Staff in the Department of Mining Engineering

The Department’s prime resource is its teaching staff. Staff members are encouraged to improve their teaching and research skills, remain active in industry and contribute to departmental administration and community service. Contracted-in industry experts and guest lecturers participate in the Department’s activities on an ongoing basis and keep students and staff in touch with industry requirements and trends.

The Department is supported by one honorary and four extraordinary professors. These seasoned academics assist the Department with the supervision of postgraduate research, specifically as it relates to ventilation engineering, rock engineering, explosives engineering and mining economics. To ensure sustainability, capacity is expanded through contract staff, part-time lecturers, chair-holders, administrative support staff and full-time postgraduate students, who are appointed on a year-to-year basis to assist lecturers in their daily teaching responsibilities. This brings the Department’s total component to 35. This would not have been possible without generous support from our industry partners.

OFFICE OF THE HOD

Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman

Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman
Head of Department


BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), MEng (Mining) (Pretoria), PhD (Mechanical) (NWU),
Pr Eng MMC 

SAIMM, AMMSA, SOMP (President 2014)

Profile

Contact details:
Tel: +27 12 420 2443
Email: [email protected]

Daleen Gudmanz

Ms Daleen Gudmanz
Department Administrator


Contact details:
Tel: +27 12 420 3763
Email: [email protected]

ACADEMIC STAFF

Prof Francois Malan

Prof Francois Malan
Associate Professor

BEng (Electrical) cum laude (RAU), 
MEng (Electrical) cum laude (RAU),
PhD (Mining) (Wits), Pr Eng

MSAIMM, MSANIRE, ISRM (Vice-President: Africa, 2007–2011), SOMP 

Profile

Departmental responsibility
Director:
 
Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC), Harmony Gold Chair in Rock Engineering and Numerical Modelling

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 5965
Email: [email protected]

Dr Bertie Meyer

Dr Bertie Meyer
Senior Lecturer

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), MSc (Mining)(NWU), PhD (Mining) (NWU), Pr Eng

MASUP (President)

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Departmental responsibility
Department projects

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 6876
Email: [email protected]

Jannie Maritz

Mr Jannie Maritz
Senior Lecturer

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), BEng (Hons) (Mining) (Pretoria), MOT (Pretoria), MEng (Mining) (Pretoria), Pr Eng MMC, RMC

SAIMM, AMMSA, SOMP, SANIRE, ISRM

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Departmental responsibility
Student administration, teaching and learning
Head: Virtual Reality Centre

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 4571
Email: [email protected]

Wolter de Graaf

Mr Wolter de Graaf
Senior Lecturer

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), BEng (Hons) (Mining) (Pretoria), MEng (Mining)(Pretoria), Pr Eng  MMC

SAIMM, AMMSA, SOMP

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Departmental responsibility
Marketing and communication

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3180
Email: [email protected]

Sezer Uludag

Ms Sezer Uludag
Lecturer

BSc (Mining Eng) (Wits), MSc (Mining Eng) (Wits), Pr Eng

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Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3195
Email: [email protected]

Jennifer vd Walt

Ms Jennifer van der Walt
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), BEng (Hons) (Mining) (Pretoria), MEng (Mining) cum laude (Pretoria)

Profile

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 6877
Email: [email protected]

Thabo Gazi

Mr Thabo Gazi
Contract Lecturer

BSc (Mining Eng) (Wits), GDE (Rock Eng) (Wits), MBA (Edinburgh), Blasting Certificate, Mine Overseer’s Certificate of Competency, MMC

SAIOSH

Profile

Contact details
Email: [email protected].ac.za

Dr Johann Uys
Contract Lecturer

BA (Pretoria), BA (Hons) (Pretoria), MA (Clinical Psych) (Pretoria), PhD (Vista), Dip LPAD (Jerusalem)

Profile

Departmental responsibility
Murray & Roberts 
Mining Engineering Leadership Academy

Contact details
Email: [email protected]

Johann Hager

Mr Johann Hager
Contract Lecturer

BSc (Mining) (Pretoria), BEng (Hons) cum laude (Pretoria), MEng (Mining) cum laude (Pretoria), BCom (Unisa), MMC

SAIMM

Profile

Contact details
Email: [email protected]mail.com

Isabella Swart

Ms Isabella Swart
English Language Skills Instructor and Junior Researcher

BA (English Studies) (Pretoria), BHCS (History) (Pretoria), MHCS (History) (Pretoria)

Profile

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3842
Email: [email protected]

HONORARY AND EXTRAORDINARY PROFESSORS

Prof John Napier
Extraordinary Professor

BSc (Chemical Eng),
MSc (Chemical Eng), PhD (Wits)

Profile

Departmental responsibility
Harmony Chair in Rock Engineering and Numerical Modelling

Research interests
Rock engineering and numerical engineering

Prof Bharath Belle
Extraordinary Professor

Research interests
Mine ventilation engineering

Prof William Spiteri
Extraordinary Professor

BSc (Industrial Eng),
PhD (Chemical Eng) (Wits)

Profile

Departmental responsibility
AEL Intelligent Blasting Chair in Innovative Rock-breaking Technology

Research interests
Explosive rock-breaking engineering

Prof Jan du Plessis
Extraordinary Professor

BEng (Mining) cum laude (Pretoria), MEC (Unisa), BEng (Hons) (Mining) (Pretoria), Diploma (Risk Management) (Stellenbosch), PhD (Mining) (Wits)

Profile

Research interests
Mine ventilation engineering

Dr Con Fauconnier
Honorary Professor

BSc (Mining Eng),
MSc (Mining Eng), PhD (Pretoria), MBA (Oregon)

Profile

Departmental interest
Fundraising and facility development

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Marietha Hicks

Ms Marietha Hicks
Instructional Designer and Postgraduate Coordinator

Departmental responsibility
clickUP, postgraduate administration, marketing

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3196
Email: [email protected]

Daleen Gudmanz

Ms Daleen Gudmanz
Department Administrator

Contact details:
Tel: +27 12 420 3763
Email: [email protected]

Jeritha Maphoto

Ms Jeritha Maphoto
Budget Controller

Departmental responsibility
Finance

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 6692
Email: [email protected]

Abea Kgathse

Ms Abea Kgatshe
Personal Assistant

Departmental responsibility
Department administration 
(Virtual Reality Centre)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 4763
Email: [email protected]

Zander Beest van Andel

Mr Zander Beest van Andel
Virtual Reality Assistant

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 5461
Email: [email protected]

Wilson Magongwa

Mr Wilson Magongwa
Messenger

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 6239
Email: [email protected]

FULL-TIME POSTGRADUATE ACADEMIC ASSISTANTS

Keaton Philo

Mr Keaton Philo
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), BEng (Hons) (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 6235
Email: [email protected]

Mr Bheki Mkalipi
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3639
Email: [email protected]

Mr Thomas Oates
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected]

Mr Mesuli Mahlangu
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3639
Email: [email protected]

Ms Sphephile Dludlu
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected]

Danél Wessels
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected] 

Ruan Els
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected]

Divine Ile
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected]

Collin Papo
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected]

Jerry Photo
Academic Instructor

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria)

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3179
Email: [email protected] 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS ASSISTANTS

Ms Stefanie Rembold
English Language Skills Assistant

Third-year students

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3842
Email: [email protected]

Ms Sjané Prinsloo
English Language Skills Assistant

Second-year students

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3842
Email: [email protected]

Ms Shanté Smit
English Language Skills Assistant

First-year students

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 3842
Email: [email protected]

   
Published by Marietha Hicks

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