Candidate location: South Africa, Western Cape

Home & other languages: English, Afrikaans

Designation: General Manager

Highest qualification type: Diploma

University: University of Johannesburg

Discipline: Mining

Years of experience: More than 10 years

Cost to company: Over and above R2.5 mil

Company size: 51 – 200

Division: Operations

Seniority level: Manager / Dept Head / Lead /Senior / Principal Engineer 


  • Strong Technical capabilities in Mining and Engineering applications
  • Multi operational experience and exposure\
  • Experience in Health, Safety and Environmental requirements and compliance
  • Experience in Human Resources applications, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Procurement and Logistics Operations
  • Expatriate experience
  • CSR and CSI experience at multiple operations
  • Experience in multi-cultural and multi-national work groups
  • Training, coaching and skill transfer experience
  • Organised Labour negotiations and interaction
  • Contracts and Project Management experience

Gender:                                    Male

Ethnicity:                                 Caucasian/White

Nationality:                              South African

Highest Formal Qualification:  NHD Metalliferous Mining

Other Formal Qualification:    

Mine Managers Certificate of Competency (South Africa)

Mine Captains Certificate (South Africa)

Professional Registrations:

  • Engineering Registration Board of Zambia
  • Engineering Institute of Zambia
  • South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (inactive at present)

What is your current/ most recent job title?

General Manager

What is the primary purpose of this position?

  • Management and control of all disciplines in the organisation
  • Skills transfer
  • Legal compliance
  • Optimisation

What are the core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order for you to achieve your primary purpose? 

  • Interdepartmental understanding, interaction and synergy
  • Standard Operating Practice adherence
  • Legal compliance
  • Benchmarking and establishment of KP Areas and Indicators
  • Training, Coaching and Reviews
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant markets

What are some of your greatest achievements (When and how have you saved your employers time, money and resources)?

  • 33 Years mining and management without a fatal accident
  • Establishment of successful multi-cultural and multi-national crews
    in South Africa and Zambia during entire career
  • Mentoring 5 sub-ordinates to achieve management qualifications
    and positions in their respective organisations
  • 8 years mining contracting experience with positive growth and
    improved safety results in all the Companies
  • Successful completion of two Greenfields mining projects in Zambia
    between 2005 and 2013
    *US$125M between 2005 and 2008 on budget
    *US$580M between 2011 and 2013 on budget
  • Consistently improving production performances whilst reducing
    operating expenditures at all Companies employed
  • Provincial colours in swimming (’74 – ’78) and hockey (’90 – ’95)

If you were to illuminate your skills and abilities along with your greater purpose and passions in life, how would you describe yourself?

  • Tenacious
  • Adventurous
  • Detailed
  • Punctual
  • Passionate
  • Proud
  • Impatient to achieve success

What is the business title of your ideal position? 

  • Grow and develop new business venture(s)
  • Investigate business opportunities and develop strategies

What are the key responsibilities and accountabilities of your ideal position?

  • Responsible for the direction of the Company and employees
  • Key Inputs in Policy and Performance Indicators
  • Optimisation of investments and growth opportunities
  • Skills transfer and employee growth
  • Operational optimisation

What are the manufacturing processes/ technologies that you have experience in relevant to your ideal position/ next career steps?

Associated competences to complete mining and processing operations by means of experience:

  • Health, Safety and Environmental compliance
  • Project Management
  • Contracts Management
  • Human Resources applications:
    • Operational requirements
    • Union and Association negotiations
    • Multi-national working team management
    • Training and coaching
  • Financial management
  • Prospect and exploration drilling
  • Logistics: in-house as well as in terms of long distance hauling
  • Procurement

Describe your career in years of experience per sector/industry/commodity serviced:

Mining Operations and Management of various commodities and related disciplines for 33 years

Describe the kind of company you would like to work for including the culture and values it should possess:

  • No red tape
  • Realising and growing potential in employees
  • Acknowledgement of achievement
  • Strict on non-performance
  • Trusting
  • Transparent

What do you absolutely love doing?

  • Succeeding
  • Operations optimisation and transformation
  • Transferring skills and guiding a protégé to reach potential
  • Making money
  • Playing sport

Motivation to move (please select): Limited challenge

Location Preference: I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.