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VBKOM Mining Consultants

Werner Heenop

Senior Mining Engineer

wernerh@vbkom.co.za

Werner Heenop Senior Mining Engineer South Africa

Jodri Oosthuizen

Senior Mining & Geotechnical Engineer

jodri@vbkom.co.za

Jordi - Senior Mining and Geotechnical Engineer


Grant Scott

Senior Mining Engineer

grant@vbkom.co.za

Grant - Senior Mining Engineer


Lehlohonolo Lehasa

Senior Mining Engineer

nolo@vbkom.co.za

Lehlohonolo Lehasa Mining Engineer South Africa


Tidimalo Dolamo

Senior Mining Engineer

tidimalo@vbkom.co.za

Tidimalo Dolamo - Mining Engineer South Africa


Ruben Els

Senior Mining Engineer

ruben@vbkom.co.za

Ruben Els - Mining Engineer


Wilhelm Warschkuhl

Senior Mining Engineer

wilhelm@vbkom.co.za

Wilhelm Warschkuhl - Consulting Mining Engineers

Khomotso Mashala

Junior Mining Engineer

khomotso@vbkom.co.za

Khomotso Mashala - VBKOM Mining Intern


Moshopjadi Phakoago

Junior Mining Engineer

moshopjadi@vbkom.co.za

Moshopjadi Phakoago - Mining Engineering Intern


Francois Nell

Mining Engineering Intern

francoisn@vbkom.co.za

Francois Nell - Mining Engineer South Africa


Nokwanda Zikhali

Mining Engineering Intern

nokwanda@vbkom.co.za

Nokwanda Zikhali - Mining Engineer Intern


Werner Heenop

Senior Mining Engineer

Werner Heenop Senior Mining Engineer South Africawernerh@vbkom.co.za

I completed my Mining Engineering degree at the University of Pretoria in 2008.  I started my career at Sasol Mining (PTY) Ltd, where I did my Blasting certificate for underground coal mines.  I gained experience as a Miner, Shiftboss, then Mine Overseer at Bosjesspruit Mine, Irenedale- and South shafts. During this period, I also attained my Mine Manager’s Certificate.

I joined VBKom in March 2012.  At VBKom, I am involved with technical mining studies in the iron ore-, gold-, uranium- and platinum commodities.  These projects include studies of all levels, from scoping studies to bankable feasibility studies.  I have a passion for software programming and I especially love to program in Visual Basic for Applications and Tool Command Language.

In my free time I like playing poker, golf, sports shooting, some snowboarding and skydiving.  During holidays I like travelling overseas.

Lehlohonolo Lehasa

Senior Mining Engineer

Lehlohonolo Lehasa Senior Mining Engineer South Africanolo@vbkom.co.za

I am a dynamic woman who has successfully completed a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Mining Engineering Honours at the University of the Pretoria. I am currently enrolled for Masters in Technology Management. I study mining engineering simply because it is my field of interest.

My short term goal is to learn as much as possible about the mining industry especially in Africa. My long term goal is to continue learning, serve the mining industry in Africa, specialise in mine planning and project management. I enjoy tackling challenges and interacting with different people on a daily basis. I am enthusiastic and hard working. I started my mining engineering career at VBKOM in February 2012. Most of the work that I have done so far has been in aggregates quarry planning. I have had exposure to mine design, grade control, mine equipment studies and scheduling. I enjoy mine planning because it gives our clients a sneak peek into the possible future and assists them to make informed strategic decisions.

In my spare time I like spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy watching action movies, step dancing workout and spin cycling.

Wilhelm Warschkuhl

Senior Mining Engineer

Wilhelm Warschkuhl - Consulting Mining Engineerswilhelm@vbkom.co.za

As a Professional Mining Engineer with eight years’ experience in the mining industry I have had the privilege to gain a respectable amount of experience from two different mining environments. I have worked for four internationally acclaimed companies, namely BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (BECSA), Hatch Goba, Minxcon and VBKOM. I hold a Mining Engineering degree and an Honours degree in Mining Engineering, both obtained from the University of Pretoria.

