Heloise Thiele is Specialist Consultant with Mintek, a global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation.
The main focus of Heloise’s work is flowsheet development on a variety of mineral commodities. These include iron ores, chromite ores, heavy mineral sands, industrial minerals such as vermiculite, diamond ore characterisation, base metals and phosphate ores.
Heloise will address the topic of high density heavy liquid separation at Iron Ore Beneficiation Africa, to be held at Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre in Johannesburg on the 17 – 18 March 2014. Her presentation will review the development and application of a laboratory procedure to characterise hematite ores at relative densities of over 4.0.
Heloise graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1997 with BEng (Chem). She joined Mintek in February 1998 in the Minerals Processing Division where she worked in the Physical Separation Group. She was head of the Group from 2002 to 2008.
In 2010 she obtained a degree in Psychology from UNISA. She was subsequently appointed as Specialist Consultant in Physical Separation from 2008-2010. Her main focus is on technical support, value addition on large projects, as well as mentoring of technical staff.
As head of Physical Separation, her responsibilities included budgeting as well as managing and training staff in the group. Planning of projects as well as resources allocation are key aspects.