Discover the career of a Mine Overseer with working experience in Mali
I work in the mining environment on the Production side, Drilling and Blasting.
What are your strengths?
My strengths are my people skills. I can work with all sorts of people and that is one of the most important factors for me. Because people must want to work for you, then you get maximum out of your workers. I respect people and people respect me. I also give my all to the company I work for. I live to see my company a success and I give my part in to ensuring that happens.
What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?
The thing that inspired me is that my Father is also in the mining industry. Ever since I was little I wanted to do what my dad did. I wanted to be among the MEN who took out precious metals. And I fell in love with mining then.
What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?
I think the most challenging aspect is to ensure all goes as you planned it. And to get all workers to feel the same about a project and see it in the same way that you do, in order to give their best to ensure it is a success.
How do you manage and overcome these challenges?
I do proper short and long term planning and ensure my team mates understand it. I measure it on a daily basis. Have a Recon session once a week with all workers to let them know exactly what is going on. If there are things we need to put in place then I get right on it, to ensure that what was planned gets achieved. And in order to get workers giving their 100 % for me and our planning, I use my excellent people skills.
What has been the highlight of your career?
I was at a very young age in the mine. I was only 18 Years old and had a Blasting Ticket (International) and was appointed a Production Miner. Things went good and again at the age of 20 I was the youngest member ever to obtain a Mine Rescue Certificate and became part of the Mine Rescue (Proto) Team. That was something and something to be proud off. Lots of people didn’t like it, ha ha but that’s jealousy I suppose. I went on and became a Production Shift Boss at the age of 22, the youngest one ever appointed for Shaft Sinkers at the time. At the age of 25 I had my Mine Overseer Ticket and went on to become one at the age of 26. All this was achieved because people believed in me and I know how to let people want to work for me. I am the best at my age and in what I do.
If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?
Well not less than R35 000 – R40 000 after all deductions I would say.
What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?
Well depending on where you work I would say not less than R45 000.
What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?
Never let people get you down in not believing in you. Give it your all from the word go, the world is your playground. Use it, use the chance you have and be the best at what you do. But most of all remember this “quitters never win and winners NEVER QUITE.”
If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?
Young, Willing, Strong, Smart and Funny.
Where in Africa have you worked before?
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?
I would work in any of them. It doesn’t matter. To answer your Question I think Sierra Leone, Angola, and Botswana.
CA Global is a big believer in Africa, why do YOU believe in Africa?
I believe in Africa because the future of mining is there. I love mining, and I love Namibia. New challenges new Mines, New Records waiting to be broken.