Mine Design and Planning Manager

The minerals and mining sector is a major contributor to the South African economy and provides employment for over 450 000 people. Production and safety risks in the mining industry can be minimised through well designed and effectively operated mines. This could also ensure optimal performance, production and utilization of resources and minimise operational challenges that could impact surrounding communities and the environment. Mine design and planning considers geological, engineering, physical, social and economic factors in designing and operating a mine.

Mine design and planning managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate complex operations and resources to establish safe, optimal and economically viable mining strategies. They set up production quotas, plan extraction sites and develop processes for the removal of raw materials. They also select and train mining personnel in required safety procedures as well as establish and maintain detailed budgets for mining projects.

Mine design and planning managers work alongside engineers, geologists, miners and other personnel that are needed in the planning and operation of a mine. They regularly evaluate mining production activities on site, returning to an office environment to develop reports and plans of action.


Mine design and planning managers need extensive experience in the design and planning of mines as well as a solid knowledge of mining operations and procedures, also benefitting from:

  • Practical and spatial competence in design and planning
  • Risk management and business experience
  • Excellent and immediate problem-solving ability
  • Strong interpersonal and people management skills


Control the operation of a plant and quality procedures

Evaluate efficiency of production sites to determine adequacy of procedures and processes

Establish and manage budgets, adjusting processes and resources to minimise costs

Confer with other managers to set and develop processes to achieve production quotas


B.Eng. in Mining Engineering at UP

B.Sc.Eng. in Mining Engineering at Wits

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geology specialising in Mining Geology at NMU, NWU, RU, SU, UCT, UFH, UFS, UJ, UKZN, UL, UP, UWC and Wits

Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Mining Engineering at UNISA


National government.

Mining companies.

Private consultancies.

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