Thanyani Nthangeni

Thanyani Nthangeni

Community Affairs Manager

Umsibithi Mining

Ndivhuho Thanyani Nthangeni was born in Makwarela Township situated in Thulamela district far North of Limpopo province. He is married to Welheminah Motene Nthangeni and they are blessed with two talented boys Ronewa (13 years old Music DJ and Ndivhuho (11 years old Chef).

Thanyani started his career in 1995 and have 26 years working experience; 19 years in Mining industry and 7 years in non-mining industry.

He has acquired the following qualifications:

  • Honours degree in Labour Relations and HR in 1999 with UPE,
  • Postgraduate diploma in Law in 2017 with WITS,
  • Certificate in  Advanced Sustainability Management Programme with The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) & The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).
  • Certificate in Management of Community Benefits & Partnerships in 2019 with WITS.

What are his hobbies? He loves farming (Livestock and vegetables), playing golf and board games.

What’s the one thing he is grateful for?  Being able to do what he enjoys the most, changing people’s lives, building relationships, being healthy and gift of life.

What are some of the biggest projects he ever implemented? Phola Waste Management Project (Both Sewerage and domestic Waste). The fact that he was hands on with community members and to get to know them personally, to relate well and to improve relationship between community and the mine.

What was his best personal moment?  Spending time with his wife, kids as well as his Mom and Dad.

What does he look for when adjudicating a project? He looks at impact, collaboration/partnership with key stakeholders to ensure mobilisation of resources, collective drive and shared vision. He does not focus on value.