Iron ore mining in Africa’s mining sector is massive and is mostly dominated by South Africa, Mauritania and Algeria. Many countries possess iron ore deposits that have yet to be extracted. Today I have for you an interview with Marlon who works in the Iron Ore Mining Sector in Africa. This post reveals some of the industry challenges and provides other valuable must-knows. 

Iron oreMeet Marlon Arendse, a maintenance planner from Africa’s Iron Ore Mining Sector

What industry do you work in?

I work in the Iron Ore Mining (Processing) Sector.

What are your strengths?

My strengths are Planning / Scheduling / Organizing / Coordinating.

What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?

I am motivated by all the opportunities out of my Country (South Africa).

What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?

The fact that I work in an environment where everything is still not in place, waiting for spares take very long.

How do you manage and overcome these challenges?

Putting systems in place and training National employers accordingly is how I deal with such challenges.

What has been the highlight of your career?

My career highlight thus far was when I was promoted from a Maintenance Fitter to –Planner.

If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

Roughly $85 000.00 on a yearly basis.

What can this person expect to after 10 years of experience?

Roughly $140 000.00 on a yearly basis.

What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?

Always try to plan everything ahead that are in your control and always be humble and respectful towards others and nature.

If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?

  • Humble;
  • Hard Working;
  • Disciplined;
  • Considerate;
  • True.

Where in Africa have you worked before?

I have worked in Sierra Leone

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?

Zambia because of the country’s Infrastructure advancement.

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