An employer of choice

From the time the mine started operations in the mid-60s, Palabora has been at the forefront of employment practices in the local mining industry. Palabora is a mining company that sees employees as its most valued assets. Our conditions of employment are competitive in the industry. We plan to attract and develop talent, and create an environment where employees contribute to the company's goals and have fulfilling careers.

Human resources vision statement

HR seeks to be an active partner in the facilitation and creation of a self-motivated and progressive Palabora workforce that is focused on business objectives while achieving personal and career growth as well as self-fulfillment.

The following are the main performance areas and objectives supporting the business:
  • Attraction and retention of talent
  • Remuneration and Benefits
  • Learning and development
  • Employee Engagement
  • Organizational development
  • Diversity management

Attraction and retention

We employ individuals that have demonstrated talent and high level performance and commitment to add value and contribute to the company's goals. Our objective is to provide staff with development opportunities in order that all are fully competent in their roles and can also reach their fullest potential.

We aim to continuously seek to benchmark various alternative strategies as part of our retention and management of talent and high potential employees. Some of the initiatives initiated for identified with high-potential and performing employees are mentoring and coaching, accelerated learning schemes, challenging and stretching roles and leadership development programmes.

Retention and attraction of key skills mainly in Manufacturing and Mining industries have become areas of focus in order to remain competitive in this global arena.

In order to position Palabora in the right platform, the Employee Value Proposition was implemented to support the retention and attraction of key valuable skills and to ensure that Palabora remains as the employer of choice. The Employee Value Proposition is fully aligned with Rio Tinto Group's HR Planning Priorities for 2008-2011, which are further aligned to the company's business strategy to maximize volumes from its owned resources to highest-margin products in a safe and profitable manner.

In line with this Value Proposition, Palabora offers a safe working environment, competitive conditions of employment, talent management programme that includes succession planning and people development, challenging work, exciting career opportunities and a clear Performance Management system.

The company aims to retain and attract key skills, to foster stability and business excellence and to meet employment equity targets.

The focus is and always has been to ensure that all employees are excited, self motivated and committed to the organisation.

Remuneration and benefits

Our salary packaging and remuneration benefits include retirement contribution, medical aid, disability and personal accident cover. We aim to continually benchmark with other companies and conduct market salary surveys in our industry to ensure that we remain competitive in how we reward our employees. This will extend to introducing leading performance strategies and conditions of employment.

Phalaborwa, Limpopo , South Africa
T: +27 (0)15 780 2911
PO Box 65, 1 Copper Road, 1389
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