Mr Xolane Mhlanga

Supervisor: Prof Hari Tsikos
Co-supervisor: Prof Timothy Lyons
Sponsor: ASSMANG Ltd.


Xolane (or “X”, as widely referred to by his friends) comes from the town of Kanyamazane in the scenically beautiful province of Mpumalanga in South Africa. He completed a BSc degree in 2012 at Rhodes University, with majors in Geology and Environmental Science. In 2013, he obtained his Honours degree in Geology, as part of which he carried out a project on small-scale ore-grade relationships in Hotazel manganese ore at Gloria mine in the Kalahari Manganese field. His PhD project is essentially a continuation of his earlier work, with emphasis on understanding the interplay between primary and diagenetic cycling of carbon in the Hotazel formation, through the combined use of mineral chemistry, stable isotope geochemistry and iron speciation techniques. His main extramural interest is sports, especially soccer.

Project title

Unravelling the diagenetic and primary depositional history of the Hotazel Fe-Mn Formation, through the application of mineral chemistry, stable isotopes and speciation geochemistry.

Contact details

Cell: 0763586827

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