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General Manager & Senior Mining Engineer | B.E. (Mining Engineering), MSAIMM
Mr. Vyas is a mining engineer with approximately 18 years’ experience in geological modelling, mining engineering, strategic mine planning, due diligence, strategic business planning, and project management.
He is the principal shareholder of the ABGM Group (South Africa and India). He commenced his career with Hindustan Zinc Limited (India) as Engineer-Mines and later joined Datamine International Ltd. (India), Ararat Gold Recovery Company (Armenia), Konkola Copper Mines Plc (Zambia), Datamine South Africa, CAE Mining Africa, and UK.
Mr. Vyas is a Competent/Qualified Person for Mineral Resources in several commodities, particularly base, and precious metals.
Operations Manager & Senior Mining Engineer | B.Tech Mining Engineering, MSAIMM
Mr Oosthuizen has over 18 years of experience, the first 10 years being spent working for AngloGold Ashanti’s deepest underground gold operation at Mponeng Mine.
He joined ABGM South Africa in 2011 to further his expertise in the mining engineering industry and has since been involved in various underground and open pit projects and specialising in hard rock metal and coal opencast and underground projects. He is actively involved in the technical management of projects with regards to mine optimisation and tactical planning at various operations in South Africa and abroad.
His expertise includes project management, mine consulting, pre-feasibility studies; financial modelling, mine design and LOM planning/scheduling and open pit optimisation. He has extensive knowledge in planning software platforms for mine planning, design and scheduling including NPVS/Whittle and Datamine Studio platforms.
Principal Mining Engineer | Nat. Diploma Mining – EUR Eng – CEng – FIM
Mr. Gillespie has over 50 years of comprehensive mining operational and planning experience. He commenced his career with British Coal in Scottish Division and later went to the Zambian Copper belt where he held senior positions, both technical and operational, in surface and underground copper/cobalt mines. Bill moved to South Africa with McAlpine Mining & Civils as Manager Mining involved in owner and contract mining of Opencast Coal and Base Metals progressing to Managing Director McAlpine SA.
Subsequent to the sale of McAlpine mining interests to Gencor, Bill joined Trans Natal as Senior Manager Inland Coal operations and marketing. Gencor seconded Bill to their Australian business unit as Manager Coal Development. He subsequently became General Manager Billiton, Australasia region responsible for exploration, acquisitions and business development after Gencor’s reverse takeover of Billiton.
Principal Mining Consultant | NHD-Mine Surveying, MDP-Mine Management
Mr. Gilbert is qualified in business management and mine surveying with extensive experience in the mineral extraction industry particularly in contract management and mineral resource management.
A pragmatic, analytical and logical person with good interpersonal skills with a sound understanding of the financial and technical constraints involved in large mining operations. His varied skillset and experience promotes and enables communication across disciplinary and departmental boundaries; and has proven project management skills in areas such as tender preparation, mining operations, systems testing, and system implementation.
More recently Philip has been consulting to various mining contractors in South Africa and Australia. Philip recently worked as Principal Mining Consultant for MineRP in Brisbane.
Principal Mining Engineer | B.Sc. Mining Engineering, SAIMM
Mr. Gawthorpe has over 30 years of experience including open pit optimisation, design, and long/medium-term scheduling, resource to reserve conversion, due diligence, and technical reviews. He has been the key role player in mine planning, mine engineering, and as a consultant on many multi-disciplinary teams.
He has served as principal planning and mining engineer for Anglo-American, mine planner and mining investment analyst for Goldfields.
As a consultant, Mr. Gawthorpe has not only consulted on international projects for a diverse range of clients and mining projects but has also served as General Manager of a consulting practice.
Rock Engineer | B.Sc.Mining Engineering
Mr. Groenwald has 24 years of professional experience in various Rock Engineering and geotechnical-related projects. He has practiced as a rock engineering specialist for various Mining Companies (Goldfields, AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Kalgold, Lanxess, and Tharisa) as well as Consulting Companies (Middindi, Nostrada, and Rhimak).
He served as a researcher on several projects for the CSIR (Seismicity on Platinum Mines – Pillar Failures; Trigger response for fall of ground predictions on Platinum Mines; Stress-induced fracturing around panels on deep level mining (Lead and Lag Project).
His specialist skills include consulting to the mining industry in rock engineering, geotechnical and mining disciplines; solving mine design and rock engineering problems using experience, numerical models and mathematical equations.
Senior Mine Planner | 2nd Year B.Tech Mining Engineering
Mr. Jooste has over 10 years of mine planning experience including open pit and underground mine design, block cutting, sequencing, and production scheduling. He has delivered several feasibility projects on time such as Gamsberg open-pit zinc, Prieska copper-zinc, Thaba open-pit chrome.
Geologist and Mine Planner | B.Sc. Geology Engineering
Ms. Mapeta is a geologist with over 5 years of experience. Her expertise includes open pit mine design, block cutting, and draughting. She has also been instrumental in various geological modelling and technical reporting projects.
Senior Mine Planner | 2nd Year B.tech Mining Engineering
Mr. Zeeman has over 10 years of mine planning experience including open pit and underground mine design, block cutting, sequencing, and production scheduling.
He is the key role player for the tactical mine planning at Harmony Gold’s Kalgold open-pit mining operation.
HR Manager and Project Secretary
Ms. Willemse is the office manager and is responsible for assisting the directors of the company with the smooth functioning of the company. She is also responsible for human resource management and project administration
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