Self-directed work teams in a post-apartheid gold mine: perspectives from the rockface

SOURCE: Beyond the apartheid workplace: studies in transition
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2005
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.S.Phakathi
SOURCE EDITOR(S): E.Webster, K.Von Holdt
KEYWORDS: MINE WORKERS, MINING AND MINERALS INDUSTRY, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3370

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Abstract

This chapter examines an attempt to develop a 'new mine worker' for a new workplace culture in a South African gold mine. The chapter suggests that there are two ways of thinking about relationship between work and training. The chapter concludes by arguing that any training designed to develop a new miner must be based on the recognition and elaboration of these tacit skills and the systematic articulation of the existing occupational culture.