Mafoko - Engineering Manager - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Morakabi Danny Mafoko

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Engineering Manager


As engineering manager I lead my team in development and implementation of strategies for plant acquisition, operations and maintenance. As engineering manager I coordinate the functions of a properly trained and experienced engineering team comprising design engineers, maintenance engineers, project engineers, planning team and others. I enable the team by providing the budget, machinery, equipment and tools for the successful acquisition and care of plant and machinery. I keep my team up to date with current and relevant personal and work related training and development. Through my knowledge and responsibility for legal compliance I institute proper change management and incident investigation in the plant. I oversee the application of engineering standards to ensure effective plant design for efficient energy use, safety and that plant and machinery do not compromise the quality of manufactured goods.

Work History

Technical Head (part time)

Open Trade Training Centre

From March 2014

(part time)

Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design

Vaal University of Technology

August 2012 - February 2014

I prepared and delivered lectures in design of mechanical engineering components, strength of materials , maintenance and continually assess students' acquired knowledge set and mark examinations, supervise BTec students' project work.


Fezile Engineering Solutions

From April 2012

Fezile Engineering Solutions is a new company that is owned by myself anf and a partner who is an industrial engineer.
We offer services in development and implementation of maintenance for various clients who may not have the skill or capacity to do this. We seek to capacitate especially municipalities and government structures in their maintenance efforts. We aim to help local government with the risk management of their engineering projects.


Department of Mechanical Engineering

August 2012 - February 2014

Key duties

From July 2013 to Feb 2014 Present lectures on Mechanical Engineering Design 3.
Present lectures on Mechanical Engineering Design 2.
Present lectures on Machine Design 3.
Supervising six B Tech students wrt project work

From Jan to June 2013 Present lectures on Mechanical Engineering Design 3.
Present lectures on Mechanical Engineering Design 2.
Present lectures on Maintenance Engineering 1.
Present lectures on Machine Design 3.
Present lectures on Strength of Materials 2.
Supervising six B Tech students wrt project work.

From Aug to Dec 2012 Present lectures on Mechanical Engineering Design 3.
Present lectures on Mechanical Engineering Design 2.
Present lectures on Maintenance Engineering 1.


Maintenance Engineer

Chain Products, Scaw Metals Group

August 2008 - November 2011

Manage the maintenance function, ensure legal compliance, implement the Anglo Fatal Risks Standards, manage change and operational and SHE risks, develop and control maintenance budget, manage the rebuilding of chain making machinery, determine critical spares and have them procured, manage plant shutdown and many more.

Maintenance Engineer

McKinnon Chain, Scaw Metals Group

August 2008 - November 2011

Top 3 Achievements i). Established maintenance planning function.
ii). Rebuild three chain forming machines.
iii). Implemented condition monitoring on chain making machines and electrical panels.
Key duties a. Manage the maintenance department resources
b. Manage department's finances and cost
c. Rebuild machines
d. Monitor energy usage
e. Perform duties of legal appointee GMR2.1
f. Do risk management and investigate incidents.

Reasons for leaving Poor support for maintenance strategy,
Responsibilities and remuneration were not commensurate.


Plant Engineer

November 2006 - February 2007

Manager for Workshops; Divisional Manager for Workshops and Metchem Services; Divisional Manager for SHERQ; Production Manager at Plate Mill.

Iscor Limited

September 1996 - March 2006

Ispat-Iscor and Mittal Steel, Vanderbijlpark. Sep 1996 to Mar 2006

Manager, Storage and Handling; Project and Engineering Manager

Iscor Limited

September 1996 - March 2006

Start date 30 September 1996 End date 31 March 2006
Top 3 Achievements i). Led the reengineering of Plate Mill to reduce costs by 40% as part of Opex Reengineering project.
ii). Achieved ISO 9000:2000, ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18000
iii). Restructured and managed the Workshops to recover operational costs from client departments within Iscor.
iv). Health and Safety training done by department enabled Iscor to claim R4.5m from the Skills Development Levy.

Key duties a. Manage the maintenance department resources to achieve production targets at Plate and Workshops.
b. Perform legal appointee duties such as establishing occupational hygiene risk assessments and getting production plants to reduce hazards.
c. Ensure that the company obtained and retained the ISO standards accreditation.
d. Support the manufacturing departments with production of engineering spares for their plants.
e. Support manufacturing plants with quality control functions.
f. Maintain materials handling equipment (rail wagons, crane and lifting equipment) for the manufacturing plants.

Reasons for leaving Wanted to have own company which would have included the Iscor workshops which at the time were underutilised. So when Iscor offered sweetened voluntary retrenchments package, I took the opportunity.

Job titles Manager, Storage and Handling; Project and Engineering Manager, Transvaal; Project Coordinator, Pretoria Depot; Mechanical Engineer, Head Office, Cape Town; Field Inspector, Western Province Engineering, Cape Town; Graduate Trainee, Johannesburg.

Technical head

BP Southern Africa

February 1986 - September 1996

Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Feb 1986 to Sep 1996.

Job title Technical head.

Institution Open Trade Training College
Part time work
Start date 1 March 2012
End date

Key duties Develop training materials using new refrigeration plants
The heating and cooling refrigeration unit with refrigerant R507,
Give lecturers on refrigeration.
Manage the lecturing staff.
Support business development efforts by
- Assessing condition of plants
- Assessing training needs for client's installations.

Job title Lecturer.

Manager for Storage Handling, Project and Depot Manager; Project Coordinator; Mechanical Engineer, Field Inspector.

BP Southern Africa

February 1986 - September 1996

Top 3 Achievements i). Doing the Depot Automation study and writing a report on it.
ii). Managing the construction of the Styrene Monomer handling facility at Cape Town harbour and the petroleum fuel depot in Milnerton, Cape Town.
iii). Coordinating the automation of the Pretoria Petroleum Products depot and overseeing the construction of fire fighting facilities in the Pretoria National Key Point in Waltloo, Pretoria.

Key duties a. Study, identify and source distribution depot automation systems.
b. Inspect and arrange maintenance work on customer bulk installations in the Western Cape and Cape Town harbour.
c. Coordinate the automation project at Pretoria Depot
d. Manage the maintenance department resources of the Transvaal office.
e. Manage refurbishment and installation projects at petroleum products depots in the Transvaal.

Reasons for leaving Needed more engineering exposure.


Computer technician

Burroughs Machines, JHB

October 1982 - January 1986

Top 3 Achievements i). None.

Key duties a. Repair computer printed circuit boards.
Load computer systems with applications software prior to delivery and installation at banking halls.

Other roles played at work

Role Company
1. Mentor of candidate engineers Iscor Limited (now ArcelorMittal Steel)
2. Non Executive Director IFM 102.2 Radio Station
3. Non Executive Director Collect A Can (Pty) Ltd

Qualifications & Certifications

Business Administration

University of Southern Queensland

Engineering Science

University of Exeter

leadership and management

Jabulani Technical School

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