Following her dreams of climbing peaks above 8000m she is currently in Nepal having a crack at Dhaulagiri, again as the first South African to attempt it. Her next challenge is getting to our festival in 2020. Or maybe mountain biking with me – she had a competitive career there too!


Jeannette’s career started in underground mining production where she became the 2nd lady in the Orange Free State, South Africa to be issued an underground blasting certificate. Besides digging deep in the mining sector she aims high through her mountaineering ambitions. She has climbed mountains and lead groups all over the world (South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal, and USA). Her last summit crowned her the first South African woman to climb Manaslu (the 8th highest mountain in the world) after a 5 year ride through weight loss, international relocations and being slave to a desk. She is passionate about personal goal setting, escaping the grind and leading individuals and teams to achieve things they never thought possible.


Placing in the Top 100 global women in mining for 2016, as identified by WIM UK, Jeannette is a respected global leader who impacts people, mentoring them to achieve personal goals either as a 20 year plus global mining executive responsible for mining technology deployments or in the outdoors where she guides teams and climbs mountains herself. Her lifestyle is funded from being the head of the mining services division for a blue-chip Australian company. She is also a non-Executive Board member and holds a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines.