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)


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Philip Coetzer

Portfolio: President, Central District Representative, Honorary Treasurer Alternate, MPAS Committee of Management Alternate, Banqueting Steering Committee and Fundraising Committee, MineSAFE, Safety Summit, AMSPSA, OH&SPC, MOSH Adoption Alternate, Tripartite Forums, MHSC, Technical Visits (Communications) Alternate

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Willie TheronWillie Theron
Portfolio: Vice 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.

 


 

Teboho Sepetla

Sepetla Teboho

Portfolio: Second Vice President, 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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Mthimkulu (Mts) David Mtshengu

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

David began his mining career in December 1994 at AngloGold Ashanti's Vaal Reefs mine as a Junior Mining Engineer, shortly after obtaining the B.Sc Mining Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He stayed with AngloGold Ashanti for the next few years, steadily advancing to the position of Mine Overseer until June 2000 when he joined Anglo Platinum's Richard Shaft as Operations Manager. A year later he joined Trans Hex Mining as Manager: Mining, where he also gained experience as Project Manager at its Niewejaarskraal Project. During January 2004, David joined Rio Tinto as Mine Manager, a position he held for the next four years, before moving on to De Beers as Principal Mining Engineer between May 2008 and May 2009. David is currently employed as Underground Manager at Goldfields' South Deep Mine. David possesses several industry certificates including the Onsetter Certificate, Blasting Certificate, Mine Overseers Certificate of Competency and the Mine Managers Certificate of Competency. He also completed various short courses and programmes and is currently registered for the second year MBL at UNISA.


Jaison Rajan

Jaison Rajan

Portfolio: Northern Cape District Representative, Banqueting Steering Committee and District Fund Raising Committee, Students/Mentorship, Tripartite Forums, Editorial Committee (Technical Communication) Alternate, Technical Visits (Communications) Alternate

Jaison is a graduate Mining Engineer from the University of the Witwatersrand with a post-graduate Masters in Engineering. He has worked in various mineral commodities, including heavy minerals, diamonds and manganese. He is an accredited Professional Engineer with a Mine Managers Certificate of Comptency.

Jaison has worked in a variety of technical and production orientated roles within Richards Bay Minerals, De Beers Consolidated Mines and currently at Hotazel Manganese Mines. Jaison was initially employed as Manager Mineral Resources, but was later appointed as Mine Manager at Wessels.


Kubheka Simphiwe

Simphiwe Kubheka

Portfolio: Free State District Representative Alternate

Simon Orchardson

Simon Orchardson

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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Francois Janse van Rensburg

Portfolio: 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.


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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. 


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 NelBeyers Nel

Portfolio: Immediate Past President

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, Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

Beyers was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Harmony South African Operations on 1 March 2016. Before the appointment of COO, he was Regional General Manager responsible for Target, Phakisa and Tshepong mines, as well as the Group's metallurgical plants. Beyers joined Harmony on the merger with African Rainbow Minerals Gold in 2003.  

He has 16 years' experience in gold mining, gained on opencast, deep and ultra-deep level gold mines in both supervisory and management positions. Before assuming the role of Regional General Manager, he was General Manager of Harmony's Phakisa Mine. During his tenure as General Manager, he was awarded the CE Award for best improvement on quality in 2010 and a CE Gold Medal for best progress on a growth asset in 2012. As GM, his operation was awarded the hard rock industry Third in Class Award for a gold mine in 2010. Beyers is currently the President of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa. He serves as a Director on the Board of Mines Rescue Services (Pty) Ltd.