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Our Team

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We believe in strong, diverse and focused teams, led by experienced and qualified mining engineers. Each team is structured to allow each individual to bring his experience to the tested Ukwazi planning processes. This way, we ensure that the solution that we apply at each mine is uniquely focused on its requirements. The disciplines of mine planning and mining engineering add significant value when a small but diverse team applies a proven and outcome-driven planning process from inception through to execution.

Our teams are structured based on mining method, commodity and practical experience to ensure that the plan is delivered by competent specialists with appropriate experience in project management, mining engineering, mine planning and mine planning tools. We have a flat management and control structure based on focused and dedicated teams.

Jaco Lotheringen Director
Jaco Lotheringen
Principal mining engineer: Jaco Lotheringen

Jaco is a professional mining engineer, having started his mining career in 1998 as a graduate mining engineer in the coal and iron ore mines of Iscor (now Anglo American Iron Ore, Exxaro and ArcelorMittal). He began in mining production as a miner and shift overseer, then project leader for the development of a new production shaft. Since 2002, he has focused on the mining engineering consulting industry, and has been involved in a number of projects related to iron ore, coal, mineral sands, copper, cobalt, manganese, gold, PGMs and chrome. Jaco is a qualified and competent person, as defined by international reporting codes and guidelines, for a wide range of open pits and collieries and is responsible for the coal, open pit and specialist study divisions at Ukwazi. He is a member of the South African institute of Mining and Metallurgy (701237) and is a registered mining engineer with ECSA (20030022).

Hugo Tukker Director
Hugo Tukker
Principal mining engineer: Hugo Tukker

Hugo’s career began at Cullinan Diamond Mine (then owned by De Beers), where he applied his qualification as graduate mining engineer to the positions of miner, shift overseer, mine overseer, section mine engineer and longhole drill and blast engineer. Hugo was involved in the Finsch Diamond Mine Block 4 project on the undercutting strategy, ring design and training supervisory personnel. Hugo is a qualified and competent person, as defined by international reporting codes and guidelines for underground studies and projects, and is responsible for the underground massive mining and narrow tabular divisions at Ukwazi. He is a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) (701410) and is registered as a Professional Mining Engineer at ECSA (20090127).

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