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Paving the Way for Urban Planning in the Mining Sector

By June 21, 2024No Comments

Meet Tshepo Maswanganye, a young professional with a passion for urban planning and people in mining and a unique journey into the mining industry.

Tshepo joined the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) in August 2019 under the Successful Application of Technologies Centred Around People (SATCAP) Programme as an intern. When his internship ended in March 2021 his impressive performance during the internship earned him a post as a Project Administrator.

Graduating with an MSc degree in Urban Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Tshepo’s initial aspiration was to study Electronic Engineering. However, he was accepted for his second choice, Urban and Regional Planning, which also intrigued him. “I did not choose Urban Planning, it chose me,” he reflects with a chuckle.

The MMP internship proved to be instrumental in Tshepo’s professional growth. “I gained insights into people-related issues in mining and interacted with various industry stakeholders. I developed soft skills, project management abilities, improved my Microsoft suite efficiency, and enhanced my research and writing skills,” he explains. He credits his mentor, Dr. Sherin Ramparsad, for guiding and supporting him throughout his journey. “Dr. Ramparsad played a valuable role in my growth and success,” he adds.

Recently, Tshepo participated in the 1st National Planning Indaba and Young Planners Awards 2024, hosted by the South African Council for Planners. He secured third place in the Science and Technology category, recognizing his performance and contributions as a Young Planning Professional.

During the Indaba, Tshepo engaged in a panel discussion on “Mainstreaming Planning Technologies in the Mining Sector.” He shared insights on the intersection of mining and urban planning through social labour plans and emerging technologies. “I discussed the SATCAP data gathering tools and the ESG Impact Lens Dashboard, highlighting how insights from communities and mines can help mining companies address community needs and challenges through strategic spatial planning, upskilling, and reskilling initiatives,” he shares.

Tshepo envisions himself as a Public Policy Analyst and a Specialist Urban Planner, with a focus on policy and governance in mining or the built environment. His desire to pursue a PhD is a testament to his commitment to continuous learning and his dedication to making a significant impact in his chosen field.

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