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Limpopo-born alumni are rocking the mining industry

From left: Matete Phasha, Mpho Kgadima, Tebele Letswalo, Andronica Mathobela, Andronica Makhura

Excellence in academia Matete Phasha, having achieved her BTech Mining degree cum laude, is now area manager for Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology, which develops engineering solutions for mining and rock excavation. The top performing student in her faculty in 2012, Phasha received the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) Deans’ Honour Roll award for exceptional achievement, and was the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa’s prize winner for the best Mining Engineering Student in 2012. She was also awarded a certificate for Highest Academic Achievement in BTech Engineering

Five Limpopo-born and -bred alumni – all graduates of the BTech mining degree in 2012 – are today making significant contributions to the mining sector at major mining com- panies around the country. Andronica Mathobela, Matete Phasha, Andronica Makhura, |Mpho Kgadima and Tebele Letswalo are all graduates of the BTech Mining degree at UJ’s Doornfontein campus (DFC), where, where they met, and since then, have remained good friends. Mathobela is a business improvement specialist at New Denmark Colliery in Standerton, Mpumalanga, owned by Seriti. Seriti is a major South African mining company responsible for supplying approximately 24Mtpa of thermal coal to Eskom’s Lethabo, Tutuka and Kriel power

(all disciplines) for women at the University of Johannesburg in 2012. Phasha says she is involved in a number of mining forays, also in her home province. “In Musina, Venetia mine (De Beers) is sinking a shaft, and sinking shaft operations in Ivanplats in Mokopane is also under way. Anglo American Platinum has also acquired Glencore’s Mototolo mine and they are in the exploration phase to mine Der Brocken ore body to expand the life of the mine. Another surface mine soon to go underground is Mecklenburg (Tjibeng), where Murray and Roberts will be doing shaft sinking operations”, she says.

stations, which collectively generate about 23% of the country’s electricity.



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