Chief Executive Officer
Willard M Mbalaka
Willard has acquired over 20 years’ industry experience in leadership and technical expertise in exploration strategy formulation, programme design and planning, including technical risking and ranking, budgeting, investment approvals, developing of programme execution plans, operations plans, exit gates, community management plans, new country entry, technical assessments, mineral resource technical audits and reviews, validation and due diligence; conceptual (scoping), pre- and definitive feasibility studies, management of mineral exploration, resource evaluation, and mineral projects valuation. He has worked on an array of commodities including platinum group metals, nickel, gold (alluvial and hard rock), coal, copper, uranium, limestone for cement, potash, fluorspar, vanadium, iron ore, manganese, tin, tantalite, lithium, dimension stones, and gemstones. This experience spans many geographic jurisdictions including East (Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia), West (Mali, Ghana), Central (DRC, Gabon) and Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland), Asia (Pakistan), Australia and the USA (Colorado). He has worked for major mining companies (Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto), junior mining companies (Sephaku Holdings, Incubex Minerals, Asian Precious Minerals), and government agencies (Council for Geoscience, SA).
He is part of the team that successfully completed a feasibility study for Sephaku (now Dangote) Cement, Sephaku Fluoride and various other smaller projects in South Africa. His latest project was to lead a team to successfully develop a JORC complaint limestone resource and complete a Definitive Feasibility Study for the establishment of a 7200tpd Cement Plant in Punjab Province, Pakistan. The project is now known as Lion Rock Cement Project and the cement plant is being supplied by FL Smidth of Denmark. He was also in charge of FL Smidth’s SWECOs recommended geotechnical soil investigations for the Cement Plant site.
He studied undergraduate and post graduate geology at Universities of Zimbabwe and Witwatersrand (South Africa) and also hold a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree from the UNISA School of Business Leadership in South Africa. He continuously updates his expertise- including knowledge of international trends, developments and new technologies - through conference and workshop attendance and reading relevant journals and publications. Some relevant courses attended include: Technical and Financial Evaluation of Mineral Projects (Imperial College); Competence Person’s Training (BHP Billiton); Financial Valuation of Gold Deposits (UJ, South Africa); Flexi-Cadastre Workshop (South Africa), Coal Exploration in Southern Africa (Fossil Fuel Foundation, South Africa), Geochemical Exploration Techniques (Keystone, Colorado), PGE and Nickel Exploration and Mining in Africa (GSSA-South Africa). He also participated in the USGS Programme on Mineral Inventory and an Assessment of Undiscovered Potash, Platinum Group Elements and Sediment-Hosted Stratabound Copper in Africa. He is proficient in several GIS and Modelling Softwares (ArcGIS, Micromine, and Geosoft-Target) and has a basic understanding of Datamine Studio and Sable Warehouse.
He is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Pr. Sci. Nat: Reg # 115164) with the South African Council for Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and is a Member Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) and an Associate South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)
Ephraim is a professional geologist with 17 years’ experience. Ephraim’s professional career has involved initial conceptualisation, target generation and grass-roots prospecting, through to supervision of drilling programmes, remote sensing, geophysics, geotechnical engineering, project evaluation technical assessments, mineral resource technical audits and reviews, due diligence and participation in feasibility studies searching and mining for gold, iron ore, limestone,gypsum, phosphates, diamonds, coal, platinum, nickel, rare earth elements and manganese working with highly recognised multinational mining and exploration companies.
Ephraim has worked as project manager at Bastillion Resources on the G S Cimentos owned Salamanga limestone (Bella Vista) deposit in Mozambique which he managed from drilling to SAMREC compliant resource, raw mix designs and pre-feasibility studies for cement. He has worked as consultant on numerous projects including Anglo Gold Ashanti DRC Mongbwalu gold project, Oryx Moba gold project in DRC, Newmont Akyem and Subika gold projects in Ghana, Adamus Gold Mining Project Ghana, BHP Billiton IOCG Kitumba deposit in Zambia, Montero Mining Wigu Hills Rare Earth project in Tanzania, Lonmin PGMs project South Africa, Batho Pele Diamonds Lesotho, West Coast Resource Namaqualand Mines RSA, nickel and gold projects RSA, Rani Investments Cahora Bassa coal project in Mozambique and River Ranch Diamond project in Zimbabwe.
