INkosi Sbonelo  Mkhize

INkosi Mkhize is a traditional leader overseeing the development of his rural village in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. His investment and financial skills were developed from appointments in financial and commodity trading firms in London and Johannesburg.

He currently sits on the Boards of Ithala Development Finance Corporation and Ithala SOC Limited, development finance institutions in KwaZulu-Natal who focus is facilitating investments in rural and peri-urban areas.

INkosi Mkhize has a degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a certificate in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr Navin Singh

Navin Singh is the Co-Director of the Mandela Mining Precinct and the Manager for Mining R&D at the CSIR. He has been in the Mining industry for 23 years and has a degree in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Masters in Mining Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.

  • Started his career at South Deep Gold Mine in 1996 and was the Chief Rock Engineer (Operations) till 2000. He joined Olympic Dam (Copper) Mine in South Australia and was as Senior Geotechnical Engineer for Western Mining Corporation, till end 2001. Returned to South Africa at CSIR and was Programme Manager for Mining R&D before joining Goldfields Ltd as New Technology Manager in 2006. He then started at the Mine Health & Safety Council (2008-2014) as the Chief Research and Operations Officer.
  • In 2015 as re-joined CSIR Manager for Mining R&D and played a central role in the development of the South African Mining Extraction Research Development and innovation Strategy which led to the establishment of the Mandela Mining Precinct .
  • Serves as a Non-executive Director on Coaltech Research Association.
  • Non-executive Director on Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa
  • Fellow of South African National Institute of Rock Engineering.
  • Fellow of Southern African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy
  • Appointed to serve on Limpopo Premiers’ Advisory committee on economic growth

Currently in the role as Director of the Mandela Mining Precinct, Navin is actively involved in driving activities focussing on re-establishing South Africa’s dominance in Mining R&D and building a mining equipment manufacturing capability. Navin is passionate and fully committed towards ensuring localisation of technologies and manufacturing within the border of South Africa in support of the transformation agenda as well as the strengthening and diversification of the economy of the country.