Careers at South Deep

South Deep has programmes in place to attract and develop excellent candidates, resulting in an ongoing pipeline of suitably qualified people to take up employment at our operation. Bursaries, graduate training opportunities and internships offered by South Deep are dependent on the specific operational needs of the mine and focus on core mining disciplines such as engineering, mining, geology, surveying, metallurgy and rock engineering.

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Please note that only applications submitted to the relevant email address, as indicated on the vacancy advert, will be considered.


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

Currently no vacancies available


South Deep has a well-established bursary scheme offered as part of its Social and Labour Plan (SLP). Bursaries are offered based on the financial needs of a student, and students are required to work back for the period sponsored, depending on the availability of vacancies at South Deep.

The objective of the bursary scheme is to increase skills, close the gap on hard-to-fill vacancies and scarce skills, and support South Deep’s transformation objectives. Bursaries may be awarded to students meeting the required criteria, and interested in or busy studying the following core mining disciplines:

  • Geology
  • Ventilation
  • Metallurgical and chemical engineering
  • Electrical and mechanical engineering
  • Mining engineering and support services

Bursaries are offered to both external candidates (members of the community) and employees’ children and relatives who wish to study for a tertiary qualification in a mining-related diploma or degree. Bursaries cover books, an allowance, accommodation and tuition fees.

The number of bursaries made available each year is based on our SLP targets and budget, and will see between 9 and 14 bursaries being available each year in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The bursaries are advertised at key information points in our communities, and qualifying learners are invited to apply. In selecting bursars, we ensure that our targeted communities are well represented in terms of demographics.

Graduate trainee opportunities and internships

South Deep offers the opportunity to gain practical experience to its current bursars through vacation work and experiential training. Graduates are also accommodated through a three-year postgraduate training programme and are assigned a mentor who will provide appropriate professional guidance.

We also offer one-year internships to those learners who are required to complete work-integrated learning before they can graduate.

The emphasis of the graduate and internship programme is to identify high potential young historically disadvantaged candidates and give priority to candidates from our local communities. Once these learners have completed the internship programme, South Deep exercises its option to offer the candidates permanent employment.

In a given year, South Deep offers opportunities to approximately:

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    15 bursars

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    40 interns

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    10 learners for vacation work

University of the Witwatersrand School of Mining

South Deep is one of the major sponsors of the Wits University’s School of Mining. Its current 3-year, R8m sponsorship is focused on supporting final year, Honours and Masters students as well as the school’s staff in funding mechanised mining related research. The research work should benefit the mine in that it provides learnings for the mine’s current or future operational and other programmes. The researchers will be provided a contact person at South Deep to support their work.

Bursaries and scholarships through the South Deep Education Trust

The South Deep Education Trust (SDET) is a major vehicle through which labour sending communities are supported with financial and experiential assistance for people wanting to pursue careers in mining related roles.

Bursaries through SDET

Currently 60 students benefit from the SDET bursary scheme through tuition, accommodation and equipment fees. There is no current intake but when the opportunity to apply is available, candidates who meet the following criteria will be eligible:

  • Historically Disadvantaged Individuals Persons from low-income households in the communities surrounding the South Deep mine and/or its Labour Sending Areas
  • Students in their undergraduate years of tertiary study
  • Students without existing bursaries, scholarships or other forms of funding
  • Applicants fields relevant to the mining sector in South Africa
  • First time applicants with an average pass mark of 60% for the most recent year of study (excluding life orientation) who are not dependents of Gold Fields employees

Any updates or details on aspects of this criteria will be made available when the bursary scheme advertises its new intake.


The SDET selected two schools in the Eastern Cape to receive scholarship students from underprivileged backgrounds. Seventeen scholars had their school fees covered while attending Kingswood College until 2019, and a further 22 will be supported until 2024 while they complete primary and high school at Clifton School.

The SDET looks to give scholars an early start in terms of support and each year selects the cream of the crop of local grade 7 scholars to attend some of SA’s best high schools. This project currently covers full tuition and boarding for 14 learners from Westonaria for the entirety of their high school career.

For more information, contact the South Deep Education Trust at

Our people on the move

New appointments in September 2020

Siyanda Dludla

Siyanda Dludla, Head of Technical Services: Siyanda has built his career at De Beers Group, occupying numerous leadership roles locally, as well as in Canada, Angola and Botswana. His expertise spans the entire mining value chain and he has led organisational change through people, processes and systems.

Jacques Erasmus

Jacques Erasmus, Head of Safety: Jacques Erasmus is a seasoned professional with 38 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has a track record of performance in senior management positions and is widely regarded as an expert in his field.