Praveen Baijnath is a Chemical Engineer and MBA graduate with more than 30 years’ experience in minerals beneficiation, refining and smelter operations, and the chemical process industry. Praveen was appointed as Chief Executive of Rand Refinery on 1 June 2015.
Mr Frans Baleni is the past General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa’s largest trade Union, a role he has held since 2006. He started his career in the mining industry in 1979 and a year later was elected a Shop Steward. In 1988, he became Branch Chairman at the Western Holdings Mine in Welkom.
Rachael Bartels is a client account lead, responsible for helping the world’s leading companies (with a focus on chemicals and natural resources) embrace change to create value for people, communities and shareholders.
Mr Baxter was appointed CEO of the Minerals Council in 2015. He has 29 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors. He was involved in the first mineral policy discussions with the ANC in 1992 and in most of the significant minerals policy discussions since then. He has participated in, and often led, the business negotiation teams on a range of issues such as the 2002 Mining Charter, the 1998 Energy Policy White Paper, the 1997 Skills Development Act, the 2009 Royalty Act, the 2010 revised Mining Charter, etc. He has participated in all the Presidential Job Summit and Investment Conferences, and he has played a leadership role in encouraging government to focus on the issues that drive South Africa’s investment competitiveness. He previously chaired the Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA) Economic Policy Committee and Economic Growth Task Team. He is the Founding Chairman of the World Platinum Investment Council. He recently participated in President Ramaphosa’s 7-a-side NEDLAC leadership team looking at how to revive the economy post COVID-19. He has played a key leadership role in rejuvenating the brand of the Minerals Council and brings material leadership, governance, strategy, investment, and transformation skills to the table.
Brett joined RCF in 2009 and has spent the last 12 years working in various investment offices of RCF across three continents. He has more than 18 years of technical and commercial experience in the development of mining assets across the globe and is currently responsible for managing a diverse mix of assets within the private equity group. Brett is also a Non-Executive Director of Global Advanced Metals.
Stuart Brown is currently the President and CEO of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc, a Canadian-listed diamond mining and development company that owns 49% of the Gahcho Kue mine situated in the Northwest Territories.
Sandra Burmeister is a founder member of Landelahni in 1996, the first black and women-owned executive search firm in South Africa and the Amrop partner from 1997 - 2017. Sandra has 22 years’ experience in executive search, working with blue chip companies in SA and multinationals across sectors.
Mark contributes to Anglo American over 40 years’ experience of the mining industry across a wide range of geographies and commodities.
Tracey Davies is executive director of Just Share, a South African non-profit shareholder activist organisation using engagement, advocacy and activism to drive urgent action to combat climate change and reduce inequality.
André de Ruyter is currently the Eskom Holdings Group Chief Executive (GCE), overseeing a 100% state-owned company of over 40,000 employees, responsible for providing over 95% of South Africa’s electricity needs and approximately 45% of the electricity used across Africa.
Portia Derby is the current Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd, appointed February 2020. She has occupied senior positions in the South African government during a period of major economic reform.
Sandra started her career as an academic, lecturing company and tax law at the University of the Free State, before joining Johannesburg Law Firm Brink Cohen le Roux & Roodt.
Nolitha Fakude serves as the Chairman of Anglo American’s Management Board: South Africa as well as a Group Director of Anglo American plc and President of the Minerals Council South Africa. Nolitha served as a non-executive director of the Board of Anglo American plc from April 2017 to August 2019.
Neal Froneman was appointed executive director and CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater on 1 January 2013. Over the past five years he has led the transformation of Sibanye-Stillwater from a 1.5Moz South African-based gold producer into a leading precious metals miner with an international operating footprint ranking among the world’s top three PGM producers.
Bobby Godsell worked for 34 years as an executive in the Anglo American group of companies. For 12 of these, he was CEO of Anglo’s gold mining interests, in the form of AngloGold Ashanti. He has also worked in government bodies, spending 5 years as a member of the National Planning Commission and a turbulent 15 months chairing the board of ESKOM. He is currently a Director at the Industrial Development Corporation, Chairman of Foskor (Pty) Ltd and co-chairs the Millennium Labour Council, a social dialogue body involving business and labour leaders, with Godfrey Selematsela, President of FEDUSA. With James Motlatsi, founding President of the National Union of Mineworkers, Bobby co-chairs the active citizens NGO, Citizens ZA.
