Full name(s) and surname:
SAMERDI Intern (Longevity of Current Mines)
What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?
As a young professional myself having benefited and still benefiting from the guidance of my seniors, I would like to advocate for increased participation of young professionals within the SAIMM institution. Given my background in the research space, I would highly enjoy advocating for young upcoming professionals to consider R&D as a career path in an effort to share to body-of-knowledge and advance on the existing knowledge in our industry.
Interactions/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):
I am currently participating in the SAIMM mentorship programme. Also, I attend some of the YPC organised events such as the Student Colloquium. I was scheduled to deliver a presentation on postponed 5th Young Professional Conference, now taking place on the 21 – 22 of September 2020.
Qualifications: BSc honours: Mining Engineering (Wits)
MSc: Mining Engineering (In progress)
Brief career history:
I was a Postgraduate researcher from July 2018 to December 2019 at Goldfields’ South Deep mine, where I was undertaking an MSc project assessing the local ground support and corrosion life-cycle to improve long term cost-effectiveness. I am currently a research Intern at the Mandela Mining Precinct, responsible for undertaking literature reviews on the financial feasibility of employing mechanisation in specific mining operations and the limitations of the study thereof.
Date and place of birth:
05 January 1995
Other industry body affiliations?
Associate member of the South African National Institute of Rock Engineers (SANIRE)
What are your views on the 4th industrial revolution?
I am of the view that the 4IR is the long-awaited technological revolution that the SA mining industry and the world at large has been waiting for. The 4IR is just the right solution for the SA mining industry to realise their competitive advantage arising from their comparative resources advantage. This technological revolution promises to make our industry to remain sustainably profitable thus positively contributing to our national economy.
If you were a precious metal what would you be and why?
I would be Ir, this is because I am an adaptive individual capable of acclimatising to different adversity of personalities/backgrounds, just as Ir exists within the 6E PGE in harmony. I am a very patient and broad-minded miner ( very rare personality given our inherent production stress!) with strong eager to become the best mining engineer despite ‘potholes, dykes and faults’ one comes across in life, attesting to my resistant nature just like the corrosiveness of iridium.
How do you think industry bodies such as the SAIMM can better equip young professionals such as yourself?
Industry bodies like SAIMM, given their high influence within the industry, can facilitate a collaborative relationship between the key players in the industry and the aspiring junior mining entrepreneurs, in order to allow more access into the industry. This established through mentoring programmes for the junior miners and financial support. I must however compliment the great work done thus far such as the established YPC-SAIMM and the career mentoring programme that I am a beneficiary of.
How do you see young professionals making a significant change in the industry?
I am very positive about the potential contribution that young professionals are/will be making in the industry, considering the revolutionised curriculum which equip us with multi-faceted skills sets. The young professionals in the mining industry are mostly equipped with programming, project and financial management skills that tend to give us an innovative perspective to challenging engineering problems. This ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking will allow young professionals to quickly realise the full potential of 4IR thus making our industry sustainable and realise its top spot on the world.
What gets you up in the morning?
The desire to become Black Coffee of R&D and business improvement in mining!