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FJ Katzke - CHRP

HR Manager, Training Manager, Consultant, Management Coach, Mentor and Motivational Speaker

A highly efficient and an accomplished Senior HR Manager with 29 years of experience in working within the Mining Sector (Iron Ore, Gold, Platinum and Chrome), General Engineering and construction. A decisive and committed individual who is qualified in Human Resources Management, training assessment and moderation and has used a collaborative approach to developing professional relationships with stakeholders, clients, peers and management with an ability to function efficiently under pressure. Possesses valuable experience of working in countries such as Swaziland, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Canada and South Africa.
Revisiting, restructuring and alignment of HR systems in the industry, created HR systems that support the Business Strategy and philosophy. Actively involved and managed workforce planning and Organizational Development initiatives. Developed training systems, develop first line skills development programs and created a learning. Build and managed several training centres with the most recent VTC centres that is aligned with South African standards in Liberia and a new training department and structures in Sierra Leone.
Extremely commercially astute, motivated and driven self-starter, able to successfully develop a strong rapport with my fellow employees through strong leadership and training and managing relationships with various stakeholders.
Areas of expertise include:
1. HR systems and process Development
2. ISO 9001 Development and alignment
3. Policy and Procedural Development
4. Multiskilling program development in line with value chain, operational requirements, and OEE and budget requirements.
5. Social Development programs
6. Supervisory and Leadership development
7. Gap analysis and training needs development and assessment of current and prospective training requirements and needs.
8. Training audits and Training model development, management and execution
9. Strategic HR and Training development with business strategic models

Contact details

O: +27 (0) 13 492 0555

M: +27 82 378 7319

Web presence

Business Address

Lavender Cres, Lydenburg, South Africa, 1120

Professional Portfolios

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VTC establishment project

in Design of VTC for Liberia mining operations

Training Model Development Sierra Leone

in Global Training Model Development and alignment

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Head of Human Resources and Training | SD Steel
2017 - present

CEO | Knoskat (Pty)Ltd
2013 - present

Human Resource optimization, Organizational re-engineering and the development of employees of the organization as well as development in the community in terms of Social Responsibility initiatives is our primary business. We create ISO accredited environments through system development, document alignment and standardization of processes and procedures over a wide range of disciplines with emphasis on Human Capital Management.

We do but specialize as indicated in prospectus and company profile:

1. HR system audits and analysis
2. HR systems and process Development
3. ISO 9001 Development and alignment
4. Policy and Procedural Development
5. Multiskilling program development in line with value chain, operational requirements, and OEE and budget requirements.
6. Social Development programs
7. Supervisory and Leadership development
8. Gap analysis and training needs development
9. Assessment of current and prospective training requirements and needs.
10. Training audits
11. Training model development, management and execution
12. ERP system design and development, HR and HRD vault creation and management

Previous Position(s)

Senior HR Business Partner (Head of Human Resources and Development) | Mining | ArcelorMittal
Liberia, Costa Rica | November 2013 - December 2015

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Redesigning, structuring and establishing HR Systems for business strategies, the payroll department in line with international standards and the training function aligned with South African standards
Formulating policies, procedures and standards for HR, Training and Payroll and redesigning the training function with the South African standards
Implementing systems for career path, performance management and succession planning alongside recruiting and selecting for the expatriate population
Advising on the disciplinary processes and the grievance process and community and union liaison (lead negotiator for AML), leading workplace forum initiatives and selecting and auditing external training providers
Mentoring and coaching HR Managers, ER Managers, Payroll Manager, VTC, HR and HRD Personnel Management
Value: USD 6.7 Million
Developing vocational training Vocational Training Centre which entailed liaison with Liberian Government, appointing VTC staff, directors, designing the infrastructure, ensuring alignment with MERSETA training systems, implementing strategies for recruitment and selection, testing and selection batteries for learnerships and incorporating psychometric analysis and testing
Responsible for operational and project alignment, transition and operational readiness coordination incorporating the efficient coordination interface of AML and Project HR activities, ensuring uniformity and commonality, ensuring policy adherence with AML and corporate requirements, supporting HR Ops readiness from an HR perspective, HR Risk mitigation alongside reviewing and aligning organisational design and implementing VTC as required
Developing and implementing the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) programme, outsourcing the Hospital and Schooling function and leading Payroll Outsourcing Project
Developing and scoping time and attendance control systems alongside the implementation of a Technical Training model/frame for global mining operations across 5 continents and 27 mining operations

Senior HR Manager | Mining | GlencoreXstrata Plc
Lydenburg, South Africa | April 2003 - May 2013

