Structure of the council

The President and a 21 member Council, includes the Northern Cape who are elected annually, administer the affairs of the Association. To ensure continuity, a Permanent Secretary oversees the administration of the Association from offices situated within, and provided by, the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. (See appointment of representatives to council and committees)

Willie Theron

Willie Theron

Portfolio: President, Eastern District Representative Alternate, SAIMM Observer, Website

Qualifications include two mining related National diplomas as well as a B-Tech Mining Engineering degree through University of Johannesburg, BSc (Hons) Applied Science degree through University of Pretoria, MDP through Wits Business School, MBA Executive Management (Cum Laude) through University of Cape Town, Project Management through DaVinci institute and various certificates of competency.

Willie is registered with ECSA as a Pr (Cert. Eng.) and Member of AMMSA and fellow of SAIMM.

He started his mining career with AMPLATS in 1997 and went through the ranks to General Manager.

Career highlights include Best 4th Year Studen at Anglo Platinum for University of Johannesburg studends; the AMMSA Gold Medal Award for Technical Paper Presented in 2016; two million fatality free shifts at Union Mine Declines in 2009, which was a first in the shaft's history since 1984; being part of Union Mine breaking the world record and obtaining the DMR Safety Flag and the Anglo American Safety Achievement Awards for achieving 7.9 million fatality free shifts in 2009 and surpassing 12 million Fall of Ground fatality free shifts in the same period; managing 2 successful decline shaft projects which included Union 4S and 4B shaft projects from feasibility stage through to designed capacity levels.

Willie joined the Northam Booysendal Platinum operations in 2010 as Manager Mining, and later General Manager, managing it from a Greenfields project to a steady-state operations that reached six years and 3000 fatality free production shifts in 2015.


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Mthimkulu (Mts) David Mtshengu

Portfolio: Vice President, Eastern District Representative, Tripartite Forum, Banqueting Steering Committee

Mthi is a seasoned Mining Operations Leader with over 24 years post–graduation experience in the Mining Industry. He also obtained the MBL from UNISA-SBL and completed the Business Leadership Development Programme from AGSM in Sydney,Australia. He is the current Vice President of the Association of Mine Manager of South Africa (AMMSA - 2018). After graduating with a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, he started his career as a Gold Mining Engineer at Anglo-Gold Ashanti (Vaal River Operations). He later joined Anglo American Platinum as Operations Manager at Union Section of the Rustenburg Platinum Mines. Mhi moved to Transhex Group as Manager-Mining, managing alluvial diamond mining operations before joining BHP/Rio Tinto’s Operation (Richards Bay Minerals (RBM)) as Manager-Mining Plants, where he also served as Director of an empowerment company called Nazalela Mining Company, a joint venture company established for the exploitation of the Zulti-South Mineral Resource with the local communities of Dube, Mkhwanazi and RBM. Later, he moved to DeBeers Group Services as Principal Mining Engineer, wherein he fulfilled a Techno-economical role for the Debsa board. He joined Samancor as Mine Manager and later Assmang Chrome Mine (Dwarsrivier Mine) as Production Manager, where he was soon promoted to Senior General Manager of that mine. In this role, he successfully turned a loss-making chrome operation around. Mthi then took up the Business Leader position to head and turn around Modikwa Platinum Mine (MPM). The Operation is showing very strong signs of turning around with a cumulative above 18% growth rate since he joined it in 2015. Mthi has managed diverse groups of people and demonstrates cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding. He has strong analytical and critical thinking abilities and is assertive and outgoing. He also has a strong customer focus and anticipates trends and forces likely to impact on the business. Mthi’s strength is in identifying and unlocking shareholder value through deliberate engagement of the full workforce, all other stakeholders and leveraging his analytical and critical thinking capabilities.


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Francois Janse van Rensburg

Portfolio: Second Vice President, Free State District Representative, Banqueting Steering Committee and District Fund Raising Committee, Tripartite Forum, Technical Visits (Communications) Alternate

Francois has 18 years' experience in the South African hard rock underground gold mining environment, having begun his career at Anglo American Gold and Uranium Division in 1998. He was appointed as Mine Overseer in 2003 before joining Harmony Gold Mining Company as Mining Manager in 2004 at the age of 29. In 2007, he was promoted to General Manager at Tshepoing Mine at the age of 32. He later joined AngloGold Ashanti as Vice President Technology and was recently appointed as General Manager at Kusasalethu Mine.

Francois holds a B.Eng Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Pretoria, an MBA from the University of Potchefstroom, as well as various other qualifications, including the Mine Managers Certificate of Competency and Mine Overseer Certificate of Competency. He is currently enrolled for the Master in Project Management (MPM) at the University of Pretoria.

During his career, Francois has been a member of the Mine Rescue Service and qualified as a Mine Rescue and Mine Ropes Rescue Service Proto Member.

Francois is married with three children and in 2006 reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.


