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MEI Online: People News: Africa: June 2nd 2011


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:: Mintek Appoints Three New Senior Managers

Mintek is pleased to announce the appointment of three Senior Managers to fill vacant positions in the organisation’s management structure.

The appointments follow an extensive search in the public and private sector for highly experienced individuals in research and development (R&D) and corporate governance affairs.

The following senior appointments have been made:

  • Dr Makhapa Makhafola has been appointed General Manager: Research and Development;
  • Adv Mamokete Ramoshaba has been appointed General Manager: Corporate Services; and,
  • Dr Leon Kruger has been appointed Manager: Hydrometallurgy Division.

“On behalf of the Board and the Executive Management team, I warmly welcome these distinguished professionals to Mintek. Their expert skills and wealth of experience will assist Mintek to maintain its position as a leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation," said Mintek CEO Abiel Mngomezulu.

Dr Makhafola, an analytical chemist who trained at the University of Manchester (UK) and University of Pretoria - previously worked as Director: Quality Promotion and Assurance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Before that he held a similar position at the University of Venda for Science and Technology, where he also lectured.

As part of his post-doctoral studies Dr Makhafola was responsible for developing a technique called mono-disperse dried macro-particulate injector (MDMI) as a sample introduction for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) - an instrument used for metal analysis from samples originating from various industries, such as mining and food.

Apart from quality management, his strategic management interests include change and people management, policy development and analysis, strategic planning, and survey and evaluation research techniques.

Adv Ramoshaba has a wealth of experience in labour relations, including investigations, litigation, compliance management and human resources.

A lawyer trained at the University of South Africa, University of Johannesburg and University of Fort Hare, Adv Ramoshaba also held various management positions within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s Corporate Services Unit as well as at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Prior to joining Mintek, she was a State Advocate at the NPA in the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit, where she was tasked with developing and implementing the “National 365 Days” programmes and a national action plan to end gender-based violence.

She was also responsible for improving the management and successful prosecution of sexual offences cases and developing and implementing professional empowerment programmes for prosecutors and external stakeholders.

Beginning her position at Mintek, she will lead the corporate services and corporate communication goals and ensure Mintek’s compliance with its legislative requirements.

Until his appointment at Mintek, Dr Kruger, who holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the erstwhile University of Port Elizabeth, was a senior manager at Multotec Process Equipment responsible for R&D. His main functions included the formulation of the R&D strategy to support the business goals of the company as well as the development of a project portfolio to support that strategy. As a senior executive at the company, his wide range of tasks included initiating and managing external research collaborations, software development and commercialisation of new technologies.

Over a period of fifteen years Dr Kruger has been responsible for the attainment of technical goals as well as performance managing staff members at Multotec, De Beers and JCI, where he was research programme manager and senior metallurgist respectively. During the process he mentored a number of junior staff members in their studies towards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.




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