Malcolm Simpson graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from the University of Natal/KZN. During the 1980’s he worked, with other specialists, on the development and commercialisation of four technologies:
- Activated carbon fibre for the recovery of gold cyanide from gold rich solutions.
- Zirconium/poly-acrylate dynamic membranes on porous stainless tubes.
- Woven fabric cross-flow micro-filter for the pre-treatment of industrial effluents to remove suspended solids before exposure to membrane water recovery technologies.
- Recovery of lignin and hemi-cellulose products from wood pulp mill effluents.
In the 1990’s Malcolm changed course from technology development to consultancy and took up a position in London. As a result of the “Fall of the Wall”, he took the opportunity to work on a number of interesting government and private sector reform assignments in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia, Armenia, Ukraine) and Central Europe (Poland and Hungary). In 2003 he returned to South Africa and took up a position at the National Treasury. In 2006 Malcolm was appointed Deputy Director General responsible for the roll out of the infrastructure required for successful delivery of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After completion of the “World Cup Project” and until September 2015, he held a position in the private sector to work on the recovery of titanium dioxide pigment from titanium rich furnace slag. Malcolm now works for the Industrial Development Corporation.