Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa (Pty) Ltd Personnel

Michael Battersby

Chairman – MMSA (MMS shareholding 48%)

Michael Battersby is a co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd (MMS), based in Cardiff, Wales. He has 40 years’ experience in the minerals industry in operations, general mine management, technical consulting and corporate development. An early career in various gold, diamond & base metal operations in Africa, Europe, South America and Australia was followed by over 20 years work in commercialising innovative technology.  In 1997 he co-founded MMS with inventor and engineer Dr Rainer Imhof.  Mike is Chairman of a number of associated international companies including Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa Pty Ltd (MMS 48%) and Maelgwyn Australia Pty Ltd (MMS 100%).  In addition, he is also a director of Greenhills Technologies International Ltd. A privately owned mining and processing company looking to develop gold projects within Europe.

In 20 years MMS has become one of the leading technology development companies in the minerals processing industry. The company has invented, patented, developed and commercialised a range of different technologies and processes in the areas of froth flotation and gold processing. In 2001 MMS won the SmartWales award for the development of the G-Cell pneumatic flotation system. In 2006 the company won the “Celebration of Innovation” award for having the most innovative product to come out of Wales for the previous 25 years.

Mike has degrees in Mineral Processing (Cardiff University, Wales) and Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia). He is a Chartered Engineer and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (London), the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME (USA).

In 2012 Mike was appointed a director of the Coalition of Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) and in 2018 made chairman of the organisation. CEEC is a not for profit industry led international organisation whose aim is the acceleration of awareness of the industry to improve energy utilisation in the major area of comminution (size reduction).

In addition, Mike has previously sat on the boards of both the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and its associate member, Welsh Triathlon Limited. The BTF is recognised as one of the world’s leading sporting NGB’s in areas of governance and leadership, whilst it has been the most successful triathlon nation at the last two Olympic Games. Mike also participates in the sport at age group level. He is a former British Age Group Champion, multiple Welsh Champion and has represented team Great Britain at both the European and World Triathlon Championships over a number of years

Peter Sullivan

MMSA Director

Peter has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University, UK and an MSc from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.  Peter started his mining career with the National Coal Board in the UK and also later worked seven years as a project manager with the South African Chamber of Mines Research, mainly investigating coal mining techniques. In 1982, he joined DeBeers and was seconded to Angola as a mining engineer working on the state-owned diamond mines. After this period with DeBeers Peter has spent many years in Angola running various diamond operations as operations manager. In 1992 he was one of the initial six employees of ITM Mining Limited who established mining operations after the curtailment of the civil war in Angola. The company grew to become one of the largest revenue producers in Angola. Peter then spent seven years as Director do Projecto for Sociedade Mineira do Lucapa, an ENDIAMA state controlled diamond mining company.  Peter is currently a director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd. based in Cardiff, Wales and also the Managing Director of Greenhills Technologies International Ltd.; a private company looking to develop mining and processing projects in Europe.

Peter lives on the coast between Lisbon and Cascais in Portugal and spends his free time trying to improve his golf handicap.

John Batty

General Manager

John has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and has over 30 years’ experience working in the mining industry.  John worked for Gencor / Billiton / BHP Billiton where the initial part of his career was spent working in a production environment on gold mines in both South Africa and Brazil. John then moved into R&D and spent many years working on bioleach development for gold and also base metals.

John’s expertise is in refractory ores where he has experience in roasting, pressure oxidation and bioleaching. John was the Manager of Process Engineering at BHP Billiton and then moved to SGS South Africa where he managed the Metallurgy and Mineralogy division. Prior to joining Maelgwyn he was the Business Development Manager for Mintek

Hennie Stallknecht

Metallurgical Manager and Flotation Specialist

Hennie holds a National Higher Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from the Wits Technicon in Johannesburg. He has over 40 years’ experience in laboratory and pilot plant scale technology development, plant operation and optimization. During this time he was employed by JCI, The South African Chamber of Mines, BHP Billiton (Head of Minerals Engineering), Mintek and as Manager of Flotation Technologies with SGS Lakefield Research Africa.

Key areas of expertise include management of minerals beneficiation projects for base metals, precious metals and industrial minerals on laboratory and pilot plant scale. Specific experience includes froth flotation, gravity separation and heavy medium separation and associated flow sheet development.

Peter Lotz

Gold Process and Environmental Manager

Peter holds a BTech degree in organic chemical synthesis from Basel, Switzerland. His work experiences include working in the chemical R+D environment (5 years, CIBA-GEIGY, Switzerland), environmental technology field (7 years, DOLDER, Switzerland) and metallurgical R+D (5+15 years, MINTEK, South Africa). He was one of the module leaders in AMIRA’s P497 project on cyanide deportment around tailings dams. The last position at MINTEK was the one of Head: Gold Process & Environment where he was responsible for directing the research and commercial testwork project work of a group active in the global gold sector.

