Gold Fields is recruiting for General Miners

Job Summary

Gold Fields Group Services (Pty) Ltd is recruiting for the vacancy: General Miner – Ventilation & Construction.

Closing date: 09 February 2024

This is an opportunity to bring your expertise to a dynamic and engaged team of professionals, working together to become the beacon of pride for our people, our communities, our stakeholders, and our shareholders.

POSITION:General Miner – Ventilation & Construction
DEPARTMENT:Health and Environment – Environmental Engineering
SITE:South Deep Gold Mine

Location: Westonaria, South Deep, South Africa

Job Purpose

The General Miner is accountable to the Environmental Engineering department and is responsible for planning, scheduling and safely executing ventilation maintenance, construction and related projects. 

The incumbent will lead a maintenance team charged with the safe and cost effectively delivery of daily tasks ensuring full compliance with operational standards and MHSA regulations.

Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification
  • Blasting Certificate
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a deep level gold mine with experience in mine ventilation maintenance and construction
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  • Be declared medically fit for the position and environment, as determined by a risk-based medical examination at the Gold Fields Occupational Health Centre and pass a Heat Tolerance Screening test, and such other tests as may be required to assess the applicant’s suitability for employment

Key Competencies

  • Proficient safety leader with the capability of leading the ventilation construction crew and implementing safety campaigns in his area of responsibility
  • Accomplished team and people leader
  • Strong inter and intra-team collaboration skills
  • Ability to promote teamwork and team cohesion

  • Fluent in English as business and instructional language on speaking, interpretation and writing levels
  • Have basic knowledge of building regulations and requirements to be able to construct ventilation doors, seals, refuge bays, cooling installations etc
  • Established planning, decision making and problem-solving abilities to ensure timeous execution of tasks

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in, and lead daily, and scheduled safety, health, environmental and risk management campaigns ensuring that teams actively demonstrate safe work practice at all times
  • Ensure optimal application of set health and safety standards of self and team members and take immediate appropriate remedial action to maintain standards and procedures in area of responsibility
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  • Attend and actively participate in daily team briefing sessions and Invocoms as required to plan, receive, and assign daily SHE, risk assessment and work schedule instructions
  • Assign, lead and collaborate with teams to conduct appropriate task risk assessments, safe work task planning, task and job material and equipment planning, etc.
  • Maintain disciplined work and team conduct through frequent Planned Task Observations (PTOs) to ensure that teams are executing tasks to the required safety standards, performance specifications and, record and execute remedial actions and measures as required

  • Ensure the maintenance of safe working environments for teams and area of responsibility by conducting workplace inspections throughout the shift and take appropriate action or escalate as required to maintain workplaces in a safe condition
  • Ensure that daily ventilation tasks are clearly communicated and understood by all team members and that appropriate interventions are instituted to maintain the safe delivery of all targets  
  • Ensure effective availability and use of equipment and materials

How to Apply

At South Deep, we value each person’s individual and collective contribution and support your ongoing development, helping you to achieve your career and our business aspirations.

Closing Date: 09 February 2024

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Please note that the Gold Fields code of conduct strictly prohibits the exchange of any payment as part of its recruitment process.

 Should you require any assistance or have any challenges in applying for a position, please contact the Recruitment hub on 011 411 1387

Gold Fields is committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment

NOTE: all relevant certificates must be attached to your CV in order to be considered for shortlisting.



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