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Leading 3 mining complexes and the training and development function for the Eastern Chrome Mining Division; mainly redesigning and establishing newly innovated HR Systems, a Payroll Department, HR Practices, Training Standards, Payroll Procedures, Training, Recruitment and Selection
Formulating advertising strategies, authorising payroll transactions, ensuring that Employment targets are met, liaising and consulting with unions, enforcing disciplinary action, planning labour and assisting the development of the HR System in SAP
Designing Career Path Systems, managing performance and a succession planning, advising on disciplinary and succession planning system, developing social development initiatives and plans and workplace forum initiatives, communications and involvement
Selecting and auditing external training providers, formulating HR plans and strategies and revising them where necessary for the business and ensuring sufficient human and material resources
Determining adequate human and material resources and reallocating tasks during high work volume periods
Appointing senior officials within the department, ensuring that financial expenditure within the budgetary constraints and ensuring the schedule mitigates unexpected issues
Accepting and rejecting large scale and ad hoc projects for the department in line with HRD Standards
Authorising the external development interventions for the department staff, identifying employees suited for further training, leading HR functions for Swaziland operations and other HRD functions

Educational history


Birchleigh High School, Kemptonpark, South Africa (1987)


Leischester University

Leischester, United Kingdom | 2014 - present

MSC Human Resources - Human Resources


Pretoria, South Africa | 2010 - 2011

MDP - Human Resources


Johannesburg, South Africa | 2008 - 2008

DPLR - Human Resources

McCauvlei Training Institute

Vereeniging, South Africa | 1999 - 2001

NH Dip Training Management - Training and Development


Randfontein, South Africa | 1997 - 1999

GES Certificate of Competence - Mechanical Engineering

General Engineering Superintendent


Johannesburg, South Africa | 1988 - 1992

Fitter incl Machining - Mechanical




Member, October 2014 - present


Xstrata Alloys

HR and Development Manager - Swaziland, June 2005 - July 2007

Rural development programs, Provision of food programs and water provision
Local training and development initiatives

Other Activities





Light Sports Aircraft pilot


Chikosa Mapanga

""Erich is a marvel to work with. I have known and worked with him in the same group of companies for almost 10 months now. I have seen in him an honest, intelligent, humble and hardworking man who is geared towards change management in line with the current micro and macro environment affecting business. He is a Facilitator, Mentor and Advisor to Board members, senior management and staff. All I can say is, he is in a class of his own, with regards to his capabilities. I am proud of working with such a selfless man" " - 2017

Tsakani Khoza

"I have known Erich now for over five months, as my HR Director at Limopath (pty) ltd. he is an honest person who has passion in working with different types of people. in this five months I have met a man of integrity, a person who is very strategic. He has taught me emotional intelligence and taught me how to deal with difficult issues in my work place environment with efficiency and accurately. in this months I have learned that Erich is result oriented and meets his deadlines efficiently.
" - 2016

Prayaga Sreenivas Prasad

"I know Erich for nearly two years. He is a very good HR professional who works with a lot of passion - a pre-requisite for any HR professional in my opinion. He helped handle difficult situations in the complex HR process in an under developed country like Liberia during the last two years.
He is result oriented and meets his deadlines efficiently.
" - 2015

Neil Seaward

"When it comes to Human Resource Management in general and Training and Development Erich is in a class of his own. He is an extremely driven individual and always sets out to do everything to the best of his ability. A complete self starter and always achieves his time frames, goals and his measurables. He will be an asset to any organisation and comes highly recommended. " - 2015

Peet Els

"In my time with Anglo Platinum, I found Erich to be the consummate professional in his capacity as Human Resources Training and Development Manager for the Eastern Bushveld Platinum Complex, where he, in his energetic and committed approach, set out to establish HRD infrastructure, Systems and Programmes that not only addressed the socio-economic situation of the area, but also closely aligned with Anglo Platinum's business strategy for the area. I have the utmost respect for Erich's abilities." - 2014

Dr Cornel Malan

"Erich is a well balanced and goal orientated manager who remains focused and dedicated in all circumstances. He is respected amongst his peers in the HR field but also in the wider mining community. " - 2012

Ken Bradley

"Erich is probably the most complete Hr specialist I have had the pleasure to work with in my career. He not only fully understands the nuts and bolts end of HR but he also pulls from the enormous experience that he has in industry to innovate and provide effective strategies and solutions to complex issues. His understanding of the need to nurture and grow the competence of the workforce is unprecedented and as a result during the time I have known Erich the business in Liberia has gone from strength to strength. " - 2014

Marilyn Sithole

"Erich is particular when doing his work and married to it. He is a motivational manager who stimulates creativity and causes his colleagues to love what they do. He is carefree yet responsible. He is selfless and therefore allow and assist people to grow personally and professionally. He gives himself time to learn new ways and trends. He leads by example and has a strong and charismatic character" - 2013

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