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Dr. Thibedi Ramontja

Personal information

Name : Thibedi Ramontja

Nationality : South African

Marital Status : Married

Educational Details

1. PhD
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2. MSc (Eng)
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
3. BSc (Hons : Geology)
University of the North (Now University of Limpopo), Polokwane
4. BSc (Geology and Soil Science)
University of the North (Now University of Limpopo), Polokwane
5. Certificate in Geology
Madikoti College, Polokwane
6. Executive Development Program
Gordon Business Leadership School University of Pretoria



Advanced Business Communication
Report Writing Techniques
Computer Literacy
Thinking Skills
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
First Aid (St John College)
Safety Management
Strategic Management
Labour Law


1. Council for Geoscience (CGS)

a) Position: Chief Executive Officer (2003- till 13 October 2011)

Selected Key Responsibilities:
• Providing leadership and managing activities of the CGS in various disciplines and projects: Some of the key projects are listed below:

o Undertaking geoscientific research in South Africa and abroad
o Undertaking geoscientific research projects for several South African Sate organs (e.g. Government Departments, Disaster Management Center, Eskom, Navy and Ports Authorities)

o Providing consulting services in respect of strategy and institutional reviews for geoscience institutions in other African countries

o Developing environmental strategies for mining pollution in South Africa (e.g. Regional Mining Closure Strategies, Strategy to address Polluted Mine Water in the Gold Mines of South Africa)

o Assessing Mineral Resources of South Africa and of other countries in respect of selected minerals

• Selected countries and regions where the CGS is/was involved

South Africa, Algeria, Ghana, Mauritania, Morocco, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Malawi, Angola, Lesotho, Argentina, China, Japan and Middle East.

Projects still under negotiations are in Niger, Cuba, Angola, Venezuela and Algeria.

b) Position: Deputy Chief Executive Officer at (2002-2003)

Selected Key Responsibilities

• Restructuring of the CGS and ensuring that the organization focuses on mining and environmental issues and projects.

2. Department of Minerals and Energy (South Africa): 1997-2002

a) Positions: Chief Director- Mineral Promotion and Director Mineral Economics

Selected Key Responsibilities
• Undertaking mining and mineral economics studies in South Africa and other countries. This includes mineral intelligence studies – trends and usages were assessed.

• Involved in the formulation and drafting of new mining policies and legislations.

• Part of the meeting that negotiated the current South Africa’s mining laws with the Chamber of Mines.

b) Seconded to the Gold Crisis Committee: Head: Gold Crisis Committee (GCC) Secretariat

Seconded to the Gold Crisis Committee (GCC) to be the Leader of the GCC Secretariat. The GCC was a committee, established to deal with the impact of low prices. The committee comprised the following members:

• Ministers of Labour, Minerals and Energy, Trade and Industry and Public Works.

• President of Chamber of Mines, CEO of Chamber of Mines and Executive manager.

• President of National Union of Mineworkers, General Secretary and Executive staff

Selected Key Responsibilities

• Managing and providing leadership for the activities of the Gold Crisis Committee.

• Mediating between mine employees and managers/employers in respect of downscaling and retrenchments in South Africa’s gold mining industry.

• Provide advice to the Gold Crisis Committee in respect of actions to be taken to address the depressed gold prices, declining gold reserves and associated job losses

c) Director: Mineral Economics.

Selected Key Responsibilities

• Undertaking mineral economics studies in South Africa and other countries. This includes mineral intelligence studies – trends and usages were assessed.

• Involved in the formulation and drafting of new mining policies (White Paper).

3. Gold Fields South Africa (1986 – 1996)

Positions: Exploration Geologist, Mine Geologist and Senior Mine Geologist

Selected Key Responsibilities

• Leading and managing an gold exploration program - Archaean Greenstone Belt Gold Exploration - Barberton Area (Mpumalanga). The program involved:

o Geological mapping

o Geochemical mapping

o Trenching and identifying drilling sites

• Involved in both mine research projects and daily activities of mining geology (ore body modeling and predicting pay shoots).

4. RS Geoservices (PTY) LTD (1996-1997) Earth Science Consultants

Position: Director

Selected Key Responsibilities

• Developing Strategy for the company.

• Developing new business and identifying new projects in the fields of
geological investigations, geohydrological and environmental consultancy.

5. Southern Sphere Mining and Development (SSMD)

a) Position: Geologist (1985-1986)

Selected Key Responsibilities
• Involved in gold exploration program at Eersteling Gold Mine in Polokwane Greenstone Belt. Functions involved surface mapping and identifying the extension of the mineralization.
• Mine Geologist at Eersteling Gold Mine. Functions involved in ore modeling.

b) Position: Geological and Geophysical Technician (1980)

Selected Key Responsibilities

• Involved in various geophysical, geochemical programs in respect of gold exploration, fluorspar, coal and diamonds.
• Managing drilling operations at fluorspar project.

6. Other Professional Responsibilities

• Chairperson of Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) – Present
• Chairperson of the PASA’s Board Technical Committee – Present
• Member of the Board’s Governance Committee for Central Energy Fund – Past
• Chairman of Pan African Mineral Development Company – Present
• Trustee of Fossil Fuel Foundation (A non profit organization which aims at promoting the sustainable utilization of coal) – Present
• Co-President of the Local organizing Committee for 2016 International Geological Congress – Present
• President of the Organisation of African Geological Surveys – (2007-May 2010) – Currently the Secretary of the organisation
• Board Member of Mintek (Mineral Processing Institution) – Past
• Member of the Advisory Committee of the CSIR-Miningtek – Past
• Council member of the Geological Society of South Africa – Past
• Director of Alexkor Diamond Mine (PTY) Ltd – Past
• Chairperson of Small-Scale Mining Committee – Past


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