“Our key business value is humanising mining,” says Lebogang Nkoana, revealing a longstanding personal vision for the cornerstone of South Africa’s economy. Nkoana was recently appointed to the role of operations manager at Enaex Africa, one of the largest explosives firms in the industry.
“I’m responsible for safe management of explosives and its value chain until delivery to clients. I lead business sustainability and new business acquisition within our region and beyond,” he explains. The executive from Emalahleni was the first in his family to graduate and is currently completing his master’s in engineering management at Tshwane University of Technology. Alongside his personal achievements, he counts the successes of his mentees as his proudest moments.
For Nkoana, transformation has two sides: a return to the peak in successful growth and power of the Gauteng minefields and a collective movement towards progress and redistributed hope. As he puts it, “We are because of mining.”
Every sunrise is my ‘soldier-on’ moment.