Careers at South Deep

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It has come to our attention that people are falsely advertising South Deep job opportunities and are requesting payment to arrange interviews and set up placements.

Please be aware that they do not represent South Deep and have not been authorised to assist with recruitment. South Deep will never request payment for applications or placement.

The only legitimate sources of adverts for vacancies at South Deep are this website and the Gold Fields LinkedIn page

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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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.

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

Currently no vacancies available!

Adult Education and Training

Opportunities for South Deep fulltime employees, contractors and community members who are below grade 10 to register for the Adult Education and Training (AET) Programme.

Primary purpose:

South Deep Gold Mine is offering English, Maths and other programmes aimed at improving people’s abilities to cope with further training. It is an accredited programme and can be taken at AET levels 1 to 4 (NQF1) depending on your current competency levels.

Target Areas

Bekkersdal Zenzele
Simunye Randfontein
Hillshaven Thusanang
Glenharvie Poortjie
Mohlakeng Zuurbekom
Westonaria and Borwa Waterwax
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Congratulations to our colleagues who were promoted in February and March 2021

Promotions in February and March 2021

  • Bongile Nyama from Trackless LHD Operator to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Gilberto Chilengue from Trackless Crew Leader to Trackless Supervisor Operations
  • Retselitsoe Hatasi from Production Assistant to TM3 LHD Operator
  • Zamelekhaya Zwelakhe from Trackless Crew Leader to Trackless Supervisor Operations
  • Petrus Engelbrecht from Chargehand Diesel Mechanic to Supervisor Engineering
  • Tebogo Tladi from Trackless Diesel Mechanic to Trackless Foreman Fitter
  • Gerhardus Grenfell from Artisan Assistant Rigger to Mobilift Operator
  • Sandile Mcunu from Supervision Team Leader to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Sizwe Nene from Instrument Mechanician C2 UG to Instrument Technician Engineering UG
  • Lilian Cossa from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Nthabeleng Mirriam Dsediti from Production Assistant to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Sello Molekwa from Trackless Crew Leader (Graduate) to Trackless Supervisor Operations
  • Elizabeth Nyati from TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Hlawulekani Ndlovu from TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Vuyolwethu Simayile from Trackless LHD Driver C2 Grade 1 Obsolet to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Petrus Pienaar from Asst Officer Lampsman COM to Senior Lampsman
  • Gerhardus Groenewald from Plant Operator B6 GRP to Processor Metallurgy C2 GRP
  • Pfunzo Nemaheni from Post Graduate Metallurgy to Metallurgist COM
  • Motheye Langa from Trackless Longhole Rig Operator to Trackless Longhole Rig Operator Blasting
  • Mluleki Daka from Trackless Longhole Rig Operator to Trackless Longhole Rig Operator Blasting
  • Lovers Ngobeni from Officer ETD UG GRP to Supervisor ETD Underground GRP
  • Josephine Mtyosho from Clerk B4 to Officer Finance
  • Morkel Van Wyk from Trackless Longhole Rig Operator to Trackless Longhole Rig Operator Blasting
  • Rocky Wyngaard from Trackless Longhole Rig Operator to Trackless Longhole Rig Operator Blasting
  • Moses Ntoi from Loco Driver Electrical to General Miner
  • Mmakadikwe Marutle from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Impact Breaker
  • Samuel Moswadiba from Artisan Assistant Underground to Trackless Fitter
  • Bongeka Guzu from Production Assistant to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Lehlogonolo Masemola from Learner Official Mining UG GRP to General Miner
  • Neo Molefe from General Miner to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Monwabisi Ntsendwane from TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle to Trackless Dump Truck Operator
  • Vincent Maboke from Production Assistant to Trackless Dump Truck Operator
  • Siphiwe Modirwa from Trackless Crew Leader to Trackless Supervisor Operations
  • Lazarus Khoza from Trackless Crew Leader to Trackless Supervisor Operations
  • David Suping from Warehouse Clerk Surface to Assistant Officer Financial Reporting
  • Rosy Monyaki from Artisan Assistant Underground to Administrator Human Resources B6 COM

