Cousins Fraser and Fred Alexander formed Fraser Alexander in 1912, as a tailings deposition service to the Witwatersrand’s emerging gold mining industry. Even then, our innovative nature was obvious, as we were the first to use cocopans to remove tailings from processing plants. Soon we were managing 70% of the dumps in the region.
Over the following century, we raised the practice of residue and tailings management to a science, delivering best-practice solutions to locations across Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. In this time, we also expanded our service offering and in 2006, we were acquired by Royal Bafokeng Holdings, the investment arm of the Royal Bafokeng Nation.
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If equipment and resources are the body of Fraser Alexander, our people are our blood. Together, we create value for our shareholders, deliver excellence to our clients, and continuously realise our growth strategy.
Our philosophy is built on four interconnecting factors: Trusted partnerships. Specialisation. Collaboration. Sustainability.
Fraser Alexander’s integrity is anchored in our heritage and woven into the fabric of who we are. Our values are what make us the innovative, ethical and trustworthy organisation that stands firm today.
There’s no doubt that Fraser Alexander is an organisation like no other. Here are the five reasons why.
National Diploma Metalliferous Mining –Technikon Wits; National Higher Diploma Metalliferous Mining –Technikon Wits; B-Tech Degree Mining Engineering – UJ; Mine Managers Certificate of Competency
Velile Nhlapo has vast knowledge and over 18 years’ experience in platinum and gold mining. He began his career at Gold Fields Limited, where he reached the level of Mine Overseer and Unit Manager before joining Anglo Platinum Limited as a section manager. He also served as Executive for Business Development at Pretoria Portland Cement Limited. Before joining Fraser Alexander, he was the CEO of MOGS Mining Services(which is 100% owned by Royal Bafokeng Holdings). Before this, he served as the General Manager of Styldrift at Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited after joining RBPlat in January 2012. Velile is also a non-executive director of RBPlats, MOGS, M-Tech and the FA-subsidiary companies in other countries.
BCom (Hons) – University of Johannesburg, Chartered Accountant (SA); BTech Mechanical Engineering – University of Johannesburg
Brian Harvey completed his articles as a chartered accountant at Ernst and Young and in 2014 he was appointed Finance Director of Royal BafokengHoldings. He has extensive experience in various roles, including that of Financial Director of Lake International Technologies (a division of AECI) and Senior Operations Finance Manager for Atlatsa Resources and Anglo American.
Bachelor of Arts – Wits; Bachelor of Laws – RAU; Business Leadership – Manchester Business School
Rosalie is currently the Managing Director for Marumofase Forensics, a risk management, forensic investigation, labour support and consulting business. Marumofase provides her range of services across the public, private and public sectors. She also chairs SJSM Energy Investments and serves as a member of the finance board of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, where she is the designated Deputy Provincial Registrar.
BSc (Hons) Geology – Wits
Keith Scott is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning the mining value chain from exploration and evaluation, to feasibility and production. Keith is a mineral exploration and evaluation specialist with extensive experience across Africa and the globe on multi-disciplinary minerals projects. This experience includes tenure and permitting, geology, mineral resources and reserves, mining, processing, infrastructure, risk and financial analysis and environmental social governance.
BSc (Eng), MSc (Eng), MBA
John Wates is an independent geotechnical and tailings consultant. He has in excess of 40 years of experience in design and operational management in tailings, waste management and geotechnics. He has specialised in paste and thickened tailings and has authored peer reviewed and conference papers on his field of expertise. John is currently involved in senior review of tailings projects and serves on a number of independent tailings review boards.
BAccSc (Hons), University of Witwatersrand; Chartered Accountant (SA)
Nakedi was appointed Finance Director at Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) on 01 July 2016. She joined RBH in July 2012 and grew into her current role after serving as a group finance manager at RBH. Prior to joining RBH she was an assistant manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Over 30 years’ experience in finance operations, over 17 in a senior managerial and executive role.Completed several executive development programmes and a mini MBA. As a registered CA(SA), a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1989, completing his articles with Deloitte.
