Lelanie Van Zyl Prinsloo, a pioneer for woman in mining, passed away on 10/08/2021 at the age of 54.
Lelanie was born on 14 December 1966 in Kwazulu-Natal. She spent her childhood moving often and growing up in various towns (including Greenside Village), as her father was in the mining industry. She attended Clewer Primary School in Witbank. She matriculated from Secunda High School in Mpumalanga in 1984. She started working at Sasol Mining Twistdraai East Shaft as a Geological Assistant in the Geology Department in September 1997. She enrolled at UNISA and completed her BSc in Archeology, receiving the prize as best student from the university upon her graduation. After completing her initial degree there was no stopping this young and ambitious woman. She was to become one of the best female Rock Engineers in the country.
She completed the following qualifications during her career, it is important to mention that all her qualifications were completed part time while working:
- Blasting ticket (Coal)
- Mine Managers Certificate (Coal)
- Strata Control Officer Certificate (Coal)
- Rock Engineering Certificate
- GDE from Wits
- MSc Engineering (Rock Engineering)
During her career she was appointed in different roles at the following companies:
- Mining Rock Engineer (Sasol Mining) – 15 years
- Rock Engineering Manager (Optimum Colliery) – 3 years
- Rock Engineer (Shanduka Coal) – 1 year
- Principal Rock Engineer, Eskom Tied Mines (Anglo American Coal) – 5 years
- Principal Rock Engineer (Seriti Resources) – 3 years
She served on the SANIRE coal branch committee as well as moderator for both Paper 3.2 and the Rock Engineering Certificate practical examination.
Lelanie is survived by her children, Rosseau (36) and Lanriëlle Prinsloo (35), grandchildren, Conin Schoeman (9) Elrin (7) and Renelle Prinsloo (4), Son-in-law Pieter Schoeman (37) and Daughter-in-law Elmarie Prinsloo (34).
“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. “ (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future” (Proverbs 31:25)
She will be missed dearly.
May her soul rest in peace.