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]

Abea Kgathse

Ms Abea Kgatshe
Department Administrator


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

ACADEMIC STAFF

Prof Francois Malan

Prof Francois Malan
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 

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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]

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]

 

Sezer Uludag

Dr Sezer Uludag
Lecturer

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

Profile

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

Jennifer vd Walt

Ms Jennifer van der Walt
Contract Lecturer

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

Profile

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

Mr Johann Esterhuyse
Lecturer

BEng (Mining) (Pretoria), MSc (Mining) (Wits), Pr Eng, COMSOC, RMC

SAIMM, SANIRE, ISRM, ECSA

 

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

Mr PL (Larrance) Ngwenyama
Lecturer

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

SAIMM

Departmental responsibility
First year students guardian, MASUP Representative

Contact details
Tel: +27 12 420 2036
Email: [email protected]

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]

Isabella Swart

Ms Isabella Swart
English Language Skills Instructor and Junior Researcher

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

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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]

Abea Kgathse

Ms Abea Kgatshe
Department Administrator


Contact details:
Tel: +27 12 420 3763
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), BEng (Hons) (Mining) (Pretoria)

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

Mr Thomas Oates
Academic Instructor

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

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

Mr Mesuli Mahlangu
Academic Instructor

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

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

Divine Ile
Academic Instructor

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

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

Danél Wessels
Academic Instructor

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

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

Ruan Els
Academic Instructor

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

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

Sphesihle Buthelezi
Academic Instructor

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

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

 

Collen Mtsweni 
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 Ashleigh Pascoe
English Language Skills Assistant

Second-year students

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

Ms Sarah Place
English Language Skills Assistant

First-year students

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

   
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