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About me

About me

Let my work do the talking

Recognized for turning around bottle-necked, sub-optimal processes to achieve sustained growth beyond design capacity

My Skills

What helps people, helps business – Leo Burnett

Extractive Metallurgy
Plant Maintenance
Process Improvement
Chemical Engineering

Work History

Sept 2022 - Current
Self Employed, Durban, ZA
BLD Improvement Engineering

Process design, development & engineering

  • Novel Rare Earth extraction methods
  • Hydrogen gas industrial uses & cost analysis
Oct 2017 – Aug 2022
Tronox KZN Sands, Durban, ZA
Senior Process Improvement Engineer

Process engineering lead – Fair breeze mine expansion project

  • PFD, PID, Process design criteria review & preparation
  • Brownfields process integration
  • Mine plan optimization to maximize throughput
  • Application of theory of constraints / de-bottlenecking
  • Capital process value-engineering


Oct 2015 – Sept 2017
Tronox Pigments Holland B.V., Rotterdam, NL
Operational Improvement Analyst
  • Organized information by studying, analysing, interpreting and classifying data to develop dashboards, KPI monitoring tools management progress reports.
  • Led multi-disciplinary, continuous quality improvement program to improve manufacturing cost performance and innovation project pipeline.
April 2012 – Aug 2015
Tronox KZN Sands, Empangeni, ZA
Mine Environmental Rehabilitation Superintendent
  • Laid the foundations for a highly successful R50Million, multi-year mine rehabilitation project ultimately aiming to become the first mine to achieve full mine closure from the governmental authorities.
  • Demonstrated flexibility working with internal team members to remedy personnel or technical issues and pre-emptively coming up with solutions.
Oct 2008 – May 2012
Exxaro KZN Sands, Richards Bay, KZN
Senior Process Metallurgist
  • Saved $1M per annum by researching and implementing a final product sampling and bulk bagging project cost-saving initiative and creating fresh new approaches to long-standing problems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of company's mission, purpose, goals, and ability to help employees successfully achieve them..
May 2001 – Oct 2008
Anglo-American Namakwa Sands Mining & Processing Operations, Saldanha & Vredendal, ZA
Business Improvement Manager / Furnace production manager / Metallurgist
  • Worked with site leads to resolve product and service quality problems in line with the ISO9001 process & improve operations and provide exceptional customer service.
  • Resolved complaints and issues involving both external and internal quality complaints.
May 1996 – May 2001
AngloGold operations, Vaal River operations, ZA
Professional in Training – Metallurgy
  • Metallurgical accounting
  • Resin-in-Pulp and reclamation milling projects
  • Gold leaching technology investigations
May 1996 – May 2001
Anglocoal operations, Kleinkoppie, ZA
Professional in Training – Metallurgy
  • Commissioning of a coal fines flotation collumn
  • Optimization of frother/Collector reagent suites.


Bachelor of Science: Chemical Engineering

University of Cape Town – Cape Town, South Africa

1995-02 – 2000-09

Post-Graduate Management Development Program

University of Stellenbosch School of Business – Cape Town, South Africa

2005-02 – 2005-09

AICHE Online Short Course: HAZOP studies

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

2006-03 – 2006-03

Short Course: Energy Management

Certified Energy Management – Potchefstroom

2006-03 – 2006-03

Short Course: Sampling & Sampling Statistics

University of Witwatersrand – Johannesburg, South Africa

2009-05 – 2009-05

Online Short Course: Data Analysis

University of Cape Town – Cape Town, South Africa

2019-02 – 2019-06

Introduction to Scripting in Python

Rice University


Micro course series – Residue/Tailings management

University of Western Australia

2021-08 – Present

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