Chris Griffith was appointed CEO of Gold Fields on 1 April 2021. Before this appointment, he was the CEO of Anglo American Platinum between September 2012 and April 2020 and CEO of Kumba Iron Ore from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that, he served as Anglo American’s Head of Operations for joint ventures. He joined Anglo American Platinum in 1990 and held various management positions at two of its mines before being moved into the wider leadership team at Anglo American. He holds a Mining Engineering Honours degree from the University of Pretoria.
André Joubert is a Mining Engineer. He is the Chief Executive of the Ferrous Division of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). This division is responsible for the operational activities of Assmang, which is a 50/50 joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore, which are both listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Charl Keyter was appointed a Director of Sibanye-Stillwater on 9 November 2012 and Executive Director and CFO on 1 January 2013. Previously, he was Vice President and Group Head of International Finance at Gold Fields. Charl has more than 20 years’ mining experience, having begun his career at Gold Fields in February 1995.
Lucky Kgatle obtained a BSc in Engineering: Industrial from Wits University in 2001. He also has an MBA from GIBS which he received in 2009. He has held a number of positions at Sasol, including Vice President, Strategy and Business Development; Executive Manager, Operations Excellence; General Manager, Syferfontein Colliery; General Manager, Coal Handling Plant; Manager, Manufacturing and Site Work, Central Workshop; Section Engineer, Central Workshop; Reliability Engineer; Technical Advisor.
Riaan offers deep corporate and financial leadership experience, having served at the forefront of the creation of one of the largest BEE companies on the JSE as a champion for transformation. He possesses a blend of financial, commercial and legal skills which have proven successful in driving sustainable growth and financial vitality.
Kgomtso specialises in guiding end-to-end technology solutions delivery and the management of application maintenance cycles for technology solutions, as well as digital programmes. Kgomotso played the role of Technology Services Lead at various key accounts within Accenture, supporting client CIOs and IM Managers in modernising and setting up new IT environments, maintaining current applications and software management.
Jayne is the Partner in charge of PwC South Africa’s Sustainability and Climate Change department and ESG Lead for Africa, where she focuses on developing and delivering services in the areas of:sustainable development strategy, framework, practices, reporting and assurance; Sustainable Development Goals; integrated reporting and management; social and environment impact and outcomes measurement; safety, health and environment risk, performance and compliance; and climate change risk and resilience.
Mr Samson Gwede Mantashe was born on the 21st of June 1955 in the village of Lower Cala in the then Transkei (now Eastern Cape Province). He cut his teeth as an activist in the Student Christian Movement (SCM). Minister Mantashe received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1997, where he also completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in 2002.
Olivia Markham, CFA, Managing Director and portfolio manager, is a member of the Natural Resources team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Active Equity Group. She co-manages the BGF Circular Economy Fund, the BlackRock World Mining Trust, the BGF World Mining Fund and a number of the team's segregated portfolios. Ms. Markham joined BlackRock in 2011. Previously, she was head of the European Mining team at UBS. Ms. Markham earned a BComm degree, with honours, in finance, from the University of Western Australia in 2003.
Mashego joined Harmony in 2005 in the human resources discipline. He has since been responsible for a variety of portfolios at senior management level and as an executive. These include Human Resources Development, General Manager at Evander, Human Resources Executive and Government and Stakeholder Relations. Mashego was appointed an Executive Director on 24 February 2010. He represents Harmony on a number of boards as a director including the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA), Enactus and the Rand Refinery where he is also the Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee.
Michael (Mick) James McMullen brings more than 28 years of senior leadership experience in the exploration, financing, development and operations of mining companies globally. He is CEO and Director at Metals Acquisition Corp, a NYSE-listed SPAC that recently raised $265 million to acquire a business in the metals and mining space. Mick recently served as the CEO and President at Detour Gold Corporation (“Detour”), a 600,000 ounce per annum gold producer in Canada from May 2019 to January 2020. During his tenure, Mick took the market capitalization from C$2.1 billion to C$4.9 billion over 7 months, which represented an internal rate of return of 208%, leading to the acquisition by Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. in 2020. Prior to Detour, Mick served as CEO at Stillwater Mining Company (“Stillwater”) from December 2013 to May 2017 and as Technical Advisor from May 2017 to December 2018, where he was instrumental in the increase in market capitalization from US$1.3 billion to US$2.2 billion against a 10% fall in PGM prices over the same time. Mick also served as a Non- Executive Director at Stillwater from May 2013 to December 2013. Stillwater was sold to Sibanye Gold Ltd. in May 2017 in an all-cash deal valued at US$2.7 billion, which represented an internal rate of return of 16% during his 41-month tenure. Mick’s time before Stillwater involved the identification, acquisition, development, and operation of a variety of mining assets across North and South America, Europe, Australia and Africa. These ranged from gold to base metals and bulk commodities. In addition, he has provided technical and financial advisory services to many of the larger PE funds, activist funds, and banks providing mining finance. Mick is a qualified Geologist and received his B.Sc. from Newcastle University in 1992 and has been a Non-Executive Director at Venturex Resources Limited (“Venturex”), an ASX-listed base metal developer, since February 2021. Since May 2021, he has served as a Non-Executive Director at OceanaGold Corporation, a dual-listed ASX-TSX gold miner with operations in the US and New Zealand.