His areas of expertise include gold leach technology, refractory ores, cyanide management (including cyanide mass balancing, destruction and analytical methodologies) as well as general mining related sustainability issues (arsenic, water management). He is a listed ICMI cyanide management code auditor and has actively participated in the formation of the code as well as many gap and certification audits.

Stephen Stone

Manager Finance and Administration

Stephen started his studies in financial accounting and auditing in 1984 and graduated at Rand Afrikaans University while completing his articles with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) firm of chartered accountants. He is a practicing financial accountant and tax practitioner with more than 30 years working experience in the financial sector.

Stephen has a unique combination of skills in the following areas: Financial accounting  reporting and analysis, Corporate and personal taxes, business strategy and development, board governance and company secretarial practice, risk management, management, project management and negotiation.

He joined Maelgwyn in 2012 and has also worked for Brigadiers Motion Picture Company, Protekon (Division of Transnet) and UWP Consulting Engineers.

Stephen is a registered CIPC agent and SARS Tax Practitioner and holds memberships with The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) (Practicing) and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (Practicing).

Juan-David Van der Merwe

Business Development Manager

Juan holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from North West University and is registered as a candidate engineer. He has 10 years’ experience in the mining industry and fulfilled the roles of Production Metallurgist at Gold Fields, Head of the Gold Technologies at SGS South Africa and more recently Laboratory Manager at MMSA.

Areas of expertise include gravity separation, froth flotation, gold and base metal leaching, as well as cyanide destruction.

Sonestie Janse Van Rensburg

Laboratory Manager

Sonestie has 12 years’ experience in leaching, pre-feasibility and feasibility testing for process flowsheet design, with the last 8 years focussed on gold leach optimisation and gold related environmental issues.

She is qualified with a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry (Warwick University, UK) and successfully completed a Master’s Degree Course in Hydrometallurgy Engineering (presented by Dr Mike Nicol, University of Cape Town).

She worked at MINTEK as a Gold Project Leader/ Process Engineer for 9 years and prior to that worked at BHP Billiton as a Junior Engineer.

Makhora Kgwahla

Research and Development Manager

Makhora holds a BTech in Laboratory Management from Tshwane University of Technology as well as a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry from Wits Technicon and has over 14 years’ experience in mining laboratories. He began his career as an Analytical Chemist at Impala Platinum Refinery before joining BHP Billiton as Technical Assistant. Makhora then moved to Gabon to set up an analytical laboratory to support the mineral exploration division as Laboratory Specialist.

Area of expertise include leaching, froth flotation and the inspection and maintenance of MMSA’s deployed technology.

Solomon Mogashoa

Applications/Process Engineer

Solomon holds a BEng degree in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Pretoria and has 6 years’ experience in the gold mining industry. He started his career with Gold Fields / Sibanye Gold as a Production Metallurgist where he was instrumental in commissioning and optimisation of the world’s first acid 1000 online lime analyser.

Areas of interest are general hydrometallurgical leaching processes, metals recovery as well as cyanide management (commissioning and optimisation of cyanide destruction processes).

Solomon joined MMSA in 2014 and is responsible for the commissioning, inspection and related maintenance of MMSA’s deployed technology across sub-Saharan Africa.

Epiphania Mariba


Epiphania holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her work experience includes 2 years spent at Anglo American Research where the main focus was piloting a hydrometallurgical process. After that she spent 4 years at Vanchem Vanadium Products as a Process Engineer in the Process Development department. The role involved day to day monitoring of the different processes used in vanadium production, new product development as well as carrying out process improvement testwork for implementation in the plant.

Koketso Busang


Koketso has a Btech Degree in metallurgical engineering from the Tshwane University of Technology and she is currently completing a BSc Hons in extractive metallurgy at the University of Pretoria.

She commenced her career as a trainee metallurgist at Tharisa Minerals and spent 2 years with Senmin International’s research and development laboratory as a metallurgist, before joining MMSA.

Prince Thobela

Chief Leach Technician

Prince started at Barberton Mines in 1989 as a plant operator before moving on to the mine’s metallurgical laboratory as Met Lab assistant in 1993 until 2005. In 2005 he joined MMSA as supervisor for the Imhoflot flotation plant at TGME mine. In 2010 he was transferred to the MMSA laboratory when TGME mine closed down.

Lomax Sani

Chief Flotation Technician

Lomax started at Mintek as a flotation laboratory assistant then became a flotation laboratory technician, before joining SGS Johannesburg as a senior flotation technician. He has over 12 years’ experience in laboratory and pilot plant flotation.

Solly Mokhomo

Pilot Plant Supervisor

Solly started as a production operator on a gold mine in 1981 and then moved on to Gencor/ Billiton/ BHP Billiton laboratory in 1984 until 2007 where he gained experience in pilot operations for leaching and flotation projects. He then joined SGS as a pilot plant technician before joining MMSA.