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Gerrit Jansen van Ryssen | Managing Director of Cyclone Engineering Projects (Pty) Ltd and Member of Cyclone Projects & Consulting (Pty) Ltd 

Appointment: November 2007

Skills and Experience: After completion of the bachelors’ degree in Industrial Chemistry at the Potchefstroom University for CHE at the end of 1979, Gerrit J. van Ryssen joint Armscor in their research division. After a short period he joined the mining industry. At Foskor, a large phosphate mine, Gerrit was Production Superintendent and amongst others, schooled himself in the tailings disposal practice on this 3,2 million tonnes per month facility. He was also Project Manager for a new 1000ha tailings dam and the accompanying infrastructure and did most of the civil construction in-house.

After 13 years he left Foskor and joined the outside world tailings industry for a short period where he became Operations Director before he decided to start his own business during 1998, which specialises in the cycloned tailings deposition method.

With Gerrit’s companies operating in the Mining Sector, much development work in the residue disposal methods has been done and successful cycloning is done on phosphate-, copper-, magnetite-, gold-, diamond (Kimberlite)-, chrome-, platinum-, fluorspar- and base mineral residue streams.

A major breakthrough in developing the patented (SA Patent No. 2011/03614 and 2013/06139) vacuum cycloning, which proofed to be a very successful element, creating tremendous cost savings to the mining industry.

Gerrit introduced the very successful mine/contractor JV principle where a major cost saving to the mines is achieved in the construction of new TSFs. Up to 45% cost saving on budget has been achieved on a major TSF construction during 2012.



Our Vision: 
To be the leaders in Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) operations and technology development.

Our Mission: 
We operate Tailings Storage Facility (TSFs) safely and responsibly and providing professional advice. 

Contact Details

Postal Address for both companies:

PO Box 22000, Helderkruin, 1733

Tel : +27 11 660 9466/90

Fax : +27 11 660 9455

Fax to e-mail : +27 86 632 9646

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