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Chief Operating Officer, Sabelo Msiza artfully leads Group through uncertain times.
2021-07-27 08:03:11

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With a career in mining spanning more than 20 years, our chief operating officer (COO) Sabelo Msiza has extensive expertise across functions, which he hopes to be able to pass on to the next generation of mining professionals. As COO, Msiza holds a robust role in the business; one he plainly describes as “establishing working systems that align with global principles for desired performance and sustainability”.

Msiza has been at the helm of DM Minerals Group™’s operational strategy from its inception. Reflecting on his role within the business, he highlights that it’s been a remarkable, challenging journey that required business agility. The business initially positioned itself as an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) entity within the mining space, specialising in minerals processing however, the breakthrough came in the Tailings Dam Management and Bulk Materials Handling space. “We took the opportunity with eagerness and a desire to bring a new sustainable alternative to the market. Since then, we have worked to consolidate our position as a Tailings Dam Operator at a time when the industry is paying special attention to the disposal and management of mine waste.”

He has spent the last five years driving the business’ operational engine, a role that presents complex problems he enjoys finding solutions to. “Our systems are what enable us to serve our partners.” says Msiza. He further explains that being able to build and maintain best in class systems that provide tangible value is a priority for the business, and what sets them apart from their competitors in the market.

Internally, Msiza has made it an intention to unceasingly refine operational systems to ensure that teams are able to perform optimally and adapt to change in this ever-evolving environment. “Operational teams often find security and predictability in behaviours that have been practiced for a long time, but that need to be changed to remain adequate in a rapidly evolving environment,” he says.

While DM Minerals Group™ has seen substantial business growth in the last 18 months, it has also experienced significant losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The pandemic has exposed fault lines in society, diplomatic relations between countries, and even industrial relations within companies. These are problems we are constantly having to find solutions to as a business.”

Msiza says business has a responsibility of ensuring clear and inclusive terms of engagement with its partners, stakeholders and people to navigate uncertain times and co-create our future.

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