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Dineo Phaladi

22nd March 2019

By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Full Name: Dineo Ramakgahlele Phaladi

Position and Company Name: Mine overseer at the Kolomela mine of Kumba Iron Ore, an Anglo American group company

Main Activity of the Company: Mining of iron-ore

Date and Place of Birth: April 22, 1990, Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo

Education: Capricorn High School, matric 2008; national diploma (mining engineering), University of Johannesburg (UJ), 2011; BTech (mining engineering, UJ, 2012; higher certificate in economics (with distinction), University of South Africa, 2015; postgraduate diploma in business administration, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, 2017

First Job: Trainee technician, Murray & Roberts Cementation

Size of First Pay Packet: R3 500 a month

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not applicable

Number of People under Your Leadership: 120

Management Style: Inspirational and visionary

Personal Best Achievement: Becoming the first-ever female mine overseer at the Kolomela mine

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My parents

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My father

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Khanyi Dhlomo – she has so much grace, and is feministic, private and remains relevant

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Khanyi Dhlomo – for her business acumen; she continuously reinvents her businesses to suit the prevailing market conditions

Philosophy of Life: Courage is not the absence of fear, but forging ahead despite of fear

Biggest Ever Disappointment: When I put my everything into a project and still did not win

Hope for the Future: To change the lives of miners and communities within which we operate and inspire young professionals entering the industry. Professional excellence, high-impact operational performance and to be a reputable turnaround strategist

Favorite Reading: I Write What I Like: Selected Writings, by Steve Biko; Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah; Sleeping with the Enemy, by Coco Chanel; The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

Favourite TV Programme: Survivor, Air Crash Investigation, Corrupt Crimes, Date My Family, America's Next Top Model, The Fixer

Favorite Food/Drink: Pap and chicken/dry red wine

Favourite Music: Reggae and soul

Favourite Sport: Tennis, netball

Hobbies: Exploring Africa, playing tennis with my partner, reading books, having wine

Car: VW

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: None

Married: To Siphamandla

Children: None

Clubs: Kolomela Athletics Club, Reading Between Hikes Book Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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