Promotions in January 2021

  • Sivuyile Maseko from Assistant Engineer to Section manager: Engineering (Read more about Sivuyile)
  • Ingrid Mampebane from Engineering Foreman to Assistant Engineer (Read more about Ingrid)
  • Gary Katambayi from Assistant Engineer to Section manager: Engineering (Read more about Gary)
  • Nkhangweni Ratshitaka from Superintendent Rock Engineering to Section Manager Rock Engineering
  • Mafori Mphahlele from Bobcat Operator to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Erick Lebitsa from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehiclec
  • Mtutuzeli Bizo from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Sharon Seleke from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Nkgomotsang Picoe from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Tankiso Lebetloane from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Palesa Rampesi from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Zukile Shibhani from Production Assistant to TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle
  • Jabulani Mazibi from TM3 Operator Utility Vehicle to Trackless Crew Leader
  • Vuyokazi Mkundlu from Production Assistant to Trackless Crew Leader


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 June 2021

Louis Turvey

We extend a warm welcome to Louis Turvey, who has joined South Deep as Engineering Manager. Louis’ philosophy is to create meaning and understanding in his work, for himself and those around him, unlocking passion and purpose to improve circumstances and align teams.

Find out more about Louis here

Collaboration to enhance deep-level mining skills and expertise

The University of the Witwatersrand and Gold Fields have a common commitment to education, research and innovation in the field of mechanised mining in South Africa. The Gold Fields/Wits School of Mining Engineering partnership was established to further the academic knowledge of mechanised mining and rock engineering in South Africa.

The partnership aims to expand the scope of tertiary mining education as it relates to technical, operational, and organisational aspects of mechanised mining and rock engineering in order to promote mechanised mining in South Africa. With recent advances in digital mining being a key component of the partnership, there is a specific focus on South Deep’s challenges and opportunities to build the skills and expertise required to optimise mine production.

One of the four students who participated in the partnership graduated in 2020, while three students are expected to graduate in 2021. Currently there are three additional MSc projects earmarked to start early in 2021 and students are being shortlisted for these projects.

Through this collaboration six undergraduate students spent their vacations at South Deep Mine in 2018 and 2019, where they were exposed to mechanised mining and completed projects on the mine. These projects were used in their final year projects for their BSc (Engineering) degrees. This year, six undergraduate students will be invited to spend their vacation at South Deep Mine to expand their knowledge of mechanised mining and rock engineering.

“These partnerships between academia and industry can make our deep-level mines safer and more sustainable, continuing their vital contribution to the economy.” Professor Cuthbert Musingwini, Wits School of Mining Engineering Head Professor

Gold fields Operations Limited and GFI Joint Venture Holdings (PTY) Limited entered into this partnership (collaboration agreement) with the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. This partnership is one of a kind. It focuses on developing the young professionals with the skills and knowledge required to support a fully mechanized deep level gold mining in South Africa and skills beneficial to advancing South Deep to its full production. Another critical component of this partnership and collaboration is the DigiMine Lab within the Wits Mining Institute (WMI). This will supplement South Deeps digitization and modernization drive and efforts. The topics selected by the students are aligned with our improvement themes and upon implementation, will contribute towards a vision of operating South Deep as a Safe, Low Grade, Bulk Mechanised, Profitable Gold Mine and drive the mine towards being a beacon of pride for our people, our communities, our stakeholders and our shareholders.


Application of multiple point statistics for resource estimation and mine planning under geological uncertainty

Adapting multiple point statistics methods used in oil and gas (where the data is usually sparse) to carry out stochastic resource estimation and then quantify the uncertainty around the estimates.

These uncertainties are then integrated into decision-making in the mine planning process. Closely spaced grade control data are used to create a training image. This training image, together with sparsely spaced samples from extension areas, are used to simulate grade in these areas with more confidence than traditional methods. The proof of concept is currently being tested with Tarkwa data and will be applied to South Deep.

The uncertainty qualification project will help South Deep improve estimation at the South of Wrench. Uncertainty quantifications can be incorporated in the mine planning process to provide more realistic and achievable mine plans together with geological risk.