Ephraim has also done a number of country reports for PPC in Mozambique, Oryx North Sudan and Vale Zimbabwe. Ephraim has also done a review of lithium pegmatites, clays, and brines and evaporites in Africa. Ephraim started his carrier in Zimbabwe where he worked as Mine Geologist for Zisco Steel owned Buchwa Iron Mining Company. At Buchwa, Ephraim was mainly involved in iron ore, limestone and manganese exploration and mining. He has worked as Exploration Geologist for Caledonia Blanket Gold Mine and Senior Section Geologist at Rio Tinto Renco Gold Mine. Ephraim has also worked on numerous gold projects in the Zimbabwe Archean Craton. Ephraim is registered with SACNASP as a Certificated Natural Scientist Level A (registration number, 200093/12) and a member in good standing of the Geological Society of South Africa.
Associate: Structural Geologist and GPR
Dr Thomas Sithole
Thomas is an accomplished structural geologist with experience working in various geological terrains in Africa, including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Australia, South Africa, Guinea and DRC where he has worked for various mining houses including, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, CAMEC and SAMREC. His over 20 years’ experience exposed to various commodities including gold, base metals, coal, and industrial minerals. He has co-authored various papers in reputable scientific publications. He did his PhD studies on “The tectonic evolution of the Makuti Group, NW Zimbabwe” under the supervision of the world-renowned structural geologists, Professors C.W. Passchier of Mainz University in Germany and Paul HGM Dirks of James Cooke University in Australia.His involvement in the Delta Gold-funded project on the structural controls on the gold mineralization around Morven Mine, Bubi district produced an excellent and award winning Honours thesis. He has worked as a part-time structural geology lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and did consultancy work on various gold projects in Zimbabwe’s greenstone belts. Thomas has co-authored 5 academic research papers published in leading geoscientific journals and presented at various international conferences.
Dr Sithole has acquired additional expertise in ultra-GPR and has used it on several projects in Africa mapping out gold shear veins, coal seams, limestone beds, kimberlite pipes and alluvial gravel layers.
David is a geologist who has over 17 years’ experience in exploration, mining geology and research. David has worked extensively in gold, base metals (copper, cobalt, manganese, iron), coal, phosphate, coltan/tantalite and Rare Earth Elements (REE) exploration in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ivory Coast and DRC. He has also worked on a number of research projects in a wide variety of minerals at the Council for Geoscience, Pretoria and Zimbabwe Geological Survey in Harare His expertise include: exploration project management, due diligence reviews, Competence Person reviews and reporting (SAMREC, JORC and NI 43-101), and feasibility studies.
As a Senior Geological Consultant he has consulted for mining and exploration companies such as Anglo Gold Ashanti, Clear Phos, Universal coal and Montero Mining and Exploration. He also advised several junior mining companies in Africa.
David holds a BSc and MSc in Geology from the Universities of Zimbabwe and Fort Hare, respectively. David also holds a GDE in Mineral Resource Evaluation with the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a registered professional with the South African Council for Natural Scientist Professions (SACNASP) as a Professional Natural Scientist (Pri. Sci. Nat.).
