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Mine warns against employment fraud

Monday, 17 July 2017

Gold Fields South Deep Mine warns against imposters selling jobs at the mine.

In a statement released recently, Thandeka Mapi, Gold Fields’ Superintendent: Communications said, “Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa, with 28 per cent of the population registered as unemployed. This reality has unfortunately increased the number of unethical individuals targeting unsuspecting job-seekers. It has come to our attention that the South Deep Gold Mine is one of many companies whose names are being used in employment scams that exploit vulnerable people in our community.”

According to Mapi, a few individuals front themselves as either employees, or employment agents on behalf of South Deep, with the intention of misleading members of the public, and asking for a fee in exchange for jobs.

“This practice is not condoned by South Deep in any way or form and is viewed in a very serious light as it is against our values, policies and code of conduct. The management of South Deep regards these acts with the contempt they deserve. We urge all members of the community to be vigilant and report such suspicious activities.

“South Deep will never require any person to pay an employment fee at any given time during a recruitment process.

South Deep encourages job-seekers to make sure that they understand all the important details about looking for employment at South Deep and share this correct information with friends and families.”

Mapi also said that if anyone is aware of similar or related activities, they should please contact the South Deep Hotline on 0800 203 711 or approach the South Deep Protection Services Department.

When looking for a job, please take note of the following important points:

  • You will never be requested to pay any money for your job application.
  • You should only submit your CV and details to the address provided.
  • Not every job advertisement is legitimate.
  • The golden rule is: Any job offer that requires you to pay a fee in advance is a scam.
  • If the ‘recruiter’ offers job training in return for money, know that you are being scammed. No legitimate company or recruiter would ask for money up-front, under any circumstance.
  • Any recruiter or company that corresponds from a free email address such as Yahoo, Live, Hotmail or Gmail is likely to be a scammer. Legitimate job-related emails will come from a company email address.


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