Sepetla Teboho

Teboho Sepetla

Portfolio: Honorary Treasurer (Funding) Alternate, MPAS Committee of Management Alternate, MineSAFE Alternate, MRAC, OH&SPC, MOSH Adoption Alternate, Editorial Committee (Technical Communication)

Qualifications: B. Tech (Mining Engineering) from the University of Johannesburg, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley, University of Reading (UK), Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

Stuart started his mining career in 1996 and has a wealth of experience in gold mining and platinum mining. He held various managerial positions, such as Principal Inspector of Mines, Section Manager, Production Manager and Mine Manager until he was appointed as Head of SHEQ for Goldfields South African Operations in July 2015. He is also registered as a Professional Certificated Engineer through the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). 


 
Tom van den Berg

Tom van den Berg

Portfolio: MineSAFE Committee Chairperson, MRAC, Banqueting Steering Committee and District Fund Raising Committee Chairperson

Tom holds a MBL degree, a degree in Mining Engineering, through the University of Johannesburg, and has a wealth of experience in the gold and platinum mining sectors, including mining at ultra deep levels, project planning for new operations and the recommissioning of a dormant mine. Tom has published a number of technical papers and is a Fellow of SAIMM. In 2002, Tom received both the AMMSA gold medal and Wits Technikon alumni award and blazer. He is currently General Manager of Khuseleka Mine Anglo Platinum, in his tenor the Mine has vastly improved its safety record, significantly improved its operating efficiencies', and is busy completing a major capital project, to extend the mines life to 2027. Most recently he has chaired the NW RTN Tripartite forum, as well as launched the first Hard Rock Safety Day, in combined effort with AMMSA , SAIMM, NUM, UASA, Solidarity, and the DMR.


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Andrew Brown

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Andy began his mining career in 1974 as a Learner Official at Wankie Colliery. In 1976, he obtained a First Class Diploma in Mining from Bulawayo School of Mines before moving to Harties in 1978 where he worked as a Surveyor. A year later he obtained the Rhodesian Survey Certificate, and in 1980 the South African Survey Certificate. That same year he transferred to Loraine Gold Mine as Section Surveyor. In 1984 he obtained the Mine Managers Certificate and was subsequently promoted to various positions in conventional, open pit and trackless mining. Throughout his career, Andy has worked in Base Metals, Gold and Platinum mining. During this time he also obtained the GDE and MSc (Eng) Degree from Wits University. He currently works at Newrak Mining as a Senior General Manager and serves as Vice President of AMMSA, while also serving on ECSA, MPAS and various other committees.


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Willem Gouws

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Willem started his mining career in 1996 at Vaal Reefs in Klerksdorp as Learner Miner. He progressed as to Learner Official when he got a bursary to study at the Technikon of Witwatersrand, now known as the University of Johannesburg.

After obtaining his B-tech in Mining Engineering, he furthered his practical studies with Anglogold Ashanti where he was exposed to all aspects of Mining and Engineering up to the ranks of Mine Overseer.

He joined Harmony as an Improvement Leader in 2007, where his duties was to find implement projects that improves Health and Safety as well as Productivity and Costs.

In 2009 Willem joined Tshepong mine in the Freestate as Mining Manager where he gained experience in undercut mining of shales. He progressed to the position of Mine Manager and along the way gained experience in the development and construction of a twin decline system.

Willem is currently at Kusasalethu Mine, Elandsrand where he is the 3.1(a) appointed Mine Manager.

In his mining career he has been exposed to various mining methods, including undercut mining, mini longwall mining, scattered pillar mining, deep level mining and sequential grid mining. Willem also has seven years’ experience as a Proto Brigade Member.

His qualifications include B-tech Mining Engineering and an MBA from the University of the Freestate.


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Raymond van den Berg

Portfolio: Association Secretary

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Dr S Phakati

Portfolio: Co-opted Council Member from Chamber of Mines as Head: Safety and Sustainable Development, MOSH Adoption, MHSC Alternate, OH&SPC Alternate


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JJ Joubert

Portfolio: Eastern District Representative

Qualifications: NHD Metal Mining, Mining (WITS Technicon), Professional Certificated Engineer (Pr.Cert.Eng,), MDP, Business Administration Management (University of the Witwatersrand).

JJ was appointed as Business Leader at Two Rivers Platinum Mine in 2015. Prior to joining Two Rivers Platinum, he was General Manager at Anglo American Platinum Dishaba Mine, after transferring from Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg Operations in 2010. From 2005 to 2007, JJ was Section Manager at Anglo American Platinum's Amandelbult Section, after four years as Managing Director of Rustmin.

JJ currently services as Eastern District Representative on the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa's Council.


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Mosala Letebele

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Qualifications include two mining related National Diplomas from Wits Technikon, as well as a B-Tech Mining Engineering degree through University of Johannesburg, Anglo Achiever Programme at Maccauvlei Training and Conference Centre, Senior Management Development Programme University of Pretoria/GIBS, Progress for Management Excellence at University of Pretoria/GIBS and various certificates of competency.

Mosala started his mining career in Gold Fields Training Services in 1997 and Joined Amplats in 1998 as a Learner Official. He went through the ranks to the position of Production Manager. Mosala also worked at Impala 4 shaft. 