Associate: Resource Modelling Geologist
A seasoned senior geologist and mineral resource management professional with more than 22 years of consistent involvement in brown fields and Greenfields exploration, operational geology, project management and mineral resource management within different geological settings (Bushveld, Great Dyke, Greenstone Belts and Zambian Copper belt, Namibian Zn-Pb-Cu VMS deposits). Before becoming an Independent Geological Consultant in 2018, Samson worked for various business units at Anglo American Plc, Vedanta Zinc International and MSA Group within Southern Africa. He has extensive experience within different geological settings and mineral commodities (PGE, Chrome, Nickel, Copper, Gold, and Zn-Pb-Cu VMS ). Samson’s experience includes green fields and brownfields exploration of gold, base metals, and PGM, including regional generative programs for the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex and the Achaean Greenstone Belts in Zimbabwe. He started his career working as a mine geologist within the Achaean greenstone belt Ni-Cu deposits. In 2001, Samson was seconded to Konkola Copper Mine by Anglo American where he was involved in a structural geology and geotechnical mapping project for both Konkola’s 1 and 3 Shafts as part of the inputs into the mine design of the Konkola Deeps project.
During his 21 year career, Samson had the opportunity of leading and providing key geological inputs (geological and resource models, and technical evaluation) into major world class mining projects including the development of the Unki Platinum Mine on the Zimbabwe Great Dyke and a number of projects on the Bushveld Igneous Complex (Bokoni, Twickenham, Mogalakwena Northern Limb, Der Brochen and Amandelbult Platinum Mines). In addition, Samson has strong operational geology and mineral resource management experience in tabular and massive orebodies and he has been involved in the designing and implementation of grade control and mine value chain ore reconciliation systems for underground and open pit mines. In addition, Samson played a leading role in the success of the electronic plans systems entrenchment projects at Anglo American which ensured that the use of the digital plan systems are were embedded within the mine technical services disciplines. The project succeeded in the development of a 3D spatial environment with the integration of disparate datasets (paper plans and different application systems such as Arc GIS, CAD, Sable, Datamine, etc.
Samson held various positions within geosciences and exploration at Anglo American subsidiaries culminating in his appointment as Anglo Platinum’s Group Senior Manager: Geosciences and Exploration in 2015 responsible for the Group’s operational geology, brown and green fields’ exploration, and mineral resource management functions. As Anglo Platinum’s lead in geosciences and exploration, Samson oversaw the Group’s overall geosciences discipline health and he managed major near-mine and green fields exploration programmes including a 30km extension of the PGM-Ni-Cu bearing Platreef orebody at its world class Mogalakwena open pit mine and other major exploration programmes at Amandelbult mines, the Great Dyke and a number of green fields exploration projects. The success of all these exploration programmes was achieved through the integration of a large amount disparate geological datasets ranging from regional remote sensing, regional geophysical surveys, regional soil geochemistry, exploration drilling and mine geology resulting in effective target generation and the design of appropriate exploration follow-up work.
Samson was a Chief Geologist for 8 years at some of Anglo Platinum’s large scale mining operations including Amandelbult mine where he was responsible for mining geology and target generation and near-mine exploration for a mine lease area in excess 100km2. He worked extensively with a large amount of different geological datasets ranging from regional remote sensing, regional geophysical surveys, regional soil geochemistry, exploration drilling and mine geology. Using GIS, common database platforms and geological modelling software, Samson has extensive experience in the construction regional and lease wide 2D and 3D geological structure and resource models within multi-layered geological successions.
Felihle is a qualified as a chemical engineer (UCT & WITS), practiced as a metallurgist in both metallurgical plant operations and metallurgical plant design, erection, construction and commissioning fields. held various positions within metallurgy in both fields including the appointments as head of metallurgy; alternate director and a manager of a full mining project with a mine to market responsibility.
Felihle is an associate of Kweneng through his company, MineWorks Metallurgy that specialises in: Metallurgy, process plant design and engineering, project management, process plant construction and commissioning, plant operation and management mining and metallurgical enterprise optimisation. He pioneered the "floating projects office" model to provide multi-disciplinary engineering solutions; technical support and project management services to existing mines. Key services include conceptual studies, prefeasibility studies, feasibility studies and full EPCM of brownfield projects.
