Marek Dworzanowski, recently appointed President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), was inaugurated at the SAIMM Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 22 August, 2013.Dworzanowski – a technical specialist at Technical Solutions: Research with Anglo American – said he would be focused on adding value to the organisation during his tenure. “Being elected the President of the SAIMM is a great honour indeed. As the new incoming President for 2013/2014 I will strive to further grow the membership and influence of the Institute locally and in Southern Africa, as well as broaden the scope of cooperation globally with our sister Institutes.” As incoming President, Dworzanowski will set the strategic direction for the Institute for the 12 months of his term. Apart from the above this will also mean being involved in SAIMM conferences and publications. He will also provide a monthly feedback to members in the SAIMM Journal.
The SAIMM is the professional home of the majority of mining engineers and metallurgists in Southern Africa. The responsibility of the President of the SAIMM, together with his or her fellow office bearers, is the general management of the institute.In addition to his professional role within Anglo American, Dworzanowski is currently chairman of The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) Professional Advisory Committee for Metallurgy. He is also a registered professional engineer with ECSA and a fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Anglo American executive director, Khanyisile Kweyama, believes Dworzanowski will excel in his role. “Anglo American strives to employ people with vision and leadership skills, and Marek is certainly an individual who fits this particular bill, as he has an illustrious career and is at the forefront of innovation and technological development within the mining industry. We are extremely proud of his appointment as the SAIMM president, and have no doubt that he will be an incomparable leader, and add real value to the efficiency and impact of the organisation.”