Irvinne Simataa

Irvinne Simataa is an experienced mining executive and a registered Professional Engineer with a set of well-developed competencies and a diversified mineral commodities experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, a Senior Management Development Programme certificate from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Stellenbosch and further completed the Program for Management Excellence at the Gordon Institute of Business, University of Pretoria. He is currently reading for a Masters of Science in Engineering at The University of Witwatersrand.


Irvinne Simataa is currently the General Manager and Director of Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery. He has occupied various technical and management roles in the mining industry in the last 13 years. Prior to his current role, he has held key roles such as mining manager, mine planning manager and vessel manager and has an excellent track record managing multi-disciplinary technical and management teams at major mining companies such as NAMDEB Diamond Corporation (Pty) Ltd, AngloGold Ashanti, Debmarine Namibia and now Skorpion Zinc. Given the increasing need to find cost effective techno-economical means of extracting mineral resources safely and sustainability, he brings innovation and robust thinking to the table with this prime objective in mind


He continues to coach and mentor a number of young and upcoming engineers in the mining industry. He is passionate about competency development and innovation within mining as strategic levers to achieve a productivity step change.


In August 2021, he was appointed as Manager of Operations at Swakop Uranium mine.