Mining and Metals Professional
What industry do you work in and what exactly are your skills?
I work in the field of mining and my skills are drilling and blasting, management, mine supervision, report writing and exploration skills.
What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?
I believe that this is the right place where I can explore my knowledge and skills.
What qualifications and experience did you have to gain In order to establish yourself and therefore become a professional within your industry?
I have obtained a bachelor degree qualification in mining and additionally have 3 years’ experience.
What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?
Mining underground in water mines is certainly challenging and poses many dangers. The fear of mine failure is also challenging.
How do you manage and overcome these challenges?
With underground water mines, I need to be strict in pumping the water out in order to avoid flooding, as this can lead to death. In case there is a mine failure one needs to be clued up on escape routers and other safety precautions. Surveys need to be completed in order to detect the movement of the wall.
What has been the highlight of your career?
My career highlight is that I am doing what I love and what I am good at; working as a mine engineer which enables people/companies to exploit minerals in an economical manner.
If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?
An estimate of 2,500 USD per month.
What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?
Approximately USD 12,000 per month minimum.
Who is your role model and why?
My role model is Hassan Mogaeka, this is an African mine engineer working in Australia and the one who showed me how train as an engineer and he also exposed me to practical work at Tulawaka Gold Mine and hence gave positive outputs.
What motivates you to work this hard?
Working hard is one of my strengths and I believe if I work hard I will reach the place where I want to. The fact that I am a professional engineer is motivating enough.
What is your outlook within your industry over the next 5 years?
I believe for the next 5 years the industry will expand and will need more professionals for this field.
As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?
CONGO because I believe this country is filled with rich minerals (although many African countries are rich in minerals).