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Full name(s) and surname:
Katlego Tony Kekana

Group Enterprise Risk Analyst

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?
The Mining and Metallurgy sector has always been known to be slow in terms of technology and innovation adoption. I am intending to influence the youth of this sector to embrace a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous environment by being resilient and ambidextrous in change using innovation and technology. I am also an advocate for System Thinking and Strategic Foresight in the industry.

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


  • BEng (Mining) – UP
  • BEng (Hons) (Mining)– UP
  • BCompt Financial Accounting – UNISA
  • PGDip (General Management) = GIBS
  • MBA – GIBS – currently

Brief career history:
I completed BEng Mining in 2013. I then continued with BEng (Hons) Mining in 2014 where I also worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Pretoria. In 2015 I joined Impala Platinum Mines as Mining Engineer in Training. As part of the mining training programme, I completed National Certificate in Underground Occupancy and Rock Breaking Certificate in 2016. During the training programme, I worked on optimisation projects such as Time Motion Study. On completion I started as a Miner, of which I worked for 6 months, the later I Was appointed as Production Shiftboss for 6 months. After I made a lateral move where I was appointed as Shift Supervisor Optimisation at the Best Practice department for a year. Then I moved to Head Office (Implats) as Group Enterprise Risk Analyst, where I focus on Enterprise-Wide Risk Management, Project Risk Management, Business Continuity, Operational Compliance Management and Insurance Management.

Date and place of birth:
06 February 1992

Other industry body affiliations?

  • Association for Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA)
  • Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
  • Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA)

What are your views on the 4th industrial revolution?
It is an era that is driven by Big Data, digital technology, BlockChain, Drones and all sort of technology. In my view, countries that are making a fuss about it, are those there were left behind on the first, second and third industrial revolution. Any country or organisation that was up to date just saw it as the next era then. I acknowledge that the change is exponential. However, people should realise that it is an application of good research and inventions that were discovered in the previous revolution. Hence, I believe it is just an era that we should embrace and implement its associated technology and stop talking about it for the sake of remaining relevant. We should see it in action, not hear about it.

If you were a precious metal what would you be and why?
Gold – this is because it is malleable. I can be shaped to suit any new environment and bring happiness to people.

How do you think industry bodies such as the SAIMM can better equip young professionals such as yourself?

  • Create a platform to commercialise research and innovation
  • Create a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship collaboration
  • Partner with industry giants to develop young entrepreneurs with correct technical and business capabilities

How do you see young professionals making a significant change in the industry?
I see young professionals changing strategic leadership (mentalities, motives and means) of the industry, and eventually shaping a culture that brings change than a culture that adapts to change. This can be done by leading initiatives at the workplace, being ambidextrous in technological adoption.

What gets you up in the morning?
My curiosity to learn new ways of doing things and making an impact on my society and family.

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