Served as Divisional Financial Director with Tailings for 14 years and was pivotal in setting up the Division’s expansion into Africa and Australia incorporating offshore companies, systems, treasury and commercial processes, developing strong teams and creating and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
Prior to Fraser Alexander Greg served 14 years with Stocks & Stocks, a listed construction and property company, in various positions such as Group Treasurer, Financial Director (Housing), Group Accountant (head office Pretoria) and Branch Accountant (Durban).
BA Honours in HRD Management
Mabore Sithole has 18 years' experience in human resources and talent management. She joined Fraser Alexander as Group Human Resources Director in 2013. Prior to this, she filled the roles of Human Resources Director at Otis Southern Africa and Senior Manager of HR Operations at Sasol Mining.
Dip Luris, BProa
Xoliswa Mpongoshe-Makasi has a legal background with over 20 years work experience. She joined Fraser Alexander on 09 January 2017 as the Legal & Company Secretariat. Xoliswa has worked in various roles including in-house General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Company Secretariat and for various sectors such as public and private sectors, voluntary associations as well as listed and unlisted entities both locally and internationally. Her career has taken her to many countries across the globe, including Ghana, Mauritius, Tunisia, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Russia, Netherlands, USA, France and the United Kingdom.
Pr.Eng, B.Eng (Civil), MSAICE
Lourens de Koning is a professional Civil/Geotechnical Engineer with 15 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, Project Management, Leadership and Senior Management roles in the mining services industry. He joined Fraser Alexander as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) on 09 January 2017. His extensive experience includes managing turn-key projects, collaborative project solutions as well as providing technical support to mining divisions. He has previously developed and successfully implemented a mining services vision and strategy with continuous monitoring and adjustments in line with the latest market trends.
Richard studied Civil Engineering at Manchester University and graduated in 1980 with aBSc Honours Degree. After graduation, he joined Basil Read (Pty) Ltd as a graduate Engineer and worked on various Roads and Earthworks Projects around the Country, for the next 14 years, rising through the Site Management to Contract Manager.
In 1986 he was accepted as Professional Engineer.
He joined Fraser Alexander in 1994 as a Contracts Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling Division, later to become BulkMech, eventually becoming Operations Director for the Division.
In 2006 he started the Mineral Processing Division, initially as part of BulkMech and then taking it to a stand alone Division as it grew, becoming the Managing Director and then Executive Head, also becoming a member of the FA Group EXCO.
He is a member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers, The Engineering Council of South Africa, the Institute of Directors and the South African Coal Processing Society.
B Soc Sc, Diploma in Human Resource Management and Training, BA Hons
Claire McMaster joined the Fraser Alexander Exco Team on the 1st of September 2018 in the role of Executive Head: Human Resources. She holds a - B Soc Sc degree (1995) from Rhodes University, a Diploma in Human Resource Management and Training (1998) and a BA Hons degree in Industrial Psychology - (2003) UNISA.
Claire has over 20 years Human Resource Management experience, gained firstly, in her role as Managing Consultant of a specialist mining placement company, followed by many years as the Group HRM for The MSA Group. In addition to general human resource management, a key focus of Claire’s career has been the development of effective and innovative systems, that enable the recruitment and professional growth of technical people, who meet the challenges of the modern mining industry. Claire was also responsible for driving transformation throughout the Mining Oil and Gas Services (MOGS) Group and over the years, she has undertaken a number of assignments in Human Resource, Transformation, Health and Safety and Remuneration and Benefits consulting throughout Africa.
She is particularly passionate about the advancement of women in the South African Mining Industry and in addition to her role in HR, she is a WIMSA (Women in Mining South Africa) Patron, and has served as Chairperson of the organisation.
If equipment and resources are the body of Fraser Alexander, our people are our blood. Together, we create value for our shareholders, deliver excellence to our clients, and work to continuously realise our growth strategy.
To ensure that we employ, retain and develop top individuals, we focus on two things:
We value talented people. To nurture their development, we run an integrated talent management programme to grow leadership, management and operational capabilities.
As a growing and innovative group with a wide range of career opportunities, we’re always on the lookout for people with key skills. If you’re interested in joining our dynamic team, have a look at our Careers page for open positions. Even if we don’t currently have a role that suits you, be sure to register your details so we can notify you when something becomes available.
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