Clinton Smyth                                                                CURRICULUM VITAE

Clinton Smyth has 25 years of experience in minerals exploration, resource evaluation and mining with the largest mining company in the world.  He began his career as a De Beers Consolidated Mines student in 1974, moving to the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in 1978.  He served Anglo American in diverse roles throughout Africa and Australasia until early 2000, when, as Vice President (Exploration), he resigned to establish Georeference Online Ltd.  Clinton is an experienced geochemist, explorationist, resource evaluator, and corporate manager.

Professional Qualifications


MSc. (Computing) Imperial College, London (1985)

MSc. (Geochemistry)  University of Cape Town (1983)

BSc. (Hons) (Geochemistry)  University of Cape Town  (1977)



P. Nat. Sci. (South Africa)



Fluent in English and Afrikaans; Working knowledge of Spanish and French



Society of Economic Geologists; Geological Society of South Africa; Geological Association of Canada; Society of Exploration Geochemists

Georeference Online Ltd

Cape Town and Vancouver  (March 2000  -  Present)

         President, Georeference Online Ltd                                


*   Providing  software & services for minerals exploration and mining.

Anglo American Corporation

Johannesburg  (Aug 1999  to  Feb 2000)

Vice President (Exploration) responsible for Advanced Projects in Africa


*   Skorpion Oxide Zinc Feasibility Study, Namibia; Gamsberg Sulphide Zinc Feasibility Study, South Africa; Black Mountain Pb/Zn/Ag Mine Depth Extension Feasibility Study, South Africa


*   Nchanga and Konkola Copper Mines,  Zambia; Anglo’s buy-back into the Zambian Copperbelt


*   Namakwa Sands Mine,  South Africa; 4MTPA scale-up of the ilmenite, rutile, zircon mine


*   Phoenix Nickel Mine, Botswana   Anglo’s geological input to the study on upgrading the  sulphide mine’s  magnetic-separation facilities to floatation & SX/EW; Kabanga Nickel Project, Tanzania

On Secondment

Singapore  (1996  -  1999)

Consulting Geologist[1] responsible for all Exploration in Australasia

Briefed to establish from scratch minerals exploration operations for gold and base metals in the Australasian region.   Reported to Minorco’s MD (Australasia) in Singapore and Minorco’s Head of Exploration in London. 


*   Established an active exploration office in Perth with primary focus on  base metals.


*   Exploration office established in Manila, and later Baguio, focusing on greenfields exploration, advanced project assessments, and relationship building with local industry players.


*   Active exploration office established in Jakarta.


*   Office established in Mount Hagen for greenfields exploration and advanced project evaluation.


*   Exploration company established and exploration undertaken by fully financed JV partner.


*   In-depth country review undertaken over two years, including groundwork and government negotiation. 


*   Annual in-country review of investment potential undertaken.


*   Regular country visits to monitor progress of partner-managed joint ventures.

Anglo American Corporation

Johannesburg   (1986  to 1996)  and Before

In 1996 appointed Consulting Geologist1 managing Exploration in Eastern Africa

Ultimately responsible for:  (a) All Anglo New Mining Business Division’s exploration for gold and base metals from Mozambique to Egypt;  (b) Its Geochemistry Department which undertook all the Division’s resource evaluation work;  (c) Its Geographic Information Systems;  (d) Liaison with Normandy Exploration, Anglo’s JV partner in SE Asia and Australia.

Significant Project and Mine Work

*   Phoenix Nickel Mine Feasibility Study (Botswana);   Sadiola Gold Mine Feasibility Study (Mali);   Namakwa Sands Mine Feasibility Study (South Africa); Uitkomst Nickel Mine Study (S. Africa);   Navachab Gold Mine (Namibia);   Middelplaats Manganese Mine (South Africa).

Significant Exploration Work

*   From 1992, managed exploration for gold and base metals in Tanzania.  Assisted by artisans, discovered one million ounce Au resource at Buzwagi/Chocolate Reef and successfully tendered for the Nyamulilima Hill licence at Geita, now a resource of two million ounces Au. 


Expert System-Assisted Interpretation of Multi-Element Geochemical Borehole Profiles  MSc. Thesis (Computing)  Imperial College, London.  X-Ray Fluorescence determination of manganese levels in powder brickettes of manganese ore’  MSc. Thesis (Geochemistry)  University of Cape Town


[1] This was the term traditionally used by South African mining houses for Vice President (Exploration)