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Gabisile Simelane

Exploration Programme Manager, South Africa

My relationship with De Beers goes back to 1999, when I secured a bursary from De Beers to pursue a degree in geology. I joined the company as a geologist in training, rotating through the various operations. I now have 10 years’ experience and have worked in Namibia, Guinea, Botswana and Canada. The international exposure and working in a dynamic environment have been of immense benefit to me. 

I feel proud to be leading the exploration team in South Africa because the country still has potential to find new economic mines. My role requires that I interact with internal and external stakeholders, drive the exploration strategy and lead a team of geologists who are tasked with executing our work programmes in a safe and sustainable manner.