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Full Name: Sephela Makete ThEMA
Position: Acting Mine Manager – Sibanye Stillwater


  • Creation of a platform for young mining professionals to champion 4th industrial revolution in mining through practical projects and adaptation of new technologies.
  • Bring to light challenges faced by young professionals at operational level and how they can be overcome.
  • Find ways of promoting young professionals’ involvement in the total mining value chain. With interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, andtransformation.

Interaction/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):

  • Attend technical presentations and conferences
  • Member of the YPC committee since 2019
  • Study journals
  • Conduct academic research.


  • 2011: BSc. Engineering (Mining Engineering) – University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2017: Postgraduate Certificate in Mining Law – University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2015: Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration – University of Pretoria
  • 2018 and 2019: Respectively Mine Manager’s and Mine Overseer’s Certificate of Competency
  • Currently enrolled for Master of Science degree in Engineering

Brief career history:

  • I started as a mining engineering student in 2008 for Anglo Operations limited, and went on to work as a crew captain, shift supervisor, senior shift supervisor after graduation for Anglo American Platinum Rustenburg operations.
  • Over the years, I have been involved in mine design, mine planning, project management, mining development and new technology implementation.
  • I am currently employed as an Acting Mine Manager for Sibanye Stillwater in Rustenburg. I am a registered candidate mining engineer (ECSA), and a professional member of SAIMM and an associate member of AMMSA.

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