Programme Coordinator: Mining Supply Chain Development Capacity


The Mandela Mining Precinct was established in 2016 and represents a partnership between the South African Government and the Minerals Council of South Africa, focused on revitalising the SA mining industry through research, development and innovation.

With the SA Minerals and Extraction Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) strategy now actively being implemented through six research streams, work at the Mandela Mining Precinct is expanding to encompass support for the development of the South African Mining Supply Chain. This initiative comes at an opportune time, when Mining Charter III (2018) has created an unprecedented platform for local supply to mines and locally manufactured goods.

The need for developing local suppliers to meet the above was identified early on and led to the  establishment of Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) in 2016. The industry cluster works to represent and support South African manufacturers of equipment, products and components for the mining industry, and is an integral partner within the Mandela Mining Precinct community, where it facilitates close cooperation between local manufacturers, researchers, government and industry partners. In 2019, MEMSA administered implementation of a research programme which laid the foundation for the work described below.

About the job:

MEMSA has been contracted by the Mandela Mining Precinct to coordinate the development and implementation of the Mining Supply Chain Capacity programme over three years. MEMSA thus seeks to appoint a Programme Coordinator (on an annual renewable contract) to work with and under supervision of the Programme Manager to implement the Mining Supply Chain Development Programme. The incumbent will provide coordination and be directly involved in the implementation of the Programme’s Business Plan. The incumbent will have as a Masters Degree with experience in areas of work relevant to the position. This position offers the incumbent the opportunity to develop a profound and multifaceted understanding of the South African mining supply chain, and issues around its development; it provides a unique opportunity to work in an environment of close collaboration between government and the private sector. The position is based at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Johannesburg.

Key responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Mandela Mining Precinct MSC Development Capacity, including implementation of projects and limited administrative functions, and assist in monitoring and evaluation of outcomes;
  • Oversee one Masters Candidate with their appointed supervisor including guidance on research topics;
  • Liaison with the Mining Supply Chain and close cooperation with relevant clusters (particularly MEMSA & SAMPEC) on Mandela Mining Precinct programmes, projects and initiatives;
  • Close liaison and interfacing with the state (the DTIC, DMRE and DSI) and the Mining Supply Chain on issues including but not limited to the interpretation, implementation and refinement of Mining Charter III, the implementation of local content requirements, and the implementation of a standardised product coding system;
  • Continuous interfacing the between the SAMERDI Programme Managers, their work-streams and the MSC Clusters/firms;
  • Plan and develop an SA Mining Supply Chain database which meets the needs of partners in MSC development, and ensure alignment among different MSC product databases;
  • Configure and action an EPCMs interface (for MSC products/capabilities awareness) with the MSC Programme Manager;
  • Contribute to the development of a Mining Supply Chain localisation strategy (including optimisation of tariffs and local content verification) with DTIC, SABS and DMRE;
  • Manage & mentor the MSC coding/ databases Intern;
  • Productively work within the Mandela Mining Precinct as a collaborative community addressing current and future challenges related to the mining industry and mining supply chain.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A Masters degree with at least the undergraduate degree in a mining and/or engineering-related discipline;
  • At least four years’ experience in the mining and/or manufacturing industries, or research focused on these industries;
  • At least three years of work which included project management;
  • At least one year’s experience in research;
  • A good understanding of the mining sector in South Africa, and of challenges facing the mining supply chain in South Africa;
  • Must have good communication, presentation and writing skills;
  • Must be computer literate;
  • Ability to carry out strategic stakeholder interactions and develop cooperative relationships;
  • Ability to effectively present ideas, concepts, plan and procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated track record of the ability to work accurately, independently and efficiently.


Interested individuals should provide

  1. a) A CV or profile, and on request documentation supporting relevant qualifications and work experience;
  2. b) A Cover Letter motivating their suitability for the position and indicating when they would be available to commence work on a full-time basis.

Please email these documents to with the subject “Programme Coordinator – Mining Supply Chain Development Capacity”  or call Elizabeth at 011 358 0001 with any queries.

Note that the application deadline has been extended to the 11th of March 2020.