Mintek announces appointments and promotion of senior managers

Mintek is increasing its operational capacity, under a newly aligned organisational structure that aims to reposition it as a research and technology organisation and industry-focused research institution with the recent appointment of senior management.

The vacancies were filled in May with the appointment of Dr Pumza Zweni as Manager: Operations, Advocate Selaelo Matsane, as the Head of Legal and Company Secretary and Ms Nokulunga Makhaye as Head of Human Resources Business Partner. Besides these appointments, it promoted Sydney Mantsho who was the Head of Process Control to Executive Manager: Measurement and Control Division

Dr Zweni holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, she joins Mintek following a successful career as the CSIR Group Manager: Operations. In her new role, she will drive and deliver on key transformation initiatives articulated by the Mintek 2030 Strategy.

Adv Matsane has served as Company Secretary in many other State-Owned Entities such as the Estate Agency Affairs Board, Agriseta, NHBRC, South African Weather Services, and Sentech SOC until her recent appointment at Mintek as the Company Secretary and Head: Legal Services.  She will contribute to and enhance practice in good corporate governance and the mitigation of legal risks against Mintek.

Nokulunga Makhaye brings years of progressive human resources experience in strategic leadership and in driving strategic initiatives through implementing HR operations. She takes over the role at a crucial time where Mintek is embarking on implementing a new organisational structure.

Sydney Mantsho is a former Mintek bursar who started as an Engineer-in-Training in 2006 and grew through the ranks to the current role. He holds an M.Eng degree in Extractive Metallurgy from Wits University. He has spent two years on secondment to the MAC Australia Satellite Office and returned to South Africa as a Head: Advanced Process Control in 2012.  As the Manager, he is responsible for guiding and managing the division’s strategy development and execution, financial sustainability, research and development, marketing and commercialisation.