Keynote Speaker

Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa

Masters Degree in Radiation Physics & MBA

Sietse van der Woude has a Masters Degree in Radiation Physics. As Manager at the National Nuclear Regulator he was responsible for the establishment of a regulatory framework for radiation protection in mining. He did his MBA focusing on the integration of sustainability issues into business strategy. He subsequently joined Xstrata as a SHEQ Manager. In 2004, he was appointed as the Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at the Minerals Council South Africa, where he enjoyed being a part of the mining industry’s journey to zero harm. Since 2015, he serves as the Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety. His hope remains for an all gain, no pain modernisation towards the mine of tomorrow.

His best day ever was 21 December 2012 when he got married to Marli after 47 years of bachelorhood. They are blessed to have a young boy called Simo, the short of the isiZulu word ‘Simangaliso’, which means miracle. His hobby is to green his lifestyle to create a better future for Simo and all the young of today.