Lizette Verster specialises in applying technical knowledge and research outcomes in industrial applications to improve process performance.

Lizette holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in Control Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and is a minerals processing engineer with more than 15 years industrial experience, with a strong focus on process monitoring and quality control as well as driving continuous optimisation programs at the various operations where she has worked.

Lizette has extensive experience in the processing of both precious group metals (PGM’s) while working for Anglo Platinum,  and with iron ore processing while working with SIMEC Mining (previously Arrium Mining).

Significant projects that Lizette has been involved with include:

  • commissioning of ultra-fine grinding circuits in both a main stream and regrind application as well as downstream flotation optimisation,
  • commissioning & operation of a greenfield PGM concentrator that included implementing sampling protocols and training of the operations teams,
  • commissioning and operation of a greenfield gravity separation plant for the treatment of low grade iron ore and
  • implementing & managing the metallurgical ore characterisation test program for both a PGM and magnetite concentrator.

During her career, Lizette has regularly collaborated with multi-disciplinary teams in areas ranging from commissioning, process operations, supply chain and mine planning to metallurgical technical services.

Lizette has a strong desire to use her industry experience in conducting applied research to address future challenges of the mining and minerals processing industry.