Mosala is a member of AMMSA.

His career highlights include achieving 4 million fatality free shifts at Two Rivers Platinum Mine in August 2018 which is a first in the mine's history, being awarded the 2017 MineSAFE 3rd in Class Safety Award for Two Rivers Platinum Mine and achieving 4 million fatality free shifts at Amandelbult Tumela Lower 1 shaft in April 2015 - also a first in the shaft’s history. Mosala joined Two Rivers Platinum Mine in 2015 as Mining Leader for Main Decline Shaft, and later Mining Leader for both Shafts Main and North Decline.


L Pitsoe

L Pitsoe

Portfolio: Central District Alternate Representative

Qualifications: B.Eng (Mining Engineering), Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency, MBL, Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng.)

Lemogang was appointed as General Manager Mining of the Hernic Ferrochrome mining operations on 1 March 2011. Before the appointment as General Manager, he was Operations Director for Coal of Africa Limited, responsible for the Mpumumlanga region mines, as well as the coal processing plants.

He has 21 years' experience in mining the following commodities: Diamonds, Tanzanite, Gold, Platinum, Coal and Chrome, gained on opencast and underground mining operations at both supervisory and management level. Before assuming the role of Operations Director for Coal of Africa Limited, Lemogang was Chief Operating Officer for AFGEM Tanzanite 1 in both South Africa and Tanzania. He also co-founded Royal Bafokeng Resources (RBR) with the late Steve Kearney in 2003, which later became a joint venture partner with Amplats. Lemogang was then appointed as Joint Business Unit Manager at BRPM operations for RBR in 2003, where he was tasked with cost reduction to be competitive with then rival companies. He is currently member of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.


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Johan van Tonder

Portfolio: Eastern District Alternate Representative

Johan started his mining career as a Learner Official in 1986 at the then JCI Randfontein Estates Mine after he completed the compulsory two-year military service.

In 1988, he was transferred to RPM Amandelbult Section as a Shift Supervisor. After obtaining the Mine Overseers' Certificate in 1993, Johan was promoted to Mine Overseer. In 2004, he obtained the Mine Managers Certificate of Competency and was promoted to Section Manager. Four years later, he was offered the position of Mine Manager at Mototolo Joint Venture at Xstrata.

In 2010, Johan was promoted to General Manager, the position he still holds at Glencore's Mototolo Joint Venture. 

He obtained the JMP in 2000 from UNISA and the MDP in 2005 from Wits University.


W Freeman

W Freeman

Portfolio: Central District Representative, Tripartite Forum

Warren started his mining career in 1990 in the Free State with AngloGold as a Learner Official after completing his compulsory two-year military service. He holds a Mine Managers Certificate of Competency and is registered as a Professional Certificated Engineer through the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He has also completed the MDP Programme through the University of the Free State.

Warren worked his way through the ranks of Shift Supervisor, Mine Overseer and Mining Manager during his 26 years in the Gold mining sector. He was later appointed as Mine Manager, the position he has held for the past four years.


Beyers Nel

Beyers Nel

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Qualifications: B. Eng (Mining Engineering) from the University of Pretoria, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Wits Business School with an international exchange programme to the University Of Chicago Graduate School of Business in the USA, Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng), Management programs: DPMM, BLDP.

Beyers has a wealth of experience in gold mining on a variety of opencast, deep and ultra-deep level gold mines. He held various managerial positions until he was appointed as Operating Officer for Harmony?s South African Operations in May of 2012. During his tenor as General Manager he was awarded the CE award for best improvement on quality in 2010 and a CE gold medal for the best progress on a growth asset in 2012. As GM, his operation was awarded the hard rock industry 3rd in class award for a gold mine in 2010.


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Alistair Macfarlane

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Alastair S. Macfarlane serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. since December 1, 2012. Alistair has extensive experience in senior and executive management positions in the mining industry and consults to many mining companies within the sector locally and internationally. He a visiting senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand; is chairman of the South African Mineral Asset Valuation Committee (SAMVAL) and chairs the international Mineral Asset Valuation Committee (IMVAL).


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Philip Coetzer

Portfolio: Immediate Past President

Philip started his mining career in 1984 on the West Rand with Anglo American Gold and Uranium Division as a Learner Official after completing his compulsory military service. He holds a BTech Mining Degree from the University of Johannesburg, a Mine Managers Certificate Competence and is a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). He is also registered as a Professional Certificated Engineer through the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He also holds a diploma in Industrial Relations from UNISA and has completed the MDP Programme through the University of the Witwatersrand.

Philip worked his way through the ranks of Shift Supervisor, Mine Overseer and Technical Assistant to the Section Manager during his 16 years in deep-level fold mining. He was later appointed as Section Manager – a position he held for four years until he moved to platinum, being part of the team that established Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine and brought it to full production. During this time he was promoted to the position of Production Manager. In 2008, Philip was appointed as SHER Manager at BRPM, the position he currently holds. Philip currently serves as Chairperson of the North West Rustenburg Region Tripartite Forum.