Minerals Processing is a specialist field in Chemical Engineering and deals with the physical and chemical processes used especially to extract metals from ores. The chemical industry is one of the greatest gross domestic product contributors in South Africa. Chemical engineering is one of the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Your options as a chemical engineer in South Africa and abroad are:

  • Chemical manufacturers and other industries, such as: petroleum refining, synthetic fuel manufacture, food processing, brewing, minerals processing, paper and pulp, pollution control, manufacture of synthetic fibres, fertilizers and explosives 
  • Organizations as: CSIR, AECI, ESKOM, Sasol, AEC, Sentrachem 
  • Consulting firms
  • Government departments 
  • Universities

Contact details:

  • Prof. Frans Waanders
  • School Director: Chemical and Mineral Engineering
  • 018 299 1994
  • frans.waanders@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 149A
  • Ms. Annieta Bok
  • Secretary
  • 018 299 1998
  • annieta.bok@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 151A
  • Sanet Botes
  • Financial Officer
  • 018 299 1656
  • sanet.botes@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 156
  • Prof. Marco le Roux
  • Program manager
  • 018 299 1990
  • marco.leroux@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 148A