He was previously General manage at Sepfluor’s Nokeng Fluorspar Mine for over 4 years after joining from K’Enyuka (RSV linked enterprise) where he was Head of Process Engineering and Lead Process Design Engineer for over 5 years. Prior to joining K’Enyuka, Felihle worked at Bateman Mineral Recovery (Apic Toll Treatment) as Process Engineer for two years. He had previously worked for De Beers as the Process Engineer for 3 years after joining from AngloGold Ashanti where he had started his career as Metallurgical Engineer and worked for 4 years.
Felihle is a graduate of the University of Cape Town where he obtained a BSc (Chemical Engineering) specialising in Petrochemical and Mineral Processing. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Engineering from Wits and a MBL from University of South Africa’s School of Business Leadership. He is registered with Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Engineer.
Mr Daniel Kazangarare
Daniel is a high performance, visionary and experienced Project Manager, Consultant and Professional Mining Engineer with over 22 years’ experience in Limestone, Coal (Underground and Open Pit), Gold (Underground), Diamonds (Alluvial), Nickel, Platinum and Manganese mining. His principal areas of expertise are Open Pit Mine Planning, Optimisation and Design Studies, Reserve Evaluations, Production Schedule, Mine Equipment and Economic Evaluation management/project management, engineering management (mining, environment and civil/municipal), occupational health and safety, research & development and corporate services. Other fields of involvement include senior management, projects, construction, operational research, and total quality improvement. He is currently active as a Technical Mining Consultant and Training Coordinator.
He is also experienced in managing large multi-disciplinary teams within complex environments to execute strategic programs, design operational models and reduce costs. Vast experience in extracting efficiencies inside stale business processes with deep skills in mine planning, occupational health and safety and operational problem solving. He has a demonstrated ability in aligning mining strategies with corporate goals. Respected as a dependable partner to executive members and able to take incisive decisions that produce bottom-line impact.
Pedzisai Desmond Mhlanga
Desmond is an accomplished and experienced geophysicist who has over 21 years’ experience in mineral exploration and ground water investigations. He has been involved in the mineral resource sector from early stage or grassroots programs until after evaluation stages through implementation of the proper and cost effective geophysical methods and resource modelling. He has worked for many major and junior companies in various capacities as field geophysicist, project geophysicist, regional geophysicist Africa and Consultant geophysicist. He has worked on various projects in Africa, Western Australia and South America.
He holds Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Physics from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe and the MSc in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Zimbabwe. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management from University of Cape Town. He has attended various short courses in Airborne Magnetics and Electromagnetics, Geochemistry and Remote Sensing, Geophysical Ground Water Survey and Modelling using Encom Model Vision Software.
He is proficient and an expert in various geological softwares such as Geosoft Oasis Montaj , Q-Potent, Target, ER Mapper, ESRI ArcGIS, Model Vision and Profile analyst and Modeling software.
Environmentalist and Biodiversity Expert
Gabriel T Ngorima
Gabriel Ngorima is a sustainability expert and an Environmental specialist based in Johannesburg. Gabriel holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences (Resource Conservation Biology) from Wits University. Gabriel also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences honours degree. He previously worked as an Environmental Manager for Majuba Rail Project and Senior Advisor for SHE Management Department within Eskom Group. As a Senior Advisor he provided SHE management services to Medupi Power Station, Kusile Power Station and Eskom Properties (now Eskom Real Estate).
He previously worked as an Environmental Projects Manager for Bembani Sustainability Training and Strategic Environmental Focus which are both Environmental Consulting firms based in Gauteng Province of South Africa. At SEF, Gabriel was responsible for managing a wide variety of sustainability, waste management and environmental management projects within the energy, waste management, WWTW, housing development and construction sectors of South Africa. At Bembani, he worked for various projects in the mining and prospecting field and provided services to companies such as Anglo American, and Eskom.
Gabriel is registered as an Environmental Scientist and Ecologist with SACNASP. His key skills are environmental management, ecological assessment, biodiversity specialist, botanist, waste management, environmental law, safety & risk management, interpretation and enforcement of environmental and safety Legislation, SHE Audits and inspections in terms of ISO 9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 standards.