MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY COUNCIL, CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
I obtained a BSc degree in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996 and has been a member of the SA Association of Mine Managers since 2009. I continued my mining career as a mining graduate through the production ranks in the then Anglo Gold’s Freegold operations’ Western Holdings and President Steyn Gold Mines in the Free State. I was later seconded to the then Anglo Coal’s New Denmark colliery near Standerton in Mpumalanga where I worked my way up the production ranks in coal mining. In 1999 I joined the Department of Mineral Resources as an Inspector of Mines (Mine Safety) in the Free State Regional offices and promoted to Senior Inspector of Mines (Mine Health and Safety) in the same office the following year. I was subsequently promoted to the position of the Manager of the Mine Safety Policy Unit at the DMR Inspectorate head office in Pretoria in 2006.
In 2008 I joined Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg operations’ Khuseleka mine in Rustenburg as a Safety Manger. In 2011 I was seconded to fill a newly established position of Safety Risk Manager within Anglo American Platinum Joint Ventures team at the corporate office in Johannesburg. In 2013 following organizational restructuring, I was seconded to join a newly established 5-man corporate team of investigators mandated to provide advice, facilitate or participate in the investigations into selected high profile OHS related incidents; including unfortunate losses of life incidents and high potential incidents; within Anglo American Platinum operations throughout the country and Unki Platinum mine in Zimbabwe. I joined the MHSC as the Centre of Excellence Manager effective from 01 December 2017.
During a career spanning almost thirty years in the SAMI, I obtained the Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency from the DMR; and certificates in OHS Management systems for Lead Auditors, Environmental Management system for Lead Auditors and Environmental Law for Environmental Managers from the Centre for Environmental Management of the North West University. I also obtained certificates in Safety Risk Management and OHS Risk Management in mining with the Universities of Queensland and the Witwatersrand respectively; and certificates in Research Methods and Public Finance Management with the University of Pretoria. I also attended and obtained a certificate for successful completion of a six month course on Technology in the Mining industry held at the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden.
During my well-travelled career, I also had a privilege to actively participate in number of established organisations and committees within the OHS discipline in the SAMI including DMR’s Commission of Examiners for Mine Managers Certificates of Competency, Small Scale Mining Board and the Sector Skills Plan Committee, the MQA’s Education and Training Quality Assurance committee and the MHSCs Mining Regulation Advisory Committee. My contributions are also acknowledged in a chapter on the MHSC 2007 publication on “Introduction to Safety in South African Mines” and was also the employer representative on MHSC Advisory committee tsk teams reviewing the SAMRASS codebook, the Levy model and the refuge bay regulations between the years 2011 to 2014.