Thapelo is a seasoned senior manager with over 15 years uninterrupted experience in Operations, with more than 10 of these years spent in management roles. His areas of specialty include continuous improvement in operations, reducing variability, as well as the elimination of bottlenecks and waste in operations.
His operations career began at Mintek which he joined in 2002 and worked his way up to a position of Chief Technician (Principal Engineer). In 2008, he joined Sibanye Platinum as a Plant Middle Manager, where he spent a total of 9 years. At Sibanye he occupied various positions, which included Process Specialist, Production Superintendent and Production Manager.
He enjoys coaching and mentoring and finds fulfilment in seeing teams and individuals overcome hurdles in their work and grow to take on more challenging tasks.
Thapelo has a certificate in Extruded Pet Foods and Treats from the Texas A&M University, an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and a BTech degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.