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Mining Companies in South Africa That Are Highly Rated in Terms of Employee Experience

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

We take a look at some of South Africa’s largest, highly rated mining companies and what employees have to say about their benefits, pay, and management, based on reviews from Glassdoor and LinkedIn, as well as information from Payscale.

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Anglo American

This mining giant, and the largest mining company in South Africa, has impressive ratings on Glassdoor, with 99% of employees and former employees stating that they approve of the CEO, an unusually high approval rate for a company. What is more, the perks of the job are mentioned in most reviews as one of the main attractions of working at Anglo American.

As well as this, many Glassdoor and LinkedIn reviewers state that the company puts its workers first, offers, good salaries, and provides career growth for employees through on-the-job training and promotions. Also mentioned often are the company’s consideration for its workers’ safety, integrity, and efforts at creating diversity in its workforce. It places emphasis on giving candidates of all ethnicities, genders, and abilities a fair chance at employment, without discrimination.

Benefits for employees of Anglo American in South Africa include:

· Cell phone benefits

· Reimbursement for education/tuition/certifications

· PPE provided (personal protection equipment)

· Paid holiday leave and sick leave

· Free lunches and beverages

· Housing and car allowance

· Bonuses

· Training

· Company pension plan

· Medical care benefits

· Life/disability insurance.

Gold Fields

South Africa’s second-largest producer of gold after AngloGold Ashanti, and one of the largest mining and exploration organisations on the planet, Gold Fields is popular among former and current employees. On Glassdoor, 99% of reviewers say they would recommend working here to a friend, while the CEO has an impressive approval rating. Reviewers also praised the supportive environment and management and stated that the company is very safety conscious. Remuneration was said to be very good, and bonuses were mentioned as one of the perks of the job.

Benefits of working at Gold Fields in South Africa include:

· Housing benefits

· Good career growth prospects

· Pension plan

· Life insurance

· Annual bonuses

· Medical support

· Competitive salary structure

· Vacation, sick, maternity, and paternity leave.

AngloGold Ashanti

A company said to stick to its values and look after its employees, AngloGold was cited by most reviewers on Glassdoor and LinkedIn as having good career development opportunities, management support, and good benefits. Also mentioned was a positive work environment free of racial discrimination and with good working conditions, as well as a diverse workforce. Reviewers also felt that AngloGold demonstrated care for employees and their health and safety. Skills development such as project management, public speaking, and strategic thinking, as well as a collaborative work environment, were also mentioned.

Employee benefits at AngloGold Ashanti in South Africa include:

· Free gym

· Team building programmes

· Medical aid

· Company pension programme

· Paid leave: sick, vacation

· Relocation expenses

· Reimbursement for education, certification, tuition, and training.


Good salaries and a supportive, competent management team are some of the advantages mentioned by former and current employees of Sibanye-Stillwater. The South African precious metal mining conglomerate with mines in various nations including South Africa was cited as having good benefits and care for its employees. The stability of the company was also praised.

Employee benefits at Sibanye-Stillwater include:

· Paid vacation and sick leave

· Cell phone

· Affordable housing, housing allowances, homeownership programme

· Education reimbursement

· On-the-job training and career advancement opportunities

· Company pension plan

· Life insurance/disability

· Matching contributions to a retirement plan.

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