Managing Director – Blake Mhatiwa

Blake is a seasoned executive with a decorated career spanning over 23 years in the mining sector operations that include open-pit mining, underground mining and construction. His set of skills includes mine planning, new mine establishment, contract negotiations, mine expansion and contract mining projects.

Blake joined Hwange Colliery Company (HCCL) as a Business Consultant in 2021 from Motor-Engil Zimbabwe where he was the Managing Director. He was subsequently appointed General Manager in January 2022 and Acting Managing Director on 9 May 2022.

He was appointed substantive Managing Director by HCCL’s administration team on 24 June 2022.

Before joining Hwange Colliery Blake worked for Anglo Zimbabwe Gold division as operations manager between 2002 and 2005. He also worked as General Manager for Duration Gold Zimbabwe between 2006 and 2008 before joining Mota-Engil’s Kayelekera Uranium mine project in Malawi, where he was General Manager overseeing their US$200 million open cast mining contract. After successfully running the Malawi Project, Blake was appointed Managing director for Mota-Engil Zimbabwe from 2013 to 2020.

He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe, Strategic Management programs from the North-West University, Kellogg School of Business Management in Chicago – USA, Catholica University, and Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Lisbon Portugal, amongst his various professional qualifications.

Blake is currently a Member of the Association of Mine Managers of Zimbabwe, a past Alternate Board Member Zimbabwe School of Mines Board, (2004-2006), a past Vice-Chairman Zimbabwe School of Mines Academic Committee, (2004-2006) and a past Executive Committee Member of the Association of Mine Managers of Zimbabwe AMMZ, (2005-2007)