Book Launch: by Sizwe Timothy Phakathi

Production, Safety and Teamwork in a Deep-Level Mining Workplace: Perspectives from the Rock-Face

Revitalising and elevating organisational performance
Revitalising and elevating organisational performance

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Welcome to MRD Consulting

Mjaji Research and Development (MRD) Consulting has proven expertise in providing research-based and workplace-informed change management consulting services aimed at revitalising and elevating organisational performance.
MRD’s focuses on the realities of the workplace – “unpacking what actually goes on in the workplace” – as an entry point and unit of analysis to:

  • Identifying organisational dysfunctions, managerial inefficiencies, leadership and behavioural factors affecting workplace performance.
  • Discovering existing but hidden and potential enabling and disabling factors driving workplace efficiency and performance.
  • Providing recommendations on workplace-based turnaround management strategies towards improved organisational performance, transformation and effectiveness.

MRD has a proven workplace-focused change management consulting record in mining, iron and steel, construction, agricultural and public sectors.

Moreover, MRD designs and conducts qualitative research not for the sake of it but to inform and enable organisational strategies to produce the desired outcomes that revitalise and elevate organisational performance. Thus, helping our clients achieve their goals.



Jocelyn Vass and Sizwe Phakathi (2006). Managing HIV in the Workplace: Learning from SMEs. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Journal articles:

  • Sizwe Phakathi (2012). Making a Plan (Planisa). Mining Weekly, 10-14 May, p.15.
  • Timothy Sizwe Phakathi (2012). Worker Agency in Colonial, Apartheid and Post-apartheid Gold Mining Workplace Regimes. Review of African Political Economy, 39(132):277-291.
  • Sizwe Timothy Phakathi (2011). Gold Mining Today. Transformation, 75 (2011): 185-197.
  • Sizwe Timothy Phakathi (2010). Workplace Change and Frontline Supervision in Deep-Level Gold Mining: Managerial Rhetoric or Practice? Transformation, 72(73):181-204.
  • Sizwe Phakathi (2009). “Getting On” and “Getting By” Underground: Gold Miners’ Work Practice of Planisa. South African Labour Bulletin, 33(5):13-15.
  • Timothy Sizwe Phakathi (2002). Self-directed Work Teams in a Post-apartheid Gold Mine: Perspectives from the Rock-face, Journal of Workplace Learning, 14(7):278-285.

Chapters in books:

  • Timothy Sizwe Phakathi and Hugo van der Merwe (2008). The Impact of the TRC’s Amnesty Process on Survivors of Human Rights Violations, in Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver?, edited by Audrey Chapman and Hugo van der Merwe, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Timothy Sizwe Phakathi (2005). Self-directed Work teams in a Post-Apartheid Gold Mine: Perspectives from the Rock-face, in Beyond the Post-apartheid Workplace: Studies in Transition, edited by Eddie Webster and Karl von Holdt, Pietermarizburg: University of KwaZulu Natal Press.


Dear Dr Phakathi

Congratulations, your paper ““Getting on” and “getting by” underground: Gold miners’ informal working practice of making a plan (planisa)” published in Journal of Organizational Ethnography has been selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as the Outstanding Paper of 2013.

We aim to increase dissemination of such a high quality article as much as possible and aim to promote your paper by making it freely available for one year. I will contact you again with further details once the paper is freely available.

The Outstanding Paper award also gives us a chance to promote your article via social media, marketing campaigns and at conferences. You may also wish to spread the news of your success by letting your friends and colleagues know, or perhaps mentioning it in your e-mail signature. More tips on how to promote your work are available on our website:

As an Outstanding Paper winner you will receive a certificate. Where possible, we like to organise for you to be presented with your certificate in person. We will be in touch with you shortly in the hope that we can organise a presentation soon.

Again, many congratulations on your award. We will be in touch with you regarding our plans to promote and present your award very soon.

Best wishes,


Emma Hollindrake

Academic Relations Assistant | Emerald Group Publishing Limited