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Pit Superintendent – Drill & Blast (Mining / Open-Pit / Blasting Ticket) – Northern Cape, South Africa

About Company

CA Global Headhunters is an international staffing company with a specific focus on recruitment in Africa. Our extensive, diverse candidate network built up over 10 years comprises the most skilled and experienced candidates. We recruit talent of the highest standards across African sectors, including Mining, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Banking, Finance, Legal, Insurance, Commodities, and Agriculture. As African markets continue to grow and develop, so too does our skill and expertise, ensuring that we deliver the best service to both clients and candidates.

Thanks to our access to global networks and resources, we understand our clients’ cultures, operations, business strategies, and industries. We are always on par with the latest technologies and trends which assist us in sourcing the best talent for clients. Whatever stage of the project lifecycle, we can put forward the right candidates with the right skills.

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Pit Superintendent who will manage all drilling and blasting related activities on site to achieve production and safety targets with the best levels of efficiency and effectiveness, abiding by all the procedures and standards set within the company. The incumbent will ensure that all Production, Drilling and other related SOP’s are adhered to and maximize allocated equipment utilization to ultimately ensure that site production targets are met.


  • Manage Drill & Blast activities and allocated personnel (Foremen and Drill Rig Operators) on Shift to ensure that all Production, Drilling and other related SOP’s are adhered to.
  • Manage allocated subordinates/teams and sub-contractor on shift to maximize equipment utilization and ensure that hourly, daily, weekly and monthly set Drilling meter and Drill Rig utilization targets are consistently achieved or exceeded.
  • Coordinate mining equipment and personnel activities (Take general charge of the overall drilling operation in collaboration with the Pit Superintendent: Load & Haul).
  • Ensure that Drilling plans are available and communicated to the Drilling Team at the commencement of each shift.
  • Ensure that all required Risk Assessments are available and discussed with Shifts before commencement of work.
  • Monitor pit stability and declare areas safe prior to operations.
  • Ensure that floor levels are maintained and ensure that Equipment is not exposed to damage.
  • Inspect and ensure that physical conditions are conducive to effective production rates.
  • Manage mining procedures according to standard operating procedures and legal requirements.
  • Provide solutions to ensure effective drilling and production process flow.
  • Optimize equipment utilization to maximize output and minimize expenditure.
  • Manage and optimize secondary equipment to ensure achievement of production targets.
  • Liaise with Blasting Service Provider and the Client in terms of all blasting activities and Blasting Plan.
  • Assess powder factors and investigate/monitor blasting fragmentation; implement plans and techniques to improve blasting results.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in accordance with SHE standards.
  • Ensure effective Communication on Site.
  • Manage discipline and initiate disciplinary action in line with applicable disciplinary procedures, where required.
  • Ensure that Operators are well trained and declared competent in terms of the Standard Operating Procedures.

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Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • At least 8 years’ Drilling experience in an opencast mining environment of which at least 3-5 years must be in a similar role carrying a 2.9.2 legal appointment and overseeing Drilling Foremen/ Supervisors.
  • Mining Degree or National Diploma in Mining Engineering (Advantageous).
  • Grade 12.
  • Surface / Opencast blasting certificate.
  • Competency A training.
  • Code EB Driver’s license.
  • Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control Training (HIRAC).
  • Must have successfully completed Strata Control 2 course.
  • Good computer competency (MS Office) and numerically orientated.
  • South African Citizens are encouraged to apply

Benefits and Contractual information:

  • Competitive salary package
  • Permanent opportunity


If you wish to apply for the position, please use this link

CA Mining will respond to short-listed candidates only. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions.

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