Africa

The Cape Town office, founded in 1991, has extensive experience in the analysis and design of slurry pipeline and mine backfill systems, and offers the full range of engineering services through to detailed design, construction support and commissioning.

The adjoining 1200 m2 Slurry Test Facility includes large scale slurry pump and pipeline test loops of up to 300 mm in diameter, viscometers, thickening and filtration test facilities, UCS test machines, a backfill and slurry materials characterisation laboratory, as well as specialised Pilot Plant facilities.

Our Johannesburg office focuses on optimising our clients’ existing operations through on-site process audits and pilot investigations that lead to process improvements. We oversee plant upgrades and retrofits and offer on-site construction management and commissioning services. The office also provides a key point of contact for our local clients and represents the full range of services offered by the Cape Town office.

Management Team

Cape Town, South Africa
Angus Paterson

Pr Eng, BSc Eng (Civil), MSc Eng, PhD

Dr. Angus Paterson is the managing director of the Cape Town office of Paterson & Cooke, having founded the company together with Dr. Robert Cooke in 1991. Angus has been directly involved in analysis and design of slurry transport systems since 1987 and has worked on long distance slurry pipelines, underground paste and backfill distribution systems and numerous conventional, thickened and paste tailings disposal systems.

angus paterson

Graeme Johnson

Pr Eng, BSc Eng (Mech)

Graeme, a company director, has worked extensively in the mining, contracting and consulting fields and has particular experience in the design, installation, construction and commissioning of water and slurry pipeline systems. He joined Paterson & Cooke, Cape Town in January 1997.

Graeme Johnson

Peter Goosen

Pr Eng, BSc Eng (Civil), MSc Eng

Peter joined Paterson & Cooke in 1993 and has since been involved in a wide variety of slurry pipeline related projects. Initially responsible for managing all slurry related laboratory work at the Cape Town laboratories he later gained extensive design experience through projects ranging from high-level studies to detailed design, construction and commissioning phases. Peter is responsible for overseeing hydraulic design and development of slurry related hydraulic design capability. He is a director of the Company.

Peter Goosen

Michael Fehrsen

Pr Eng, BSc Eng (Mech)

Mike worked for various mines in South Africa as engineer, both underground and in surface operations before joining Paterson & Cooke in July 1999. He has worked on a variety of slurry transportation projects, from conceptual studies through to detailed design and commissioning. As Engineering Manager for the Cape Town office, he is responsible for maintaining and developing our detailed engineering capabilities. His principal expertise is in the mechanical design of pumping and pipeline systems, the development of control and functional specifications as well as specialist transient flow and stress analysis work.

Michael Fehrsen

Julian Rusconi

Pr Eng, BSc Eng (Mech), MBL

Julian is an experienced engineering manager. He held key positions at various manufacturers of industrial automated machinery and worked for Dow Chemical before joining Paterson & Cooke in 2005 where he currently manages the engineering of major slurry pipeline projects.

julian rusconi

Johannesburg, South Africa
Eon de Vos

B Eng (Met), (Hons)

Eon de Vos is a Metallurgical Engineer with 13 years’ experience within the sub-Saharan Africa minerals processing sector, of which four years has been in operations and eight in technical sales/support and consultancy. Eon has had hands-on involvement in, and management of, various minerals operations, brownfields projects and process optimisation. In mineral processing his experience ranges from crushing, milling, hydrometallurgy, flotation, thickening and filtration. He joined Paterson & Cooke in January 2015 as Process Manager and manages the Johannesburg office.

Eon de Vos

John Maré

John Maré has been involved in construction and project management in southern Africa as well as sub-Saharan Africa and has also been involved in thickening, flotation and filtration technology since 2001. He is well known for his role in optimisation and for debottlenecking projects for brownfields operations in the gold, platinum and copper sector. He has more than 12 years’ experience in design and process equipment services, with special knowledge of mining operations and optimisation of mineral processing plants. John joined Paterson & Cooke in February 2015 and is our Construction Manager responsible for on-site construction oversight and management of the Owners' contractors.

Johnny Mare

Plants & Products, South Africa
Fritz van Sittert

Pr Tech, BTech Eng (Civil), MTech

Fritz is a director of Plants & Products. He completed his BTech (cum laude) degree in 1995 and received his MTech (cum laude) in 1999 for novel research done on the turbulent flow of non-Newtonian slurries in rough pipes. He has been with Paterson & Cooke since 1998.

Fritz van Sittert