Feb 24, 2021

Mine Overseer (Shift Superintendent)

  • Sasol Group
  • Secunda, South Africa
Full time Mining

Job Description

Job Req Id: 83181

Operating entity: UBE: Mining (Various Mines)

Geographical area: Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Role category: Execution

Sasol Mining operates six coal mines that supply feedstock for our Southern African integrated value chain. The coal supplied to Secunda Synfuels Operations (SSO) is mainly used as gasification feedstock and some is used to generate electricity. The coal supplied to Sasolburg Operations (SO) is used to generate electricity and steam. We also export coal from the Twistdraai Export Plant to international power generation customers via the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.


This position will be in support of Full Calender Operation (Fulco)

Provide the leadership required to create high performance teams - capable of reaching all their targets, as well as to do the coaching required for the teams to function successfully without supervision. Execute the statutory duties according to Regulation 2.14.1.


1. Safe Production – Manage and carry out tactical strategies on a day to day basis that ensure that departments KPI's are met –to produce safe coal tons / cm / shift

- Availability of Equipment Downtime / shift / MTTF /MTTR (infrastructure and in-section equipment)

- Adherence to Overhaul / maintenance program – plan vs. actual

2. Implements operational projects, ensures operating compliance, develops and implements engineering Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in appointed area of responsibility

- Ensures adherence to Operating principles and legislation

- Compliance to governance bodies (standardisation committees)

- SOP / COP implementation and adherence

3. Assess economics / engineering viability of non-major engineering business cases and provides specific, in-section expertise and coaching

- Total cost of ownership (TCO)

- % delivery against OE initiatives

4. Carry out condition monitoring programs in appointed area of responsibility

- Compliance to Condition monitoring program schedules

- Failure trend analysis and root cause elimination

- Execution of Predictive Maintenance recommendations (backlog)

5. Safe Production – Support departments to achieve set targets by coordinating planning within appointed area of responsibility

- Rand per ton (R/t), Tons per CM per shift (t/cm/shift)

- Volumes vs. monthly TQF (Including Quality)

6. (Finance) – Control costs to ensure production volumes are achieved within budget

- Delivery against budget and reporting calendar vs. target

7. (SHE) – Ensure best in class safety performance and continuous improvement of key safety metrics to maintain required RCR

- SHE compliance rates vs. targets (especially major findings), % outstanding actions on findings

- Zero harm, Zero fatalities, LWDCR

8. Recruitment, training, coaching and career development

- Vacancy rates vs. Staff Establishment (vacancies incl. Absence due to TSD / PSD), AWOP, and Successors for critical positions

- Key role turnover rate vs. industry average, absenteeism, employee engagement and enablement score (%), Tons/man/year, Monthly bonus targets

- Training days for department

- Planned Task observations

Please note:

In line with Sasol’s commitment to Employment Equity, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups.

In addition to a pre-employment medical examination, some positions may require a physical fitness assessment as part of the normal selection criteria.


- Grade 12 with Maths and Science

- Red Ticket

-Certificate in Blasting, Gas Testing, Competent A

- Mine Overseer Certificate of Competence

- Code 8 driver’s license

- Underground Coal Mining Experience, of which a minimum of 3 years as a Production Shiftboss


- B Eng. / BSc Eng. with 12 months’ work experience as Shiftboss during the Candidate Engineer time period with Mine Overseer Certificate of Competence


- Set Direction

- Drive

- Competitive Edge

- Inspirational
- Builds Talent


- Supporting the mine in delivering on safe production within the budgeted allowances for engineering maintenance, balancing production targets with maintenance practices

- Managing relationships between the mining and engineering departments

- Ensuring that the various sets of legal requirements and engineering principles are met with in the operational environment

- Influx of new technology that requires highly skilled workforce to manage the complexity

- The management of service providers operating in the area of responsibility, providing sufficient supervision

- The management of the procurement and supply side of the operational environment


- This position has a 2.14.1 legal appointment and is accountable for managing the operational solutions and governance within the area of appointment at a mine within a highly regulated industry

- Remote locations+A64ations, Equipment and infrastructure are underground and may be located over a wide area, the availability must be managed to ensure production targets are met

- Complex interfaces with contractors and suppliers also exits

- Information from various sources needs to be analyzed, interpreted and integrated to make trade-off decisions in the best interest of the area of responsibility


Failure to provide Sasol with truthful information and valid documents will render your application null and void.

The Sasol Group / Sasol Mining will never request you to make any cash deposits/payments as part of the recruitment process.

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