VBKOM Mining Consultants

Werner Heenop

Principal Mining Engineer


Werner Heenop Senior Mining Engineer South Africa

Wilhelm Warschkuhl

Principal Mining Engineer


Wilhelm Warschkuhl - Consulting Mining Engineers

Ruben Els

Senior Mining Engineer


Ruben Els - Mining Engineer

Moshopjadi Phakoago

Junior Mining Engineer


Moshopjadi Phakoago - Mining Engineering Intern

Francois Nell

Junior Mining Engineer


Francois Nell - Mining Engineer South Africa

Nokwanda Zikhali

Junior Mining Engineer


Nokwanda Zikhali - Mining Engineer Intern

Edgar Mashilwane

Mining Engineering Intern


Edgar Mashilwane - Mining Engineering Intern

Werner Heenop

Principal 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.

Wilhelm Warschkuhl

Principal 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.

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.

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