Our people

Kenmare recognises that our employees are the cornerstone of our business and that a partnership approach is vital to achieving business objectives.

As stated in our Employment Policy, we operate in full compliance with the relevant national laws and employment standards. They cover hours of work, meal breaks, transport, shift hours, overtime, standby, call-outs and payment on Sundays and holidays. Employee benefits also covered include retirement, health, personal accident and medical benefits.

A talented and diverse workforce

We are committed to seeking out and retaining a diverse and talented workforce to ensure business growth and performance. Kenmare encourages diversity in its workforce and believes in treating all people with respect and dignity. For more information see our Employment Policy, and our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

We pride ourselves on the employment the Mine generates for our host communities and Mozambique as a whole. In 2019, we directly employed 1,423 people in Mozambique, and paid over US$33.5 million in salaries. The size of Kenmare’s workforce in Mozambique increased by 2% in 2019 compared to 2018 as a result of increased labour requirements due to the development of WCP C and increased finance, logistical and engineering needs.

Number of employees1,4231,3981,324
% Mozambican96%95%93%
% Expatriates4%5%7%
% Women8%7%5%

Of our permanent employees at the Moma Mine, 96% are now Mozambican, compared to 95% in 2018, as we continued to drive the localisation of our workforce. All personnel at operator and tradesman levels are Mozambican, and the percentage of Mozambican employees at supervisory levels increased to 91% from 87% in 2018. Management localisation increased significantly to 63% in 2019, compared to 53% in 2018, and particular success was seen at the middle management level (65%), with the successful appointment of production superintendents and engineers. Kenmare’s focus has now turned towards skills development and providing opportunities for more employees to be promoted into more senior roles.

The sustainability of our localisation programme has been underpinned by the successful technical development of local artisans, who have replaced expatriates through our on-site practical training centre. Our University Internships and our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) have also seen local graduates employed and positioned in higher ranks of the operation.

Training and development

Kenmare invests in training and development initiatives for our employees at all levels of the business as building capacity and capability are key to sustainable development. In 2019, we invested US$700,000 in training and development and delivered over 13,800 hours of refresher training to our employees at the Moma Mine, which equates to an average of approximately 10 hours of training per person.

Kenmare’s GDP also remains an important strategic initiative. Through the GDP, Kenmare identifies and develops Mozambican graduates who display the potential to fulfil leadership and specialist positions in the future. In 2019, 32 people participated in the GDP and past graduates now fill roles including plant supervisors, metallurgists and geologists.

Advancing women

Kenmare is also focused on increasing the number of women in our workforce as we recognise that gender diversity is a key driver of business success. We encourage networking groups, such as the Kenmare Women in Mining Forum, which was established in 2019. We also support mentorship programmes, such as members of the Kenmare Women in Mining Forum visiting local schools to mentor female students.

At the end of 2019, women represented 20% of our Board of Directors, compared to 11% at the end of 2018, and 11% of the executive management team, which is unchanged compared to 2018. At the end of 2019 there were seven women in the executive committee’s direct reports, with an additional 24 women at the Mine in positions of leadership responsibility. 8% of our Mine employees were female at the end of 2019, compared to 7% in 2018. Training and recruitment initiatives are also in place to create employment opportunities for women in Mozambique.