About Us

Ex-Southern Era Mining Inc. exploration experts from the African and Canadian projects founded New Era Geophysics Exploration Services in 2009. We are an African-based, geophysics company that was created to fill the gap in the small ground geophysics survey requirements for all levels of players in the mining exploration market.  New Era Geophysics is registered in Harare, Zimbabwe, and operates across the globe- with direct flights from Harare to the Johannesburg and Dubai hubs, and beyond. 

Our directors have more than 80 years of exploration experience in Africa, Australia, Canada, United States of America, Afghanistan, Germany, and Papua New Guinea, among others. New Era Geophysics is adapted to working in austere environments and has the capabilities to work anywhere in the world, no matter how small the survey. This includes areas where for security, physical, logistical and operational reasons other companies may refuse to operate.

We provide professional and affordable exploration services to the global mining and exploration industry, achieved by using industry-recognized expertise, the latest geophysics equipment and know-how- mobilizing anywhere in the world for both large and small surveys alike.

Our Team

James Abson

James is the founding shareholder of New Era Geophysics. He is a qualified Exploration Geologist (BSc. Hons; Rhodes University), is an accredited Professional with SACNAP (“Pr.Sci.Nat.”; Geological Sciences), and has over 20 years of extensive Mining and Exploration experience across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He has worked in over 10 countries on 4 continents, setting up projects and training teams in some very challenging operational environments. His career has seen him working for, or with companies such as Anglo American, De Beers, SouthernEra Diamonds Inc. Southern Platinum, BHP-Billiton, and the CENTAR Group of Companies,  in numerous positions, ranging from V.P. Exploration,  New Business Development Manager, to CEO. 

James has designed numerous exploration programs which have included various geophysical surveys designed to locate iron ore, lithium, gold, diamonds, chromite, molybdenum, and copper deposits.

Andrew Gogodo

Andrew holds a diploma in geology from the Zimbabwe School of mines in Bulawayo. He has worked for close to 25 years as a geological & geophysics technician, logistician and project manager for and with companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP-Billiton, SouthernEra, Mwana Africa, as well as a stand alone consultant. Andrew is a shareholder and the Field Operations Manager for New Era Geophysics.

Uwe Naeher

Uwe Naeher holds a Diploma in geology from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and has over 23 years of professional experience. He worked as geophysical and geological contractor on numerous diamond, platinum, gold, uranium and base metal exploration projects in Africa, Canada, Greenland, and Europe for companies including Urangesellschaft Ltd., Aber Resources Ltd., DeBeers and Billiton Inc. He joined SouthernEra Diamonds in January 2002 and worked until 2009 in Canada, Gabon, Botswana and DR Congo. In 2009 he joined the German Federal Bureau of Geosciences and National Resources to lead the mineral certification project in the DRC. Uwe is a professional geologist  and a licensee with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of the Northwest Territories (NAPEG). He is also a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Zi Bhebhe

Zi Bhebhe is also a shareholder in New Era Geophysics, and holds a BSc General degree in Geology and Biological Sciences, BSc Honours in Geology, MSc in Mineral Resources and Exploration from the University of Zimbabwe and Masters in Project Management from University of Southern Queensland, Australia.  Zi has over 20 years of experience as a mining and exploration geologist.  He has worked for and with companies such as Auridiam Zimbabwe, River Ranch mine, Rio Tinto, SouthernEra Resources, Jindal Minerals, BHP Billiton, and Moultrie Group. He is currently based in Brisbane where he is working for a CSG company. Zi has worked as Project Geologist, Exploration Manager, Technical Manager and other senior positions for the above companies in Africa, the Americas and Australia.

Gavin Selfe

Gavin Selfe holds a BSc Honours degree with a dual major in Geophysics and Geology from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has over 25 years of field experience in the mining industry specializing in geophysics and GIS. Gavin has worked across the world, has worked with James Abson for over 20 years, and directly for New Era Geophysics since 2009. He is the owner of GRS Consulting CC., a geophysics and GIS specialist consultancy, based in South Africa, working across Africa and the Middle East. His consultancy work is focused on designing, implementing and interpreting a variety of geophysical surveys including: EM (LT SQUID), ground TDEM and airborne EM, ground-magnetics, aero-magnetics, AMT, IP, resistivity, gravity (both ground and airborne), SAM, and MMR. His interpretational expertise includes: mineral target delineation from ground and airborne surveys, geological mapping interpretations, and 3D modeling of magnetic and gravity data.

Gavin has worked with or for companies such as Anglo American, De Beers, BHP-Billiton, First Quantum Minerals, Wits Gold and numerous juniors. He has a wide variety of commodity experience including diamonds, gold, nickel, copper, zinc, platinum and iron ore.    

Our Partners

New Era enjoys a close partnership with GeoFocus, a South African geophysical consultancy and field survey company. Joint ventures aim at maximising the efficient use of skills, experience and the instrument pool, which between both companies is considerable. This synergy allows both companies to have a greater reach into Africa and to concentrate on what we do best….getting the job done. More on the capabilities of GeoFocus can be found at www.geofocus.co.za