Technical Staff

Jaco J. van Vuuren is the owner of Saxum and director and shareholder of ARMS. Jaco is the principal rock engineer for Saxum and ARMS. He is a certificated rock engineer and holds inter alia, a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mining) from Wits University, a National Higher Diploma in Coal Mining and a COM Certificate in Advanced Rock Engineering. Jaco has more than 29 years’ practical experience in mining.

Felix Chiramba is a senior rock engineer with Saxum. Felix holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mining and an M.Sc. in Environmental Management, as well as a COM Certificate in Rock Engineering and has sound mining, consulting and training experience. Felix is also a candidate member with ECSA. Felix carries various appointments with Saxum and ARMS clients and is primarily responsible for rock engineering risk assessments and operational requirements for opencast and underground mines.

Qiniso Potgieter is a rock engineering officer with Saxum / ARMS and director and shareholder of ARMS.  Qiniso holds a B.Sc. degree (Geology and Chemistry) and manages the ARMS Mpumalanga office. Qiniso is primarily responsible for operational rock engineering matters for underground mines.

Lindokuhle (Lindo) Khumalo is a rock engineering officer with Saxum and is also an experienced geologist who is responsible for geotech logging. Lindo holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from University of Pretoria and a COM Strata Control Certificate.

Siyabulela (Siya) Masoka is a rock engineering officer with ARMS and is currently being trained in rock engineering. Siya holds a B.Sc. Engineering (Mining) from Wits University and a COM Strata Control Certificate.

Marilena Venter is a graduate with a B.A. (Hons) and a SHEPRAC certificate.  She is experienced in safety administration management. Marilena is mainly responsible for the continuous administration of Saxum / ARMS client’s COP’s, technical report editing and general documentation management.

Divan de Beer is a strata control officer with Saxum and holds a COM Strata Control Certificate. Divan is mainly responsible for technical and operational assistance as well as operational strata control issues and RockSmart training.

Usivhone (Usi) Makhode is a strata control officer with ARMS and is currently being trained in rock engineering. Usi holds a B.Tech. degree (Mining Engineering) from the University of Johannesburg.

Arnold Lekwene is an intern with ARMS and is currently being trained in rock engineering. Arnold holds a B.Tech (Geology) from the Tswane University of Technology and has experience in geological work.

Andile Zulu is an intern with ARMS and is currently being trained in rock engineering. Andile holds a B.Sc. Honours (Geology) from the University of Pretoria and has previous experience in opencast mining.

Sboniso Kubheka is an intern with ARMS and is currently being trained in rock engineering. Sboniso holds a Diploma in Mining Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.