3.5 million injury free shifts for Kagem Mining
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Kagem Mining Limited has recorded 3.5 million injury free shifts, which sets an admirable safety record for the Zambian mining industry.
The company is 75 per cent owned by Gemfields plc: a mining company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), in partnership with the Zambian Government, which owns the other 25 per cent.
Lufwanyama is host to the world’s largest emerald mine and therefore poses a unique challenge to management and workers when considering health and safety.
This milestone reinforces the drive by Kagem and Gemfields to set new standards in the industry and raise the bar for the gem mining sector.
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Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Christopher Yaluma, said: “It is gratifying that Kagem has scored another first in the industry by achieving more than 3 million injury-free shifts; the government is proud to be part of this world class achievement.”
The achievement comes about as a direct result of Kagem’s health and safety policies which require every team member to take responsibility for the ‘safety first’ behavioural culture.
Best practices for health and safety are embedded across both mining and processing operations, with dedicated training and awareness programmes provided to ensure that employees are responsible at corporate and individual levels.
Kagem’s recent CSR projects include provision of a ZESCO powerline, constrtion new facilities at the Chapula Basic School, teachers’ accommodation at Kapila Community School, improvements to Chief Nkana and Chief Lumpuma’s Palaces, the Nkana clinic, and the ‘Blessings’ and ‘Green Farm’ agricultural projects.
Kagem and Gemfields are both clearly leading the employee-driven approach to health and safety; setting the bar so high proves that record breaking health and safety is within every company’s reach; even at the largest emerald mine in the world.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.