Appointed at Sasol's Sigma Colliery as Resident Engineer.

Carries full statutory responsibility for all machinery and is also responsible for the execution of all capital projects, all engineering design work, the operation of all coal transport systems and the surface crushing and screening plant as well as the maintenance of all equipment (underground, surface and infra- structure). Achievements during this period includes the building and installation of a computerised maintenance system, a decrease in maintenance costs of 10% in real terms, high average availability of equipment (80% plus) and the lowering of the engineering department's accident frequency to well below the industry average. The engineering department in this way contributed to the achievement of long wall and continious miner world records as well as an National Productivity Institute award for productivity improvement.