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VBKom Mining Consultants

Werner Heenop

Senior Mining Engineer

wernerh@vbkom.com

Werner Heenop Senior Mining Engineer South Africa

Riaan van der Linde

Senior Mine Planner

riaan@vbkom.com

Riaan van der Linde Senior Mine Planner 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


Xander Maree

Senior Mining Engineer & Regional Manager: Northern Cape

xander@vbkom.co.za

Xander - Senior Mining Engineer


Lehlohonolo Lehasa

Mining Engineer

nolo@vbkom.com

Lehlohonolo Lehasa Mining Engineer South Africa


Theresa Malisa

Mining Engineer

theresa@vbkom.com

Theresa Malisa Junior Mining Engineer South Africa


Khomotso Mashala

Junior Mining Engineer

khomotso@vbkom.co.za

Khomotso Mashala - VBKOM Mining Intern


Werner Heenop

Senior Mining Engineer

Werner Heenop Senior Mining Engineer South Africawernerh@vbkom.com

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.

Riaan van der Linde

Mining Engineer

Riaan van der Linde Mining Engineer South Africariaan@vbkom.com

I graduated from the Technical High School in Kimberley during 1989. The following year I attended the Technical College in Kathu and SIVOS, for two consecutive years and obtained my qualification as a Diesel mechanic.

After qualifying I spent a year working in mining operations and obtained my Open Cast Blasting certificate. I was promoted to Shift Foreman in 1994, where I managed a group of more than fifty ultra-class mining equipment operators.

I also spent a fair amount of time working as a Grade Control Technician, Short Term Mine Planner and Pit Scheduler between 1998 and 2008.

Through hard work and determination I quickly worked my way up to the level of Planning Manager in 2008. I then moved back to production as a Mine Overseer, Production Drilling in 2009.  I moved in 2010 to Pilanesberg Platinum Mines as Mine Planner. I played a major role in the turnaround strategy to bring the mine back to profitability.

I was appointed, in the VBKOM Northern Cape office, as a Senior Mine Planner during April 2015

I have a vast knowledge of all the different workings and processes of open cast mining, as well as the beneficiation characteristics and geology of iron ore and platinum.

Lehlohonolo Lehasa

Senior Mining Engineer

Lehlohonolo Lehasa Senior Mining Engineer South Africanolo@vbkom.com

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.

Theresa Malisa

Junior Mining Engineer

Theresa Malisa Junior Mining Engineer South Africatheresa@vbkom.com

My career started in December 2011 when I worked at DRA Mining as a vacation work student. I had a project to complete and it was part of experiential training for my University of Pretoria studies. In December 2012 I also worked at BHP Billiton (Wolvekrans Colliery) as a vacation work student. The main aim was to complete a project for my final year studies at the University of Pretoria.

In December 2013 I worked at Murray and Roberts Cementation on the Impumelelo project as a vacation work student doing time studies on their underground operations.

In the first few months of 2014, I worked at the University of Pretoria (Metallurgy department) as a demonstrator. My responsibilities were to present demonstrations to students on the operation of a Scanning Electron Microscope as well as how to carry out their sampling practicals.

I joined VBKOM as a Junior Mining Engineer in November 2014.

From my experience, the mining industry is mainly about working with people; therefore respecting others, really listening to other people’s opinions and providing quality work are some of the values that are important in ensuring success .

I grew up and went to school in Phalaborwa in a village called gaMashishimale and I am the last born in a family of 17 children. I love watching movies and cooking shows in my spare time. My favourite food is spaghetti and mince and my favourite movie is Pitch Perfect 1.

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.com

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.

Xander Maree

Senior Mining Engineer & Regional Manager: Northern Cape

Xander - Senior mining engineerxander@vbkom.co.za

After completing my degree in mining engineering at the University of Pretoria I started my career at Golfields as a learner official. I moved to join Moolmans where I worked in Mali, Burkina Faso and South Africa in various operational and management positions over the past seven years.

I was fortunate at that time to be exposed to a wide array of commodities and operational conditions, ranging from starting up a new mining site, contract estimating to short term planning.

I enjoy snowboarding, cooking and most of all travelling and exploring new places. I still carry the scars of a near death meeting with Malaria and as such my philosophy is that “Life is not fair, and very few people get opportunities to be great. If one does, you should seize it and be grateful”.

I get energised when having to make new plans, sell them and seeing them materialise. I want to contribute to society and make a true difference in people’s lives!