Brian Menell is a British/South African industrialist and investor with natural resource and energy interests across both emerging and developed markets. He is the Chairman and CEO of TechMet Limited, a private industrial company building a portfolio of world-class assets to secure supply of the metals critical to EVs and renewable energy systems.
Tsundzukani (Tsu) Mhlanga joined ARM in July 2020 as Chief Finance Officer and was appointed as Finance Director in October 2020. She has over 15 years’ financial experience and was previously Executive Director: Group Finance And Administration of Italtile Limited. Prior to that, Tsu was a financial director in the property sector and spent six years in the mining industry as Chief Financial Officer and Group Manager of Finance for a mining joint venture. In addition, she gained experience in the retail and public sectors after completing her articles at Edcon. Tsu has a BCom (acc sciences) from the University of Pretoria, a BCom (acc)(hons) and CTA from the University of KZN, she is a CA(SA) and she has an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Anik is Group Director – Corporate Relations and Sustainable Impact, having joined the GMC in 2015. Her remit includes corporate communication (including brand and employee engagement), international and government relations, social performance and engagement, sustainability integration to drive positive impact from the Group’s Sustainable Mining Plan and the office of the Chief Executive. Anik joined Anglo American in 2008 as Group Head of Corporate Communication. Prior to that, she was Director of Public Affairs for Rio Tinto Alcan, following 10 years with the Alcan group. Anik was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Anglo American Platinum in July 2021.
Themba Mkhwanazi was appointed CEO of Kumba Iron Ore in September 2016. Prior to that, he held the position of CEO for Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business in South Africa.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the Former United Nations Under-Secretary- General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013. During her tenure, UN Women was a small agency which grew to raise $40 billion for women and girls of the world.
Vusi is currently the Sector Lead: Mining & Chemicals (Client Coverage) within the Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) franchise. He has been at Nedbank in various roles for the last 11 years. Pre-banking he held positions as Treasury & Corporate Finance Manager for Total South Africa, Treasury Manager at Dunlop Tyres and Assistant Manager at KPMG. In a post-articles career spanning 21 years, he has been involved in various capacities on multiple transactions for a number entities in different sectors.
Mzila is a mining engineer with combined experience in mining and investment banking of 20 years. This includes seven years in deep-level gold mining at AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields Limited in senior mine management and corporate development roles, respectively, and six years in investment banking at RMB and Deutsche Bank. His knowledge of business sustainability was honed over six years as Executive: Business Sustainability at Royal Bafokeng Holdings and Royal Bafokeng Platinum. He assumed his current role in May 2013. Mzila also serves as the 2019/2020 President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).
Dr Mufamadi, PhD and MSc, is the Director of the School of Leadership at the University of Johannesburg and he serves on the board of Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, Zimplats Holdings Limited and Transnet (SOC) Ltd. He also serves on subsidiary boards of Barclays Bank Africa Group in Mozambique and Tanzania. He has built his reputation in various leadership positions including being a previous Minister for Safety and Security and Minister for Provincial and Local Government in the Government of the Republic of South Africa, and is known for his mediation and conflict resolution skills as well as his expertise in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. In 2019, The President of South Africa appointed him as chairman of a high level review panel into the operations of the State Security Agency.
Lebogang Mulaisi works as the Labour Market Policy Coordinator for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Her responsibilities and duties include the coordination and implementation of COSATU labour market policy and work on the just transition to a low-carbon economy.
Nico Muller holds a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria and has a 28-year mining career across a range of commodities, including platinum.
Jay was the founding General Secretary of COSATU, a Minister in Nelson Mandela's Cabinet, is currently a trustee for Earthrise Trust looking at new models of rural development and livelihoods. Jay sits on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that looks at leadership and governance in Africa and remains committed to social justice.
