Principal Communications - South32, Hotazel Manganese Mines

Location: Hotazel Posted Date: January 15, 2020
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Employer Job Id: 570441110 Careermine Job Id: 1829001
About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals.

Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come.

We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.

Our South African Manganese mines are found in the manganese rich Kalahari Basin, in the country's Northern Cape, which is home to 80 per cent of the world's manganese ore body.


  • The purpose of the role is to a Lead and manage all strategic communication requirements to support internal operational objectives, promote a positive reputation with local, district and provincial stakeholders and demonstrate South32's commitment to fulfilling its stated purpose.


  • Serious contenders will have Degree/BTech/National Diploma in Communications/ Public Relations/ Business or related discipline with a minimum of 10 years' experience in a Senior Communication role;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Setswana is essential;
  • Experience in managing end-to-end communications program;
  • Experience in the extractive sector, preferably in the Northern Cape is essential.


  • Strategic development of the Manganese South Africa Communications Plan (internal and external) in line with the South Africa Manganese business plan, and stakeholder and community plans;
  • Execute all media engagement and communications in accordance with the South Africa Manganese Communications Plan and corporate requirements;
  • Ensure alignment with and input from operational stakeholders, leadership, and the Corporate Affairs team;
  • Ensure all communications content and materials are delivered in line with company procedures and protocols and adhere to the Corporate Affairs Standard and associated guidelines;
  • Lead site-based crisis communications response and participate in Incident Management Teams when required;
  • Lead local issues management and reputation management;
  • Maintain all shared drives and document repository for South Africa Manganese Corporate Affairs;
  • Manage communications to a broad range of stakeholders, including local communities and government to support continued operation and manage reputational risks;
  • Input to South32-wide communication channels including website, social media platforms, intranet and annual report;
  • Ensure compliance to South32 Brand strategy;
  • HSEC reporting; compliance to Sustainability Public Positions linked to Voluntary Principals on Security and Human Rights, International Council on Mining & Metals, Sustainable Development Goals and others.

Please apply online by entering the preferred position reference nr at our website Applications close 22 January 2019 at 17H00.
South32 has an overriding commitment to safety and environmental responsibility.

Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We're focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.

We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.