Written by Maria Combrink | Deputy Chairperson
At Women in Mining South Africa, we do what we do because we love the mining industry. We volunteer our time to ensure that women in mining have a platform where their voices can be heard, be it in a social, entrepreneurial, technical, mentoring, or educational way.
To do what we do, we need funds to ensure that our projects reach the intended audiences, as we are a not-for-profit organisation. The South African mining industry supports WiMSA’s initiatives. However, there are several new projects on the cards for 2023, as well as the extension of our Career Booklet project.
This gave rise to our first annual golf day. Friday, 21 April 2023, was a day to remember!
The inaugural Tiefenthaler Africa | WiMSA Golf Day was held at Randpark Golf Club. The field hosted 20 Four-Ball partnerships covering a range of different companies, from mining, finance, physiotherapists, and more. Nine companies sponsored holes on the day – and kept the players informed on the developments within their respective fields within mining.
Our headline sponsor, Tiefenthaler Africa, is an international law firm providing legal services to clients in Africa's design-build, commodity extraction and power generation markets. Tiefenthaler predominantly assists clients with matters in the mining, energy, engineering, oil & gas and construction sectors. Having been involved in most of the largest projects across the African continent, including the Middle East, Australia, Europe and Asia, their team of specialists possess a wealth of expertise in strategic procurement, contract development, claims management, dispute resolution and litigation.
Thank you, Tiefenthaler Africa, for being part of this day and seeing the value of a continued partnership with WiMSA. We will be reaching great heights together.
We want to thank our hole sponsors for 2023 – Investec, Positive Switch, Micromine, Palesa Pads, Juexin Fire Engineering, VR Consulting/Xenon Chemicals, Amber Safety, The Particle Group, and General Kinematics. Thank you for supporting WiMSA and women in mining. The registration gift and Goodie Bags were well received, and we would like to thank Fraser Alexander, Epiroc, General Kinematics, and AMIS for their contributions.
The day started with registration at 9 AM and welcome coffee and snacks. The teams then departed to the correct hole tees to start the day with a shotgun start at 11 AM. The competition format for the day was 4Ball Alliance Stableford, 2 scores count. All tees were occupied, and the golf started. By the end of the day, a few teams decided against handing in the scorecards after a day of intense networking. However, from the scorecards handed in, the winners were crowned.
The longest drive, at the 12th hole, was claimed by Rebecca Sebelebele and Nicolas Sardiahas, and the nearest to the pin (hole 15) was claimed by Megan du Plooy and Gavin Seagers.
The top three spots for the 4Ball Alliances were:
Third place: ET-X Projects
Second Place: VR Environmental Consultants
And the winners were Gubhani Trading and Exploration, taking the General Kinematics Floating trophy home with them.
After the prize-giving and formalities were concluded, everyone enjoyed a wonderful function hosted at the Azalea room at Randpark Golf Club. Tendai Mhlanga Photography, a bespoke professional corporate and family events photographer, captured wonderful photos. Tendai is part of the WiMSA family, and when you see him at our events, be sure to give your all for the lens!
The date is set for next year: Friday, 19 April 2024, at Randpark Golf Club, Firethorn Course.
We want to thank Tiefenthaler Africa for already agreeing to sponsor the 2024 Golf Day, as well as Micromine for committing to sponsoring Hole 9 again.
If you would like to get involved and either participate on the day as a 4Ball team or sponsor a hole in 2024, let us know. You can sponsor in 2024 at the 2023 rates if you commit before the end of May 2023 for the 2024 Tiefenthaler WiMSA Golf Day!
Get in touch at email@example.com.
If you are eager to make a difference and have fun, we look forward to seeing you on 19 April 2024.
Until then, remember:
A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.