8 episodes

Entrepreneur, Jacques Basson, host this podcast focused on the people and businesses within the mining industry, with the objective to extract nuggets of wisdom and practical business advise.

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Entrepreneur, Jacques Basson, host this podcast focused on the people and businesses within the mining industry, with the objective to extract nuggets of wisdom and practical business advise.

    Woman in Mining Webinar Series 1: Women stepping into leadership

    Woman in Mining Webinar Series 1: Women stepping into leadership

    In Partnership with Krypton Mining: https://krypton360.com
    Webinar: Women Raising Their Hands & Stepping Into Leadership
    Your Host: Hulisani Mabe - Executive Director Mining & CRM at Krypton Mining
    Guest Speaker: Larissa Gounden - Founding Member of Women in Mining, Arizona Chapter USA

    • 58 min
    Episode 7: Bernard Swanepoel

    Episode 7: Bernard Swanepoel

    In Partnership with Krypton Mining: https://krypton360.com
    As one of the continent’s most knowledgeable leaders in Mining Engineering, Bernard Swanepoel demonstrated, as CEO of Harmony Gold, the ability to manage the delicate balance between cost and optimised productivity through team work.
    With more than 40 years’ experience in the South African mining industry, of which a quarter of a decade was in executive management, Swanepoel was recently appointed an independent non-executive director of construction and engineering group Aveng’s board, and he also serves on the boards of Impala Platinum, Zimplats and Omnia Holdings.
    As a leader, he has passionately strived throughout his career to flatten the corporate hierarchy and remove unnecessary layers of management.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 6: Charl Labuschagne

    Episode 6: Charl Labuschagne

    In Partnership with Krypton Mining: https://krypton360.com
    Becoming a geologist was Charl Labuschagne’s childhood dream.
    Currently the Mineral Resource Manager at Sibanye-Stillwater, the world's third largest producer of gold, Labuschagne achieved his dream 20 years ago already when he started out in the mining industry as Senior Geologist at AngloGold Ashanti.
    Having spent time in the diamond industry on the west coast of Africa too, Labuschagne however found his niche in gold, but, as he warns, local gold operations are currently marginal.
    The sector is faced with various technical, economic, social and operational challenges, as well as challenges unique to the Republic.
    Therefore, he suggests, sustainable mining will be key going forward.

    • 49 min
    Episode 5: Paul Higgins

    Episode 5: Paul Higgins

    In Partnership with Krypton Mining: https://krypton360.com
    Paul Higgins’ ability to see possibilities and make things work has been key in establishing DINGO as an industry-standard in predictive maintenance.
    Originally from Queensland, Australia, Paul completed an MSc in Engineering Management in Missouri, USA, before spending a number of years with Clorox in California, leading maintenance improvement efforts at 34 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
    Returning Down Under in 1994, he joined DINGO Software, where he swiftly introduced an innovative approach to mining maintenance that dramatically increases operational efficiency and saves millions of dollars by proactively caring for equipment.
    As Paul quips, it takes some sort of a genius to believe in the unknown.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 4: Dr Annamare Wolmarans

    Episode 4: Dr Annamare Wolmarans

    In Partnership with Krypton Mining: https://krypton360.com
    Dr Annamare Wolmarans has enjoyed, and, at times, had to endure, a remarkable journey in the mining industry.
    With a PhD Informatics degree, which focuses on Mine Closures, she is currently IT Manager at Exxaro Resources, having started at the company more than 30 years ago - as a stand-in typist!
    Annamare’s career progressed rapidly, because she describes herself as a ‘quick learner’, who is curious, inquisitive and wants to understand processes.
    As an expert in life planning, too, she is passionate about training, to create possibilities for other people, specifically women in mining, and to simply help them achieve something better in life.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 3: Johan du Toit

    Episode 3: Johan du Toit

    In Partnership with Krypton Mining: https://krypton360.com
    Technological development is the most powerful engine of growth in industry today. With more than 30 years' of experience in innovative Information Technology, Johan du Toit, IT Manager at Exxaro Resources, has experienced the radical innovation of IT first hand.
    Throughout his career, Johan has championed IT sourcing initiatives that improve service levels and reduce operating costs year on year.
    Moreover, since safety has become a major concern in the mining industry, it’s relevant to examine ways that technology can be used to create a safer mining environment as well.
    And, the key in a fast-moving environment like mining, according to Johan, is connectivity with flexibility.

    • 46 min

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