Willie Laing - Senior Manager Smelter Retrofit

Appointed October 1985

Willie joined Palabora Mining Company as Senior Analyst in the Chemical Laboratory and has worked his way up through the ranks.  He has extensive experience in the operational and technical aspects of copper smelting and sulphuric acid production. He has gained valuable experience as the manager in several service departments in the Palabora environment i.e. Safety, Process Improvement, Maintenance Planning, Information Services and Project Management.

Willie was involved with the Lift II project as the project manager for all the Surface Works including the two magnetite projects.  He was the leader of the team that did the successful recovery of the production shaft after the rope failure in 2012.


Willie holds a Bachelor of Science degree (majors in Chemistry & Statistics) and a Management Develop Program certificate, both from UNISA.