Mining veteran Roger Dixon honoured with 2020 Brigadier Stokes award by SAIMM

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has handed mining industry veteran and consultant Roger Dixon the 2020 Brigadier Stokes award.

Approaching his 50th year in the South African mining sector, Dixon said the Brigadier Stokes Award – bestowed for its recipients’ outstanding and unique contribution to mining – was a proud moment.

“The mining business, and the country as a whole, is of course very different now to what it was when I arrived in Welkom as a graduate in 1971,” said Dixon. “But there has been one constant in my journey, which is the quality of the people I’ve worked with and the excellent teams that we have created.”

Dixon started his career with mining houses Anglo American and Anglovaal before joining SRK Consulting in 2004, becoming chairman of the South African company in 2009. He is the third SRK chairman to receive this accolade.

Now semi-retired, Dixon acts as an independent mining consultant and is a corporate consultant to SRK Consulting.

“For SRK, we are privileged to have someone like Roger as a senior leader and now as corporate consultant to our organisation, where he constantly challenges us to improve ourselves at every opportunity,” said SRK managing director Vis Reddy.

“During his tenure as chairman, he pointed us to the future of the mining industry; this included helping develop the next generation of mining consultants, embracing big data, technological advancement and highlighting the social challenges in the industry,” he added.