Arnot Opco’s Dream Team: Working together for the benefit of all

The re-opening of Arnot Coal Mine under the new and vibrant management of Arnot Opco has resurrected hope in the local community. The mine has been the nerve centre of economic activities in Middleburg and surrounding areas for well over 40 years. In that time the face of mining in South Africa has evolved, with more young women taking an interest in geology and other mining-related careers. One such young woman is 26-year-old Dineo Thabana.

Born and bred in Mhluzi, Middelburg, Thabana has been exposed to mining from the time she was born. Now the Wits Business School graduate has joined Arnot Opco as an apprentice at the company’s Supply Chain Management Department.

What do you enjoy about working at Arnot Opco?
The environment at Arnot Opco is warm, loving and forever welcoming. Everyone is friendly and I have the most supportive colleagues. Team work drives everything we do.  There are definitely no egos with this team.

When your internship period ends, what do you hope to have achieved?  
First and foremost, I wish to be a full-time employee. I also want to gain more experience and knowledge while working alongside the Supply Chain Management team. My hope is to achieve more goals for the company itself and play my part in taking it to greater heights.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I want to become a Supply Chain Manager

What’s the most interesting thing about your job?
Working with different people  on a daily basis, and learning from them. I also have a keen interest in people’s development.

What’s the most interesting thing about your job?
Working with different people  on a daily basis, and learning from them. I also have a keen interest in people’s development.

Being exposed to the mining industry as a woman – do you believe this is the industry for you? 
At first, I never pictured myself working at the mine. But, over time, and to my surprise, I have come to strongly believe that this is where I am meant to be. I think it is time for more women to play their part and lead from the front.

Being exposed to the mining industry as a woman – do you believe this is the industry for you? 
At first, I never pictured myself working at the mine. But, over time, and to my surprise, I have come to strongly believe that this is where I am meant to be. I think it is time for more women to play their part and lead from the front.

Were you surprised to find out that the company’s CEO is a young black woman? 
I was more inspired than surprised. Not only is she a woman, but she’s also a motivator and supporter of other women. It gives me hope that I can also reach new heights and be anything I want to be in life. It can never be too early or late to do so.

Were you surprised to find out that the company’s CEO is a young black woman? 
Yes, the mining industry has always been dominated by men. As a young woman, I would encourage other women by letting them know that we are also capable of doing whatever we put our minds to. I want to make the next generation believe and live through their dreams.