Why women should stay in the mining industry

Elaine Hattingh, manager of Innovation Planning & Execution at Exxaro Resources based in Pretoria, South Africa, related her experiences to mark International Women’s Day.


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Nicole Lyons

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Axora is all about innovation. So we were delighted, recently, to talk to another mining innovation champion – Elaine Hattingh of Exxaro Resources – about her role both as a woman in mining and as manager of Innovation Planning & Resources for the South Africa-based miner. In fact, what Elaine had to say was so important that we submitted it for publication to Mining Magazine.

Showing that a passion for innovation can emerge from anyone in any role, Elaine started “at the coalface” – literally – as an on-site geologist. In less than ten years, and via a variety of roles, she has taken on the challenge of helping the mining industry to change its mindset from “that’s the way we’ve always done it” to “how can we do this better?”.

You can now read all about Elaine’s take on innovation and on being a woman in mining in April 2022’s edition of Mining Magazine.  

Elaine Hattingh, Manager: Innovation Planning & Execution, Exxaro Resources, co-presented a session on the Mining 2050 stage at Mining Indaba in South Africa on May 11th, entitled “Open innovation: the disruptor needed for digital acceleration in the mining sector”. You can read about that here.

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