An Interview With Nick Dunnett
Mining remains the largest generator of foreign exchange earnings and it is the largest private employer in South Africa. Direct exports of minerals and metals account for 60% of all export revenue. Mining employs a big section of the population. In 2011 mining employed 513, 211 jobs.
Nick Dunnett is Managing Director at Robert Walters. Below are his views on South Africa’s mining issues and recruitment:
Have Hiring Levels Gone Up, Down Or Remained The Same Since The Strike At Lonmin Mine In Marikana Last Year?
Demand for mining professionals in the first half of the year decreased due to uncertain market conditions caused by the fallout of last year’s strikes. This factor had an adverse affect on confidence in the South African market, with many projects being put on hold and hiring budgets temporarily frozen.
How else has Marikana impacted the industry?
What Does The Future Look Like?
The government is working on a framework agreement between all stakeholders, aimed at bringing much-needed stability to the industry. Until there is clear guidance from the government on how these issues can be resolved, more strikes are almost inevitable.
What Is Your Key Message For Professionals Looking For A Career Move Within The Mining Industry?
Demand for mining professionals has shifted to focus on exploration and new mines especially in Africa and developing countries. Sought-after skills include geologist, environmental, mining study and drilling skills.