Mpho Nyiko Nyarela is currently employed by Palabora Mining Company under the HBIS group. She is part of the Underground Construction (Operational Readiness and Enabling) and the Concentrator. The team is responsible for setting up systems and processes that transition project activities from underground operations into the business or elements aimed at ensuring support of the Brownfields Mega Project.
She is also part of Value Improving Projects at the Concentrator aimed at plant optimization. With over a decade in the mining industry, she has held various roles such as Section Evaluator, Mine Design and Planner, and Project Services. She has worked for mining companies such as Petra Diamonds and various Anglo Platinum mines. She has also worked outside the mining sector where she consulted for the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Bidvest, and Telkom.
Mpho holds numerous qualifications, which include a cum laude degree in Mineral Resource Management, an MBA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and currently pursuing a PhD candidacy under the School of Economics and Management. She is passionate about education and rural development.