ADRIAAN STRYDOMChief Operations Officer
Adriaan joined Morupule Coal Mine in August 2023 as Chief Operations Officer (COO). Adriaan holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the university of Pretoria and a Mine Manager Certificate of Competency (Coal Mines) from the Department of Minerals and Energy South Africa. He has also completed a Management Development Programme (MDP, Business Leadership) with UNISA.
Adriaan brings more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including a stint as Chief Operations Officer at ArcelorMittal Steel in Liberia from 2021 - 2023, Executive Head of Projects & Operations at Lurco Coal in 2020, Principal Mining Engineer at Ukwazi Mining Solutions from 2017 - 2019 and Head of Projects at Total Coal from 2012 - 2016.
He is coming on board to provide support to the Chief Executive Officer in the direction and control of MCM’s operations, with specific focus on coordinating and integrating all core operational functions, i.e., Engineering, Processing, Mining and Technical Services to achieve business targets safely, cost effectively, with good controls, and through motivated teams. The COO plays a fundamental role in MCM’s market agility and alignment, through cross functional collaboration to develop production plans that meet product volume and quality requirements.
ALBERT MEIRINGHead of Sales, Marketing & Logistics (A)
Albert Meiring joined Morupule Coal Mine in July 2021 as Marketing Manager and is currently acting as Business Development Manager.
He is an experienced individual with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals industry both in operational and marketing and logistics portfolios. He travelled extensively for the majors that employed him for international assignments in the UK, Europe, Singapore, Japan, China and Australia. Albert brings to the role a wealth of skills in negotiation, business planning, operations management, marketing & sales, logistics, international trade, new business development, financing and strategy. A strong management professional graduated from De Montfort University (MBA) and University of Pretoria (B Eng) with various leadership and business management courses attained over the years.
MOOKETSI MENYATSOHead of Safety & Sustainability (A)
Mooketsi Menyatso has over 25 years of professional experience in the work environment, 15 years of which was spent managing Safety, Health and Environmental Management Systems in the Mining industry. He holds a BSc Degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Botswana, a Professional Master’s Degree in Environmental Systems Analysis and Management from International Institute for Geo- Information Science and Earth Observation, Certificate in Management Development Maccuavlei, South Africa, Management Development Programme from University of Stellenbosch, and a Certificate in Safety Management from UNISA. Mooketsi has completed course work for Masters of Business Administration with Management College of Southern Africa MANCOSA, South Africa. He has also done several short courses in line with Safety and Sustainability in the Mining Environment. He is currently acting as Head of Safety & Sustainability.
ERNEST KELAPILEHead of Internal Audit
Ernest Kelapile joined Morupule Coal Mine in April 2018. He has got 20 years’ experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management and Principles of Good Corporate Governance.
Ernest graduated from the University of Botswana (UB) in 2002 with a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) Degree. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) as an Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Ernest is also an Associate member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) and an alumni of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) where he graduated with Management Development Programme (MDP).
He currently sits on the Board of Botswana Trade Commission (a parastatal under the Ministry of Trade & Industry) as the Deputy Board Chairman and a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (FAC). He is also a member of the Risk and Audit Committee of the BICA Council.
KENEILWE GOITSEMANG ORAPELENGHead of Mining
Keneilwe Goitsemang Orapeleng is currently the Head of Mining. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Mining Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, she joined MCM in 2008 as a graduate trainee where she served in respective positions at various levels. She is an experienced individual with a demonstrated history of establishing and leading a skilled workforce in the mining industry both in the production and technical functions.
Keneilwe has undergone the Management Development Program with University of Stellenbosch
With a solid 13 years of industry experience, Keneilwe is the first female to attain an underground blasting license in Botswana. A woman of many firsts, Keneilwe has paved a way for fellow female mining engineers through the years. She has been appointed as the first female in various roles throughout her career in MCM (Underground Coal mine environment), including that of section miner, shift overseer, mine overseer, and underground manager – all responsible for underground.
NELSON NAREETSILEHead of Beneficiation
Nelson Nareetsile joined Morupule Coal Mine as the Head of Beneficiation on the1st October 2023. A results-oriented professional engineer, Nelson brings a wealth of experience with over 18 years of experience spanning across diamond processing and petroleum industries.
Nelson began his career with Debswana as a process engineer and progressed through different roles of increasing responsibility up to the most recent executive role of Senior Manager Ore Processing at Orapa. Nelson has also worked BP Botswana as Site and Operations Manager and Puma Energy Botswana as Country Manager for Mining and Lubricants business segment.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Mineral Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Project Management, both obtained from the University of Leeds. He has also completed a management development programmes from the University of Stellenbosch and University of Cape Town. Nelson is registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Registration Board of Botswana.