Head of Hematite promotes onwards and upward attitude
27 March 2023
Kuda Makoni has some simple advice for those embarking on a career with GFG Alliance … look onwards and upwards.
That is exactly what Kuda has done since joining the SIMEC Mining iron ore operation in Whyalla in 2014 as a Mine Planning and Supply Chain Planning Coordinator. In nine short years, he has progressed through the ranks to be Head of Hematite.
With a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering obtained in Zimbabwe, Kuda worked for mining companies in Africa and Central Queensland before moving to Whyalla.
It took just three years for him to promoted to Operations Manager for Crushing & Screening and Ore Beneficiation, two more years to become Manager Magnetite Processing before promotion to his current position in 2021.
Hematite is mined in the Middelback Ranges and plays a critical role in supplying the Australian steel industry and international markets with high quality iron ore used in steelmaking.
“There are lots of opportunities within GFG if you are prepared to work and put yourself forward,” Kuda said.
“You just need to engage with the people, identify opportunities and put yourself in the best possible position to fill those gaps.”
For Kuda, this also involved extra study. While in Queensland he completed a Masters in Mining Engineering before studying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA), in his own time, in Whyalla.
“The MBA has definitely helped me with my career progression,” Kuda said.
“It taught me a lot of about how business is done around the world and has given me a lot of skills that I use every day in my current position and personal life.”
Working for SIMEC Mining has had other benefits. Working “drive-in, drive-out” in Central Queenslands forced Kuda to be away from his family but he now has a real family-orientated work/life balance.
“Having more home life allowed me to be a real mentor for my son who has now gone on to become a civil engineer,” Kuda said.
“Whyalla is one of the best and most beautiful ‘mining towns’ I have ever lived and worked in.
“It has everything you need … a good life for my family and more sustainability for my career.”
Hard to argue with that … Kuda moved to Whyalla for what he thought would be “a couple of years” and is now approaching ten years with plenty more on the horizon.
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