I have completed my underground coal blasting certificate and the graduate program at BECSA, Khutala Colliery. Thereafter I joined the consultancy environment as a mining engineer where I gained experience in mine planning, supplier engagement, production scheduling, operational cost estimating and project management. I have experience in various mining software, namely Surpac, Minesched, NPV Scheduler, Deswik and Deswik Scheduler.

During project work I was involved in Order of Magnitude Studies, Pre-Feasibility Studies, Feasibility Studies, Due Diligence Studies and Competent Person’s Reports. The project worked included surface mining and underground mining for various commodities, such as platinum, gold, coal, heavy minerals, diamonds, copper and fluorspar.

I work well within a team dynamic and I am open to learn from my supervisors, peers and subordinates. I am open to new challenges and my development is of great importance to me. I am hard working and willing to go the extra mile. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and I do enjoy a game of squash.

Khomotso Mashala

Junior Mining Engineer

Khomotso Mashala - VBKOM Mining Internkhomotso@vbkom.co.za

In 2016, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Throughout my studies I conducted projects at Alexkor and Sibanye Gold respectively on load-haul fleet optimization and ore-flow management .

I recently joined VBKOM to further my knowledge of mine design and planning in various commodities. With this knowledge I plan on growing my expertise while serving the local and international mining industry with due diligence.

Admittedly, I am a busy bee and if not sewing or taking pictures, you'll often find me dancing my worries away.

Grant Scott

Senior Mining Engineer

Grant - Senior Mining Engineergrant@vbkom.co.za

I started my career at Vaal Reefs Gold Mine in Orkney in 1993, after working as a sampler, valuator and surveyor for almost 10 years, I made a career shift into the survey draughting discipline at Impala Platinum and from there it was a natural progression into the Mine Planning discipline. I worked myself up from a Design and Scheduler to Chief Mine Planner, and I am currently a Senior Mining Engineer at VBKOM.

I also worked for MineRP for a brief spell to understand the back-end of the mine design software, to enable myself to deliver auditable, detailed solutions to the mines. My career has been focused on the deep underground workings at Vaal Reefs Gold Mine, Gravelotte Gold Mines, Impala Platinum and AngloAmerican Platinum. My studies include a Mineral Resource Management diploma obtained from Wits University in 2008.

I have collaborated in various technical mining studies in the gold, uranium, platinum and chrome mining environments. I have also been exposed to Manganese and Copper since joining VBKom. I absolutely relish new challenges and commit myself 100% to any project no matter the complexities.

I enjoy travelling within our borders as well as abroad, reading, spending time with my family, learning new life skills, refurbishing and rebuilding old VW collector’s vehicles and golf. My other hobbies include making Biltong, Boerewors and various other meat products. My Achilles heel is “Pap balls”, good craft beer and a big South African braai.

My belief is absolute accuracy, auditability and timeous results, whilst creating viable and profitable alternate options for the client.

Moshopjadi Phakoago

Junior Mining Engineer

Moshopjadi Phakoago - Mining Engineering Internmoshopjadi@vbkom.co.za

I am a goal-driven, modest, hardworking individual who tackles challenges head-on. In 2017, I completed a BSC in mining engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Through my years of study, I have undergone two trainings. The first training was at Murray and Roberts where we were trained on various things like working at heights, mining services, shaft sinking and engineering services. The second training was at Sibanye gold mine where I conducted a research on Decreasing the cost and increasing the efficiency of In-stope support.

I have passion for problem solving and expanding my knowledge base. I plan to further my studies and pursue a master’s degree in mining engineering. I recently joined VBKOM consulting engineers to gain experience about the mining industry and to further my knowledge on mine planning.

I enjoy road trips, Blogging and Vlogging, jogging and reading books. I am also a mentor to some high school learners in my community.