Business Development Director – Ian Mc Hardy

an started his working career in 1986 as an apprentice fitter and turner at President Brand Gold mining company. He was later placed onto the Anglo American Learner official training program and was awarded a bursary to attend the University of Witwatersrand where he obtained a BSc Electrical Engineering degree. Following a 2 year training program as a junior engineer at the various gold mines in the Free State Gold fields, he obtained a Government Certificate of Competency – Electrical Engineering. He developed extensive underground communications experience in the implementation of underground communications systems with the De Beers Group. After a brief period working inside the timber industry in SA, he returned to the mining industry as a supplier of ore management systems. He has been involved with the conceptualisation, specification and commercialisation of ore management systems for the last 12 years. Ian is passionate about the mining industry as a vehicle for upliftment of people who are prepared to take an active role in their own development.