Academic Staff

Dr Paul Bepswa

BSc (Hon) Metallurgical Eng. Zimbabwe (1992), IMDP Maccauvlei/Stellenbosch (1998), PhD Cape Town (2016)

Research Interests and core activitiesPaul Bepswa is a Research Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He has a BSc Metallurgical Engineering (Zimbabwe, 1992) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (UCT, 2016). He has worked in coal (Wankie Colliery Company, Anglo American Coal and Industrial Operations) and cement (Holcim) industries in process, maintenance and production management roles. He joined UCT in 2004 as a Technical Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering under the auspices of the Mineral Education Trust Fund responsible for minerals beneficiation practice at the undergraduate level within the Chemical Engineering Department. In 2008 he was appointed as Research Officer in the Centre for Mineral Research with industrial consulting, training and research responsibilities in the fields of comminution, classification and metal accounting.


2008 – present Research Officer, Centre for Minerals Research, UCT
2004 – 2007  Technical Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT
1999 – 2003 Process, Production, Maintenance Engineer, HOLCIM Pty Ltd 
1996 – 1998 Production, Process, Projects Metallurgist, Anglo American Coal Division
1993 – 1995 Plant Metallurgist, Wankie Colliery Ltd


Research Interests

Comminution, classification, metallurgical accounting


Selected Publications

Bepswa, PA and Deglon, DA, 2013. Numerical investigation of a heuristic methodology for designing precise metal accounting measurement networks. Minerals Engineering, 42, 50-61.

P. A. Bepswa, A. N. Mainza, M. Powell, S. Mwansa, M. Phiri, C. Chongo, C. Van Der Merwe, A. Delainey, P. Mande, D. Mulenga, L. Batubenga. Insights Into Different Operating Philosophies – Influence Of A Variable Ore Body On Comminution Circuit Design And Operation. SAG Conference, Vancouver, Canada. 27 September – 1 October 2015

Phumudzo Muthaphuli, Johanna Sibongile Ntsoelengoe, Aubrey Mainza, Paul Bepswa. Northern Cape Low Grade Iron Ore Comminution Options Evaluation. Proceedings, ESCC 2017, Izmur, Turkey, September 11 – 14, 2017