July Ndlovu is the CEO of Thungela Resources and a coal miner at heart. He was previously the CEO of Anglo American’s Coal business before it was demerged and listed on the JSE and LSE.
Justice is an accomplished executive and has 22 years of experience as a human resources generalist. He has worked at both strategic and operational HR levels across different industries, of which more than 12 years has been in the mining industry, having worked at African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Anglo American.
Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He began his career at PwC in 1986 and served as an audit partner for 6 years. Since 2001, he has worked as both CFO and CEO in the listed company environment as well as public sector and in family-owned businesses. He has worked in South Africa across Africa as well as in the Middle East and the USA. From a South African perspective, Paul has served as the CFO of Group Five Limited as well as Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd and was CEO of ArcelorMittal (South Africa) Limited.
Before joining Rothschild & Co in this role in 2003, she had 17 years of experience in the City of London at major financial institutions where she was consistently rated as one of the top investment analysts in mining, ending up as head of the European Mining Research at SSMB (part of Citigroup).
Steve Phiri is an admitted attorney to the High Court of South Africa. His qualifications include a B Juris degree, University of the North; LLB, Vista University; Diploma in Corporate Law, Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and an LLM degree from the University of Johannesburg. His significant wealth of mining and business experience has been gained over a period of more than 15 years.
Andries is PwC’s Africa Energy, Utilities and Resources leader and an experienced JSE accredited audit partner. He has been with the firm since 1997 and partner since 2007.
Hanré Rossouw has served as Chief Financial Officer of Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited since October 2018. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager at Investec Asset Management covering precious metals and South African resource equities.
Lee-Ann joined Implats in October 2017 as Group Executive: People. In this role she provides strategic direction for the Human Resource discipline across the Group, including developing human resource policies in support of Group strategy and effectively managing external trends and other impacts on the HR function.
Keith is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning the mining value chain from exploration and evaluation, to feasibility and production.
Dion was appointed as Africa CEO of PwC on 1 July 2019. Prior to this he served a four-year term as the firm’s Southern Africa CEO, the first black African to be appointed to the role. Since being admitted to partnership in 2008, Dion has led engagements on complex and multinational businesses and has serviced a number of large listed clients mostly within the mining industry. He has extensive experience reporting under IFRS and of financial reporting in the mining industry. He is the former leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining (EU&M) Group. In addition to his experience in the mining industry, he has also enjoyed exposure to other sectors and industries throughout his career, by virtue of being involved in the audits of companies and organisations such as the South African Reserve Bank, Vodacom and MonteCasino. In recent years, his client base has included Exxaro Resources Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Sasol Oil, among others.
Nhlanhla Sibisi is the Climate & Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Africa for over four years. His work experience spans over a period of 24 years, in academia, the public and non-governmental sectors. Nhlanhla has, and continues to, work on issues covering policies on climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development. Currently, Nhlanhla advocates for major carbon polluters and the government to take action to address the climate crisis. On the other hand, he also does awareness-raising with communities to educate people about climate change coupled with a solution-oriented approach to protecting the environment and human health.
Peter Steenkamp is Harmony’s chief executive officer and executive director from 1 January 2016. He has some 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, which include his last position as Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited, executive positions at Harmony from 2003 to 2007, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold. He is a member and past president of the Association of Mine Managers, and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the South African Colliery Managers’ Association.
Bernard is the Chairman of the annual Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba as well as an Executive Director of the SBI. He is a Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists as well as a Partner in THINKspiration. He served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited and CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. He is Chairman and Managing Partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company) as well as a non-executive director of African Rainbow Energy Producer (AREP).
From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources, Mike has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore).
Natascha has served as Anglo American Platinum’s CEO since April 2020, also sitting on the Anglo American Platinum Board and the Group Management Committee of Anglo American plc. Prior to that, she spent five years as Group Head of Processing for Anglo American. Natascha is a seasoned senior executive, bringing 28 years of operational experience from across the mining industry, spanning many different countries, metals and minerals including, of course, the PGMs.
A former COO of Barrick Gold Corporation from 2015-2018, Richard Williams is a global executive with an established track-record of value creation, pioneering and transformational leadership within the mining industry and other demanding assignments.
Joanne Yawitch has been the Chief Executive Officer of the National Business Initiative since March 2011, having previously been Deputy Director General for Climate Change in the Department of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for environmental quality and protection, as well as for the Department’s climate change work.
Mpumi was appointed Managing Director, De Beers Group Managed Operations, in April 2019. She joined De Beers Group in 2001 as an Ore Processing Engineer and Section Head at the Cullinan mine.