Friday, April 12, 2024

Work Experience


 Whilst in the employment of others, Sundras Pather and specialist consultant, Kumesh Naidoo, have conducted and managed various geotechnical projects throughout South Africa and neighbouring African countries.  Some of these projects are tabulated below.

Type of ProjectName of Project and Description


Goldfields, Beatrix No. 3 Shaft:

Developmental and stope geological mapping, rock face stability recommendations using rock bolt anchors and gunite, sampling of ore body for gold assaying.

Richards Bay Minerals (RBM):

Geotechnical investigations for extension of ore deposit to the south (Zulti South)

Rio Tinto QMM Madagascar Minerals Mining Project:

Assessment of sulphate acid generation potential of mineralized sands.  Geotechnical investigations for mineral separation plant, housing, haul roads, bridges, pollution control ponds, quarry etc.

Premier Diamond Mine, Cullinan:

Examination of block cave development layout problems including potential for stress damage to tunnels and concrete tunnel linings and required support system

Placer Dome Western Areas Joint Venture, South Deep Mine, Randfontein:

Shaft stability and support requirements

Broken Hill, Black Mountain, Eastern Cape:

Analysis of rock mass ratings and mine design criteriaDe Beers, Kleinsee Diamond Mine – Analysis of large diameter hole stability using an auger in weak sediments

De Beers, Kleinsee Diamond Mine:

 Analysis of large diameter hole stability using an auger in weak sediments

Geohydrological and Groundwater Protocol / Characterization

Borehole siting, construction supervision, pump testing installation recommendations for groundwater supply projects throughout KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique

Moma Mineral Sands Project (Mozambique):

Groundwater and surface water studies

Spring development programmes involving design, supervision and materials control

Groundwater and contamination studies of various landfill and cemetery sites throughout KwaZulu-Natal

Esikhaweni Township:

Groundwater protocol and water resource survey

Richards Bay Minerals (RBM):

Groundwater characterization through ore body

Industrial Developments

Tata Steel Richards Bay:

 Site geologist and foundation design assistance

Richards Bay Coal Terminal:

 Geotechnical investigations and foundation design assistance for expansions

Bayside and Hillside Alluminium Smelter Expansions:

 Geotechnical investigations and foundation design assistance for expansions

Townships and Infrastructure Upgrade Projectsndustrial Developments

Numerous urban housing projects for the eThekwini Municipality and numerous rural housing projects throughout the country:

Site investigations, foundation design and project management

Pipeline Routes, Bulk Water Supply Schemes and Reservoirs

H42 Bulk Water Pipeline in Pretoria:

Site investigation and foundation design for 1000mm diameter pipeline

Cabazana Bulk Water Supply:

Site investigations and foundation design for numerous reservoirs

Ozwathini Water Supply Project:

Site investigations and foundation design for numerous reservoirs

Vant's Drift Water Abstraction Structure:

Site investigation, foundation design for structure and recommendations for grout anchors

Slope Stability and Road Cutting Assessments

P416 Umzimkhulu Slip Failure:

 Geotechnical assessment and remedial measures for slip failure

P16-2 Kranskop:

 Stability and material quality assessments of road cuttings and design for remediation

P68 Ndwedwe Slip Failures:

 Geotechnical assessments and remedial measures for slip failures

 Richards Bay Minerals (RBM):

 Assessment of coastal dune stability in proximity to dredge mining operations

Roads, Culverts, Railway Lines and Bridges

Geotechnical investigations and foundation recommendations for numerous river bridge crossings and culverts throughout KwaZulu-Natal for Department of Transport (DoT)

Major Projects in South Africa

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban:

 Supervision of piling and pile load testing, geotechnical fieldwork and reporting for diaphragm wall foundations for arch

 NMPP Multi Products Pipeline:

Geotechnical design for coastal fuel terminal and several inland pump stations

Tata Steel Richards Bay:

Geotechnical design for plant and ancillary structures

Mandlakazi Bulk Water Supply Scheme:

Foundation design for 90km of pipeline and 15 reservoirs