Robyn Sally Mellett is the CEO and Founder of OMI Solutions (Pty) Ltd (OMI). She is a focused and resolute professional with over nineteen (19) years of experience in project management for an array of environmental projects in the mining, agriculture, and residential sectors. She is recognised internationally for her contribution to Science and Environmental Sustainability and was awarded her Fellow Membership with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA) in 2022, for her ability to communicate and implement environmental and sustainability objectives, raising the position of and respect for women within the mining industry and for her commitment to professional development and continuous learning at all levels within OMI.
She has an in-depth knowledge of the mining sector in 4 countries, namely South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and has long-standing relationships with their regulators. She has further played an advisory role in environmental research, education, awareness, and outreach in 5 countries, namely Afghanistan, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, and Taiwan. In Afghanistan, she worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
During her mining career, she has provided in-house support both strategically and operationally to 8 mining houses. She was responsible for overall Environmental Management ensuring compliance to all approvals and licenses. She undertook in-house due diligence prior to purchasing, assisted with rolling-out integration after-sale, and guided operational teams through operational readiness in preparation for mining. Her knowledge of environmental legal compliance auditing is extensive, covering a variety of commodities, such as PGMs, iron ore, gold, uranium, silver, diamond, dolomite, lime, ferromanganese, coal, copper, nickel, cobalt, chrome, aggregate and cement. She has further facilitated public relations campaigns and extensive public participation processes.
She is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with SACNASP, a Professional member of the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA), and an Associate Member of the Institute of Risk Management in South Africa (IRMSA). She is also a certified member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). She is a registered beekeeper and member of the South African Bee Industry Organisation and she is a registered Information Officer with the Information Regulator of South Africa.
Furthermore, she is a member of the following associations: the International Association for Impact Assessment in South Africa (IAIASA), the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (MSAICE), the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA), the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS), the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Africa (NICOLA), the Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA), the Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA) / International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), the Environmental Law Association (ELA), the South African Renewable Energy Association (SAAEA) and the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA).
Nosipho Sithole holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; subsequent to obtaining this degree she completed qualifications in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently registered as a Candidate Environmental Assessment Practitioner with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) and is a voluntary member of the International Association for Impact Assessment, South Africa (IAIASA) as well the Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa (IWMSA).
Nosipho has over 4 years’ of applied research and consulting experience in the Integrated Environmental Management Field. She is experienced in the facilitation of Environmental Authorisation processes and the compilation of Basic Assessment and Scoping & Environmental Impact Reporting as well as Environmental Management Programme Reports. She also has experience in undertaking Water Use Licence Applications, Waste Management Licence Applications, Environmental Compliance Audits, compiling Integrated Water and Waste Management Plans, Watercourse Rehabilitation Plans, Stakeholder Engagements & Public Participation Process, Geographical Information Systems Mapping and Project Management. Her project experience covers all aspects of development from Mining, Renewable Energy, Industrial and Residential developments.
Reneé Kruger has a Master’s degree in environmental management from North-West University. Preceding this Degree, she obtained a BSc Honours Geography and Environmental Management and BSc in Geography and Zoology. She is registered as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner at EAPASA and registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with SACNASP. Reneé is also a voluntary member of the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIAsa) and is currently serving on the National Executive Committee. Her Master’s thesis was based on the quality of EIA reports within the filling station sector, a topic which stems from her passion for quality EIA’s for a sustainably operated environment.
She has been working in the field since 2007 as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner, conducting and implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment Process throughout all phases – covering residential, mine, industrial and commercial developments. Her experience also includes water and waste licence applications, integrated waste and water management plans and atmospheric emissions licenses. She has extensive experience in conducting public participation processes and liaison with government departments.
Other experience and skills include geographic information systems (GIS), project management and various projects to implement environmental management plans and other impact reduction and environmental legal compliance measures in the mining industry. She is also an experienced on-site Environmental Compliance Officer - in both construction and operational environments.