The project will provide a framework for resource modelling and mine planning that will allow for:

  • Modelling of areas of lower sample density with more confidence
  • Reduce uncertainty and improve resource classification through alternative models for geology and grade settings
  • Characterise uncertainties on planned volumes to deliver predictable business outcomes
  • Define and manage risk for Projects, Strategic, Business and LoM Operational plans
  • Improved technical and financial risk assessment, and therefore improved decision making
  • Optimise drilling including associated cost and time
  • Analysis and mitigation of risks
  • Improved utilisation of mineral resources

Student involved:

Mahlomola Isaac Mabala

Mahlomola Isaac Mabala has a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and is currently completing his Master’s in Engineering (Geostatistics).

Mahlomola is an associate lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has industry experience as a miner and shift supervisor in the PGM industry. Having strong interests and aptitude for mathematics, statistics and related fields such as machine learning, Mahlomola decided to follow a career in mining research, a field that he is passionate about.

Gold Fields has supported Mahlomola’s research and studies with research costs and technical advice. “We are excited to see how Mahlomola’s research can improve our mine planning in the future.

As our available mineral deposits get deeper, and commodity prices become increasingly volatile and unpredictable, we need to find and leverage innovative technologies, systems and organisational thinking that would improve our efficiencies and productivity. Mining will always have a future: the new world we live in requires even more minerals that need to be mined ,” says Mahlomola.

Local ground support and corrosion life cycle to improve long-term cost-effectiveness

Assessing the local ground support and corrosion life cycle to improve long-term cost-effectiveness at South Deep.

The project seeks to assess the environmental conditions associated with groundwater encountered at the mine, and identifying the main environmental factors leading to corrosion, providing quantitative corrosion rates and a corrosion classification system for the mine.

The project will inform the costs, timing and budgeting for rehabilitation.

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Rachidi Dineo

Rachidi Dineo has a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Mining has been a part of Rachidi’s life since he was a child growing up in a mining village in Limpopo, with both his parents working in the industry.

Rachidi’s knowledge of mining and its processes made his career choice an easy one when paired with his high aptitude for analytical and numerical analysis. With a specialisation in corrosion quantification and impact on support integrity, Rachidi would like to contribute towards improved occupational health and safety and the philosophy of zero harm within the South African mining industry.

Gold Fields has supported Rachidi through its partnership with the Wits School of Mining Engineering, contributing to funding and access to the underground mine for project data acquisition.

“The mining industry strives to remain sustainable through automation. With the increasing volumes of data in the industry, we need to improve our understanding, interpretation and manipulation of data. This will contribute to the industry’s profitability and sustainability.”

Backfill optimisation

Identifying factors contributing to the variability of backfill and their effect on the backfill strength.

The project focusses on mine backfill which comprises soil, overburden or mine tailings, and is used to replace excavated zones created by mining operations in order to provide support to the surrounding rock mass. At South Deep the backfill strength is variable, which, along with the mixing of the tailings with the binder, presents an engineering challenge.

The factors causing variability need to be investigated and identified to maintain consistency. Maintaining consistency of the backfill strength will help to optimise backfill quality, reduce binder costs for the mine and enable safer extraction of ore.

Mosebudi Esther

Mosebudi Esther Matlou has a Master of Science in Rock Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. Being in a leadership role and representing the Wits School of Mining at South Deep, Mosebudi has been able to work with various teams which has further moulded her strong communication and interpersonal skills.

As an undergrad Mosebudi was inspired by a young female mining engineer she once met at a career exhibition.

The woman shared her experiences and challenges in the industry, along with her approach to overcome them.  Although the career path she chose tested her, it was pivotal key to her personal and professional development. This inspired Mosebudi to study mining engineering and follow a similar path.

Through the partnership with the Wits School of Mining Engineering, Gold Fields has supported Mosebudi’s tuition, subsidised a living allowance and has provided the practical work required for the MSc research project.

“I am hoping to secure a position in a reputable organisation like South Deep that will enable me to fully utilise my research, and apply my creative and innovative skills to achieve my career goals while I make a significant contribution to the company’s success.”