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MEI Online: People News: Africa: July 24th 2017


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:: Incoming SAIMM President: Prof Selo Ndlovu


At the AGM to be held on the 17th of August 2017 Sehliselo Ndlovu will be inducted as the SAIMM President 2017/2018.

Herewith an introduction to the second female SAIMM president since the founding of the institute as well as the synopsis of her presidential address.

Sehliselo (Selo) Ndlovu was born in Plumtree, Zimbabwe in 1975. Selo holds a BSc Honours degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe; a Diploma of Imperial College in Hydrometallurgy, London, UK, and a PhD in Minerals Engineering from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), a rated researcher with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), and currently holds the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded SARChI Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy and Sustainable Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Selo undertook her secondary and high-school education at St Columba’s High School, which is located in Makokoba; the oldest suburb of Bulawayo. This is where she achieved ten distinctions for her Cambridge ‘O’ levels in 1992. She was the top graduating student in the Cambridge ‘A’ Levels in 1994. Selo then commenced her tertiary education at the University of Zimbabwe, where she gained her Honours degree in Metallurgical Engineering with distinction. Selo was an Anglo American bursar and during her undergraduate years, she spent all her student holidays attached to some of the Anglo American’s Zimbabwean operations in Gweru and Bindura. She found love both professionally (in Hydrometallurgy) and also personally (met her husband) during her time at the Bindura Nickel Smelter and Refinery. After obtaining her first degree, Selo worked as a Process Metallurgist at a diamond mine in the Beit Bridge area, where she helped develop quality assurance and metallurgical accounting systems for the company.

In late 1999, she enrolled for postgraduate studies at Imperial College in London, UK. An interesting fact worth sharing is that her flight ticket to London was sponsored by the then SAIMM Zimbabwe Branch and her studies were sponsored by the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (UK) through the Stanley Elmore Trust. The Institute of Mining and Metallurgy is now known as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Selo graduated with a PhD in Minerals Engineering in 2003. After obtaining her PhD, she spent some time as a research assistant at Imperial College, London. She was on her way to join a Canadian university when she was headhunted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She heeded the call of Africa and joined the University as a lecturer in 2004. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009, and became Associate Professor in 2012, a rank she holds to date.

Read the full article here: www.saimm.co.za




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