Chantal Uys is an Environmental Assessment Practitioner and has been working in the environmental management field since 2008. She has an Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Pretoria; subsequent to this degree she completed qualifications in Geographical Information Systems (UP) and Environmental Management (NWU). Chantal is registered as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA). She is also a voluntary member of the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIAsa) and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA).
She is experienced in the facilitation of Environmental Authorisation processes and the compilation of Environmental Management Programmes. She also has experience in various other environmental authorisation processes such as Mining and Prospecting Right Applications, Water Use Licence Applications, Waste Management Licence Applications and Atmospheric Emission Licence Applications. Chantal’s skill set further includes Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Mapping, Environmental and Legal Compliance Audits, compiling Integrated Waste and Water Management Plans, public participation processes and project management. Her environmental implementation project experience is extensive in scope and covers a wide range of developments - from structures, roads, dams, bridges, bulk water and sewerage services to industrial, residential, and mining developments. She has project experience in South Africa as well as in other African countries.
Corporate Governance & Finance
Dave Starley has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry having started as a learner surveyor and then learner miner in the chrysotile asbestos mines in Zimbabwe. The mining methods employed were both conventional and mechanised block caving in massive orebodies. Realising that a decent qualification was a distinct advantage he resigned after 6 years of employment to put himself through university. This was conducted during the period of 1980 to 1984 after which he graduated with a BS (Honours) Mining degree. He started on the Higher National Diploma (HND) course as a mature student but was then invited to join the degree course, after the first year, as a result of his positive performance. He returned to his previous employer after graduating, where he worked for 3 years before moving to South Africa in order to further his career.
He had a short period of employment on a mid to deep level gold mine to gain experience in tabular, narrow reef, shallow dipping, conventional gold mining stoping operations, and obtained his South African blasting certificate. Subsequently he moved to the brand new, highly mechanised Lefkochrysos Platinum Mine on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex (BIC).
During his time at Lefkochrysos he obtained his Mine Managers Certificate of Competency. It was also the beginning of his nearly 30 years of platinum mining experience, all of which were on either virtually brand new or greenfield/grassroots platinum mining ventures, and encompassed highly mechanised, outcropping, and shallow dipping sites.
Lefkochrysos and Lonmin’s Eastern Platinum operations were in the early stages of development when he joined. On the other hand, he joined both Hartley Platinum (Zimbabwe, Great Dyke) and Kroondal Platinum Mine (South Africa, Western Limb BIC) during the feasibility stages and saw both operations through to steady state production.
Kroondal Platinum, both underground and open-pit, was such a successful operation that Anglo Platinum (Anglo Plats) entered into a Pooling and Sharing Agreement (PSA) with Kroondal so that the latter could mine and process the contiguous Anglo Plats’ orebodies. A second PSA was entered into (PSA2) due to the ongoing success of the original PSA. This further necessitated the need for development and construction of other shaft systems (K5, K6 and Marikana 4) which could access other orebody blocks. These required both feasibility studies and extensive pre-planning.
Dave Starley therefore has extensive experience in managing the planning, development and bringing into full production of platinum mining ventures. This experience has also been used to assist in the pre-feasibilities of other mechanised mining operations in a consulting role.
Anika le Roux is an animator and illustrator with a B.A. in Film Arts, double majoring in 3D Animation and Motion Design. She is also a traditional and digital artist with experience in illustration and graphic design. She creates infographics, illustrations and animations for client projects, reports, proposals and checklists. She also does marketing design, manages the company’s social media pages and website, and assists in compiling educational content which is used in fund raising for NGO’s and Trust Funds, the training of employees, environmental awareness workshops and public participation meetings.
Norman Mellett has a Diploma in Office Management and a Certificate in Computer Graphic Art. He enjoys organising and ensuring processes run smoothly. He is analytical, with a good eye for detail, having worked as a Data Analyst in the FMCG Industry. He was also a facilitator for a Customer Relations Programme which ensured staff gave the highest level of quality service to customers. He is currently a personal assistant to the Managing Director, assisting with the management of all legal mining documents and does quality control of the central document database. He also assists with the invoicing of clients each month.