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Full Name: Nkululeko Thembinkosi Mahlangu                                       

Position: Review & Improvement Specialist

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

  • Young professional council is a great catalyst in creating a platform for future leaders, who will be agents of change in their organisations through webinars and constant engagement with leading professionals. I aim to strengthen relationship between industry affiliated bodies, companies and industrial relation to make significant movements towards modernisation of the minerals industry.

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

  • Attended webinars and presentations as a student arranged by SAIMM


  • BTech Mining Engineering, University of Johannesburg, 2013
  • Mine Overseer Certificate of Competency, 2020
  • Mines Rescue Advanced Certificate, 2017
  • Rock Breaking Certificate, 2016

Brief career history:

  • Mining engineer in training: May 2014 – June 2016

    • Enrolled in a graduate programme that provides training and exposure to the entire mining cycle (underground occupations) and services. It develops young professionals interpersonal and leadership skills as well as problem solving abilities. It is during this period that I completed my rock breaker/blasting certificate.

    Miner: July 2016 – February 2018

    • MHSA Regulation 14.1 (1) Appointee.
    • Responsible for examining, making safe and ensuring effective marking, supporting, drilling, charging up and cleaning operations.

    Shift Supervisor: March 2018 – November 2020

    • MAR 2.15.1 Appointee.
    • Focus on safe quality of work, achieving of production targets, housekeeping, supervising and coordinating support functions.

    Mine Overseer: December 2020 – November 2021

    • MAR 2.14.1 Appointee.
    • Accountable for the planning, coordination and effective implementation of mining and all related activities to ensure the achievement of operational objectives arising out of the business and mining strategy.

    Review & Improvement Specialist – December 2021 – Current

    • Develop, design and review all systems and initiatives as per Implats HSE business Plan.
    • Advise operations with regards to Inter-group standards, benchmarking of best practices and industry standards.
    • Development of Health and Safety review/Improvement tool to measure operational performance.
    • Scheduling and execution of the review/Improvement at Implats Operations.

Date and place of birth:

23 March 1990, Witbank

Other industry body affiliations?


What are your views on the 4th industrial revolution?

The trends towards automation and data exchange marks the beginning of the Imaginary age. It should be embraced and supported by all, it will certainly benefit the mining and processing sectors. Artificial intelligence as a component of Industry 4.0 has made a significant impact in achieving increased productivity, operational efficiency and improving industrial processes in smart factories. this technology can provide solutions for deep level narrow reef mining which has not been attractive to mechanised mining. The implementation of the imaginary age comes with some economic, social and political challenges. Hence, it is important that we continue investing in research and development to gather learnings from countries leading the adoption. This will provide solutions for employment, regulations, privacy concerns, skills and competence.

If you were a precious metal what would you be and why?

Gold, Like gold, I have a brilliant lustre, one that is memorable and occupies a special place in the human mind.

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

This body can promote mining and processing objectives from schools into tertiary, industry and surrounding communities. It is important that young Africans know and understand their mineral geographical setting and the role these minerals play in the Global market. In order to achieve modernisation in the mining industry, we must study its sustainability and legislative requirements. As young professionals we must consider resources and collaboration as our enabling elements, policy and governance as our institutional factors and leadership consensus must be established. SAIMM provides a platform for students and professionals to engage in industry opportunities, challenges and establish a good network. This platform remains a key part in driving the objectives of the mining and processing in Africa.

How do you see young professionals making a significant change in the industry?

Young professionals have challenged traditional/conventional methods of working. There is a shift towards automation and data exchange with intent to optimise mining and processing. A platform to identify key long-term strategies can be facilitated through SAIMM YPC events, webinars and presentations.

What gets you up in the morning?

Exercise, it makes me feel good..

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