and showcase the women and their phenomenal work in our communities. These women will get a chance to share their stories on social media which will gain public interest into their initiatives. There are a lot of women in South Africa who are doing amazing work and we believe that by creating exposure of this work, we afford an opportunity for progress together. 
To follow the conversation or to be part of the initiative, follow the hashtag #ProgressTogether on Glencore’s social media accounts and submit your entries to e-mail: 

For further information please contact:

Shivani Chetram    
t: +27 11 772 0650

Notes for Editors

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.

With a strong footprint in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of more than 90 offices located in over 50 countries.

Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, oil and food processing sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 146,000 people, including contractors.

We began marketing activities in South Africa in 1974, and mining in 1988. Glencore has a strong presence in both the coal and ferroalloy sectors and is a major contributor to the local, provincial, and national economies and have almost 27,000 employees and contractors.We are a leading producer of thermal coal which is intended for the domestic and export market. Thermal (or “steam”) coal is mainly used in power generation. Our coal operations are located near eMalahleni, Middelburg and Belfast in the Mpumalanga province.

Our ferroalloys business, is one of the world's largest integrated ferrochrome producers. Ferrochrome has anti-corrosive properties and around 80% goes into the production of stainless steel. Our chrome and vanadium operations are located across the mineral-rich Bushveld Complex of South Africa's North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

The companies in which Glencore plc directly and indirectly has an interest are separate and distinct legal entities. In this document, “Glencore”, “Glencore group” and “Group” are used for convenience only where references are made to Glencore plc and its subsidiaries in general. These collective expressions are used for ease of reference only and do not imply any other relationship between the companies.  Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer collectively to members of the Group or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.