Meet Our People

Johan Le Roux

Director

Johan is a Director of the Mandela Mining Precinct, representing the DSI in the Public-Private Partnership.

Expertise
Management, Strategic initiatives, Key account management
Email
jlroux@csir.co.za
Description

Johan has established and contributed to many key South African industry support initiatives and advisory bodies, including the Automotive Industry Development Centre, the National Manufacturing Advisory Centre of South Africa, the National Cleaner Production Centre and the Small Enterprise Development Agency. He also represented the CSIR in the management and advisory structures of the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative, the National Foundry Technology Network and the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit.

Academic qualifications
  • Agricultural Sciences, University of Stellenbosch
  • Management and Leadership development programmes, University of Cape Town Business School, Groman South Africa, and the Institute for Management Development in Switzerland

Dick Kruger

Strategic Technical Advisor

Dick is the Mandela Mining Precinct’s Strategic Technical Advisor, representing industry in the Public-Private Partnership.

Expertise
Advocacy on policy, public and private sector liaison, key account management
Email
dkruger@mandelaminingprecinct.org.za
Description

Dick holds a B. Eng (Mining Engineering) from the University of Pretoria. He has over 50 years’ experience within the mining industry where he held several positions aimed at, amongst others, strengthening mining R&D; streamlining electricity and water supply to the mining industry; and mentoring emerging miners.

Academic qualifications

B. Eng (Mining Engineering), University of Pretoria

Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe

Programme Manager: Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS)

As the Programme Manager for Real-Time Information Management Systems in the South African Mining, Extraction Research, Development and Innovation strategy, at the Mandela Mining Precinct, is responsible for research, development, and innovation for the Industrial Internet of Things and Smart Connected Systems, for the Mining Industry

Expertise
ICT, Digitalisation, Business Sustainability, Project Management
Email
jverhaeghe@mandelaminingprecinct.org.za
Description

As the Programme Manager for Real-Time Information Management Systems, JJ is responsible for research, development, and innovation for the Industrial Internet of Things and Smart Connected Systems, for the Mining Industry

Academic qualifications

Michelle Pienaar

Programme Manager: Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK)

As the programme Manager for the Advanced Orebody Programme in the South African Mining, Extraction Research, Development and Innovation strategy, at the Mandela Mining Precinct, Michelle is interested in developing technologies to create the ultimate glass rock environment.

Expertise
Geology, rock engineering, geochemistry
Email
mpienaar@mandelaminingprecinct.org.za
Description

Michelle holds a BSc. Honours in Geology from the University of Johannesburg.  She has over 17 years’ experience within the mining industry where she started her career as a mine geologist but later progressed to a Geoscience Manager on numerous deep level gold operations.

Academic qualifications
  • BSc Hon (Geology), University of Johannesburg

Martin Pretorius

Programme Manager: Longevity of Current Mines (LoCM)

Martin’s interests are in modernised mining systems, to optimise current mining practices in creating new innovation and supporting systems to enhance novel mining methods.

Expertise
Mining engineering, business optimisation, strategic plannin
Email
mpretorius@mandelaminingprecinct.org.za
Description

As the programme manager responsible for the Longevity of Current Mines research programme, Martin is interested in modernised mining systems.

Academic qualifications

Tshepiso Mataboge

Group Assistant

Tshepiso offers six years of experience in overall office management, senior management support and event planning. Her role includes but is not limited to diary management, event planning and coordination, organising local and international travel for staff, procurement and a secretarial role for the SAMERDI Steering Committee.

Expertise
Public policy, administration
Email
tmataboge@csir.co.za
Description

As the Mandela Mining Precinct Group Assistant, Tshepiso specialises in public policy and administration, and has an interest in stakeholder engagement.

Academic qualifications

Sherin Ramparsad

Programme Manager: Successful Applications of Technology Centred Around People (SATCAP)

As the Programme Manager: Successful Applications of Technology Centred Around People (SATCAP), Sherin is responsible for leading research on understanding the effects and impacts of mining modernisation on people.

Expertise
Learning and Development
Email
sramparsad@mandelaminingprecinct.org.za
Description

Sherin holds a Doctorate Degree in Education Management, with various other professional qualifications in her field, and is a registered Master Learning and Development specialist.

She is passionate about sustaining the mining sector through growing and developing leaders in mining, and in her own time, is a GIBS Associate – an MBA supervisor, coach and examiner for the Gordan Institute of Business Science, and is a visiting Adjunct Professor for the Wits Mining Institute, at the University of Witwatersrand.

Academic qualifications

Thato Radebe

Project and Contracts Manager

As the Project and Contracts Manager at the Mandela Mining Precinct, Thato is responsible for developing project management processes, managing contracts, project co-ordination, tracking budgets and managing expenditure whilst ensuring compliance to the Public Finance Management Act.

Expertise
Project Management
Email
tradebe@csir.co.za
Description

Thato holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification among other qualifications. She has over 15 years of working experience in the Mining and Minerals sector. Her interests lie in Project Management and Business Process Improvement. Previously, she worked as a Metallurgical Technician managing minerals processing projects at a South African state owned metallurgical research and development organisation.

Academic qualifications
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project management Institute (PMI), 2015
  • BCom: Financial Management, University of South Africa (UNISA),2013
  • NDip (Chemical Engineering), University of Johannesburg, 2005

Jurgens Visser

Programme Manager: Test Mine

As the Program Manager for the industry Test Mine, Jurgens is interested in the modernisation of the South African mining industry with a core focus on setting up an industry Test Mine which will ultimately prolong the life of the South African mining industry.

Expertise
Mine operations, mineral resource management
Email
jvisser@mandelaminingprecinct.org.za
Description

Jurgens holds a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has over 40 years of experience in the Mining Industry and is a specialist in the field of Mineral Resource Management. He is enjoying the challenges of the full Mining Value Chain and looking for innovative ways to address these challenges, improve operational efficiencies and the bottom line. Jurgens’ Mineral Resource Management experience covers both underground and surface mining, and he has had exposure to Gold, Platinum and Uranium. He uses this experience and understanding of the Mining Value Chain to drive value realisation and transformation in the mining space.

Academic qualifications
  • MSc: Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, 2006
  • BSc: Mineral Resource Management, University of the Witwatersrand, 1991
  • Mine Surveyors Certificate of Competency
  • 6 Sigma Black Belt

Reyhana Mahomed

Science Communication Manager

Expertise
Science communication, Media liaison, digital communication
Email
rmahomed@csir.co.za
Description

As the Science Communication manager at the Mandela Mining Precinct, Reyhana is responsible for communicating research outcomes and enhancing brand awareness.

Academic qualifications