SOUTH Africa’s sole producer of prime anthracite, Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), has appointed Siyabonga Mathonsi as its first black general manager since mining operations began in 1987.
Menar, the mining investment company that acquired ZAC from Rio Tinto in 2016, said Mathonsi’s appointment was effective from July15. Menar’s managing director, Vuslat Bayoglu, said Mathonsi was a hard-working professional who had worked his way up the ranks. “The appointment is a clear demonstration that with adequate training and experience, coupled with the commitment to redressing the legacy of apartheid, substantive transformation is achievable.
Menar is committed to ensuring that all employees of its subsidiary companies, regardless of their background, realise their potential.” Bradley Hammond, the outgoing general manager, will take over a new role as group chief operating officer at Menar. Mathonsi’s career at ZAC began in 2008, when he was an engineer-in-training. His commitment to his work saw him rise. In 2010, he was promoted to a junior engineer. In 2015, he was appointed as a section engineer. In 2016, he became engineering manager until the announcement of his promotion.
Bayoglu said Mathonsi had played an important role in the turnaround of the mine while serving as a second-incommand to Hammond. “They worked as a team. Siyabonga is a team player with excellent human relations skills. We look forward to seeing him and the team drive the extension of the life of the mine beyond the projected 12 years,”
Bayoglu added. Mathonsi said he was looking forward to his new challenge and undertook to lead by example. “I believe it’s important to show strong leadership. I’m truly humbled to have been appointed as general manager at ZAC, and thank the company’s management team for believing in and supporting me throughout this journey,” Mathonsi said.
He said he hoped to build on the strong base that had been established to ensure that ZAC achieved optimal efficiency, and continued to build strong ties with workers and the host communities. Located in the district of Ulundi, ZAC produces a million tons of anthracite a year.