Implats is excited to announce that Impala Rustenburg has appointed its first ever female Mine Manager – Nonkululeko Thandiwe Mabuza. Mark Munroe, chief executive of the Impala Rustenburg operations said: “With hard work and determination she has broken a glass ceiling and we are all truly proud. I have had the pleasure of working with Nonku and can testify to her admirable tenacity and perseverance.”
Nonkululeko was awarded an Impala bursary in 2005 to study towards Mining Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand and she conducted her vacation work at Impala Platinum. She obtained her Honours degree in 2009. In 2010 Nonkululeko was offered employment at Implats – at the Impala Rustenburg operations – as a Mining Engineer in Training Graduate (C5) and was promoted to Mining Engineer in Training Graduate (D1) in September 2014. She was placed in the practical training programme for Graduate Mining Officials, which also included exposure to the technical services departments.
Nonkululeko obtained her National Rock Breakers certificate in 2012 and was then appointed as a Miner. In 2013 she shadowed as a Shift Supervisor and in 2014 was appointed as an Acting Shift Supervisor. She also obtained her Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (Metalliferous Mines).
“You have proved to us all that if we do what we are doing to the absolute best of our ability, work hard, enhance our exposure and push to break new grounds, we can truly reach anything we want to,” said Munroe.