New general manager to lead Maptek in Africa

Gideon Slabbert, GM, Maptek South Africa.

Maptek has appointed Gideon Slabbert to the role of General Manager, South Africa.

Slabbert replaces Nick Venter, who will join Maptek’s North American operations as Director of Sales and Technical Sales Support.

Slabbert joined Maptek in 2017 as BlastLogic Product Manager and quickly demonstrated strong leadership, and an intimate understanding of customer requirements and challenges in the region.

He is keen to drive uptake of applications that will help embed digital and automation tools for mining operations in the region.

Implementing change in the mining environment has always been a challenge, Slabbert said.

“Maptek understands the pain-points for end users and mine managers associated with changing technology. It’s an aspect of site implementation that we take very seriously to ensure our customers get the utmost benefit from their investment,” he added.  

Slabbert believes that mining challenges are complex and evolving and that Maptek has the mining background and software development expertise to meet the challenge.

“As a professional Mining Engineer with production and technology exposure I have seen how technology can unlock unrealised value,” added Slabbert. “We will continue to deliver high impact software and hardware technologies to mining operations in Africa, while extending the Maptek reach across the continent.”

Having built the Blastlogic team into a successful operation, Slabbert proved the natural successor to Nick Venter, who leaves Maptek’s South Africa operations in very good health, the company said.

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