The Management Team

Jac Grobler
Jac GroblerManaging Director : TechnicalJac.Grobler@LightDeepEarth.com
BEng (Met), BEng (Hons), BEng (MSc) Pr.Eng

16 years mineral processing experience, various process separation model development, process engineer training, various desktop studies, pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility studies, process technology, geometallurgy, plant design and operation, presentations at various international conferences, peer-reviewed journal articles.

Ugen Govender
Ugen GovenderManaging Director : OperationsUgen.Govender@LightDeepEarth.com
BTech (Operations) - current BCom (Ops)

19 years operational management experience, worked 7 years at KZN Sands (Ticor), 4 years as smelter head. 10 years as Head of Operations for Exxaro R&D

Work Force


Thomas Mnisi
Thomas MnisiOperations Coordinator
Current BCom (Ops)

22 years operational and management experience, 7 years of which he worked at KZN Sands (Ticor) smelter as a Senior Metallurgical Assistant at the furnaces and water treatment plant.

Jan Sesane
Jan SesaneTechnician (level 2)
Btech (Metallurgy), FLMP

More than 6 years of mineral processing testwork experience, physical beneficiation, large sample processing campaigns, testwork procedure development, equipment calibrations

Nadia Snyman
Nadia SnymanMetallurgical Engineer
BEng (Metallurgy)

2 years experience in physical metallurgy, manufacturing engineering, process development and quality control. 3 years experience in minerals processing and research and development

Wynand Meintjes
Wynand MeintjesHead Electrical / Mechanical
N5 (Management Diploma)

More than 30 years experience in various construction projects, technology development, pilot plant testing, mineral processing equipment maintenance, pilot plant construction and transportation logistics

McDonald Tsebe
McDonald TsebeTechnician (level 1)
Btech Metallurgy

More than 4 years of mineral processing testwork experience, various on-site campaigns, spirals, slimes, geodomain, on-site lab management and operation

Annabe Walliser
Annabe WalliserMinerologist
Btech (Geology)

9 years of mineral characterisation experience, SIP file development and refinement, expert on various analytical techniques. Prior, 12 years microprobe analyst.

Thapelo Nkatlo
Thapelo NkatloTechnician (Level 1)
Btech (Metallurgy)

More than 4 years of mineral processing testwork experience, various on-site campaigns, spirals, slimes, geodomain, on-site lab management and operation

Marc McCallum
Marc McCallumTechnician

4 Years analytical Experience on various XRF instruments calibrations & sampling techniques. 1 year electron microscopy & image analysis 5 Years Petrography Experience

Melissa Gerber
Melissa GerberSenior Process Engineer
BEng (Metallurgy)

10 years mineral processing experience, in depth clay behaviour and process implications. Liberation technologies, flowsheet design and mass balancing, equipment sizing, presentations at various international conferences.

Flip Pretorius
Flip PretoriusMillwright

Over 23 years of experience at mining operations on both Electrical and Mechanical Projects (Iscor / Kumba / Exxaro) Over 10 years of experience as mechanical and electrical artisan in a Research and Development facility.