Portfolio: Members and Awards

michaelduplessisMichael du Plessis is the Group Rock Engineering Manager for Lonmin Platinum. He has an advanced Rock Engineering certificate, MEng (Rock Engineering) and is currently busy with a PhD.

Michael's portfolio includes Sanire membership and awards. The portfolio seeks to promote, protect and continuously add value to the different membership groups in the organisation. Furthermore, members and practitioners who continuously strive to make a positive contribution towards the industry are identified and given recognition or awards.

Michaels says: "I want to make sure that Sanire is recognised as the professional organisation representing rock engineers. We, as an organisation, need to be recognised by industry (DMR, AMMSA, and so on).

"Furthermore, we have to ensure that our members get the maximum benefits from attending their local branch meetings. It is key that we create a forum where pertinent industry related information is shared with practitioners and new leading practices, research and development and so on is shared with all members. Our members are the key component in branding Sanire and each respective branch. We therefore need active participation and info sharing sessions.

"In a changing environment, this will create a platform where rock engineers can again be rewarded for the work they are doing by sharing it with their colleges and be awarded or recognised for an active and ongoing contribution to industry."