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Geostatistics courses in South Africa

Steve has over 25 years experience in the mining industry, starting as a Learner Official with Rand Mines, initially in mining and then in survey. He worked on DRD, ERPM and Blyvooruitzicht gold mines before joining General Mining (Gencor) - Barberton Gold Mines. After obtaining his NDT and MSCCSA he was posted to Evander Gold Mines and then to Impala Platinum where he worked in Mineral Processes – Mine Valuation and was also responsible for the monitoring of the Surface Works (External engineers SRK and Murray & Roberts). In the mid 80’s he was promoted to Gencor head office to join the newly formed Geostatistics Department. After several years working as a mineral resource analyst he was seconded to France to complete the CFSG post-graduate course in geostatistics at the School of Mines of Paris. In 1997, Steve was appointed Manager Geostatistics (Gencor/Billiton) and in 1998 appointed Co-ordinator Mineral Resource Evaluation and Standards (MRES) for Billiton. Steve was appointed as General Manager & Principal Consultant with Snowden Mining Industry Consultants in 2007 and was promoted to Regional GM for the Africa Region in 2008 and has been consulting on various projects in the Gold, Platinum, Manganese and Base metals sectors of the industry. Recently appointed Technical Director - Mining & Geology - Africa with the AMEC group. Steve has also been Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Geostatistical Association of Southern Africa.

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