Blasting Specialist Vacancy at Kumba Iron Ore

Posted on :

5 Feb, 2014

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Mining Jobs in South Africa

The role

Blasting activities are monitored, results are analysed and recommendations are made to achieve the desired fragmentation.  Responsible for the design of blast blocks using a suitable software application.  This includes the design of the drilling pattern, relief holes etc. as well as simulating the timing of the blast in order to optimise fragmentation.  Blast blocks must be inspected periodically to ensure conformance to set standards.  Charged blast blocks are visited to provide technical support on timing, initiation point, blasting sequence and tying up of holes.  Latest blasting technologies are sought, tested, analysed, evaluated and recommendations are made about the ability to implement on the Mine.  Ensure alignment with Anglo American GTS (Group Technical Standards) that are applicable for drilling and blasting activities.  Advice must be provided pro-actively to alleviate or avoid possible problems; advice must be provided to the relevant parties to ensure that Thabazimbi Mine complies with all blasting related legislation. Adhering to all relevant company health and safety standards and requirements, work ethics is of such a nature that it benefits the company and everyone working for it; assistance provided pro-actively or when asked for by supervisor or team members, continuously promotes good housekeeping.


You will need

Knowledge of mining processes and ore characteristics, analytical skills, research, project management, networking, problem solving skills, blasting techniques, holistic approach, communication skills, relationship building and the ability to function independently, be assertive, client orientated, organised and results driven.



Preferably B Eng (Mining) or equivalent and 3 year’s relevant experience

Minimum: NHD (Mining) or B Tech and 3 years relevant experience

Blasting Certificate for open cast mines



The initial salary will be determined in accordance with Kumba Iron Ore Ltd. policies; this position is an Anglo Band 6


Additional Information

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that valid copies of qualifications and/or licences required as indicated in the job requirements for this role is attached. In the interest of an efficient, fair and objective process, incomplete applications and/ or late applications will not be considered.


Applicants can apply via ONE of the following:

·  By clicking on this link to apply online 

  • Enter the above reference number / job title and continue
  • Appointments will be made in line with Employment Equity targets

·  SMS – sms job reference number to 35641 (This functionality will only work if your details are registered on the Anglo American vacancy database)

If you have not been contacted within 6 weeks of the closing date of the advertisement, please accept that your application had been unsuccessful; correspondence will only be with shortlisted candidates. Enquiries can be made at the following number: 014 777 3060.  Closing date for advertisements 7 February 2014.

Ref. 708136


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