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.
Ann Bernstein heads the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa. CDE is regarded by many including the London Financial Times as the country’s leading policy centre for social and economic development. In addition, CDE has a special focus on the role of business and its contribution to development.
Fay Cranmer has more than 30 years of industry knowledge, language, relationships and deep understanding of where the value lies and how to deliver transformational change in complex organisations. Having lived in the UK, South Africa, Canada and now Australia, Fay has both extensive industry and consulting experience, including Global CIO of Rio Tinto, CIO of Suncor Energy and Senior Executive at Sasol. In 2021, Fay returned to Accenture as Senior Managing Director, Industry X Lead and Natural Resources Industry Lead for Growth Markets.
Mark is an experienced executive with more than 45 years leading high performance teams across all aspects of technical, commercial and social business functions. He is a proven business leader with almost 30 years in "C Suite” roles in globally diversified businesses, and served for 18 years in 3 different Chief Executive roles. He is a qualified mining engineer and has a practical working knowledge of most of the commodities produced and sold across the globe.
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. Under André’s leadership, Eskom operates 30 power stations, including base-load coal and nuclear power stations, hydro, pumped storage and gas-fired peaking power stations as well as a self-dispatching wind farm.
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.
Gideon du Plessis is the General Secretary of trade union Solidarity and the head of the Solidarity Strategy Institute. Prior to joining Solidarity, Gideon was employed by Compass Group PLC, as Group Employee Relations Manager: Africa. Gideon started his professional career in 1994 at the Department of Constitutional Development as a Senior Constitutional Planner and was mainly involved in conducting global constitutional research in support of the drafting of the South African Constitution. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in Labour Policy and Globalisation from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2019. Gideon is a Board Member of the State Diamond Trader and Sentinel Retirement Fund. He frequently writes opinion pieces for newspapers and business magazines.
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. It was here that she became involved in the South African mining industry, working first on the labour side of the business, before moving on to the corporate and commercial end of practice. Sandra has been with Standard Bank for just over ten years and focuses exclusively on African corporate finance transactions in mining and metals.
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.
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.
Irvin Jim is the General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). He is currently serving his third term as General Secretary, having been re-elected to serve the militant metalworkers in its December 2016 elective congress, following his first election in October 2008 and re-election in June 2012.
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. André is the Chairman of the Assmang Exco, The Chairman of the Sakura Board (Smelter in Malaysia) and an Executive Director of Assmang. In this position he is responsible for all operational, legal, strategic and growth related to the division’s Iron Ore mines, its Manganese mines and Manganese smelters.
Lucky Kgatle began his journey in the mining industry after obtaining his BSc in engineering in 2001. He went on to obtain his MBA in 2009. During his career in the industry, now spanning beyond two decades, he has thrived in leadership roles encompassing both operational and strategic elements and responsibilities which, most recently, positioned him as the Senior Vice President of Sasol Mining, a coal mining company with six mines producing approximately 40 million tons of thermal coal per annum, supplied to JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol Limited as well as the export market.
Andrew is a senior partner at Deloitte Africa, where he leads the Energy and Resources practice in Africa, the Monitor Deloitte corporate and business unit strategy capability and the CEO programme at the Deloitte Executive Institute. Andrews professional career spans 32 years – 14 in Industry, mainly in general management in industrial companies; and 18 in strategy and operational consulting.
Makgabo William Mabapa was elected as the NUM branch chairperson at Anglo Platinum Mogalakwena section in 1994 to 1995. In 1995 he was elected the branch secretary. In 1996 he was elected the full-time shop steward after the adoption of the first NUM Ten Year Plan at the 1996 National Congress held at Sinnodale, Pretoria to merge the branch secretary position and the full-time shop steward position. As a branch secretary/full-time shop steward, he also served as secretary for COSATU Local in Mokopane. In 1997 up until 2001 he was a branch secretary of the SACP at Molekane Village in Mogalakwena Local Municipality. In March 2002, at the 4th regional conference, he was elected as the Regional Secretary for North East Region until 2005. In 2005 at the 5th the regional conference, he was re-elected as the Regional Secretary until 2008. In 2008, at the 6th regional conference, he was re-elected as the Regional Secretary until 2011. In 2011 at the 7th regional conference, he was re-elected as the Regional Secretary until 2014. In 2014, at the 8th regional conference, he was re-elected as the Regional Secretary until 2015 when he was elected as the Deputy General Secretary at the 15th and 16th National Congress held at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. He currently sits on the Mineworkers Investment Company Board as Executive Director, the Mineworkers Investment Trust as a Trustee and Royal Bafokeng Platinum and State Diamond Trader as a Board member.
Otsile Matlou is ENSafrica’s Chief Operating Officer, Practice Integration. He is also a Director and Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department. As COO, Practice Integration, Otsile ensures the seamless delivery of effective solutions for clients across the continent. As Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department, Otsile’s expertise covers the circle of mining – from exploration, mining and beneficiation to downscaling and closure.
Bothwell Mazarura is the Chief Financial Officer at Kumba Iron Ore, a position he has held since September 2017. Prior to that he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Wescoal Holdings Limited from July 2016. He previously held various senior financial roles at Lonmin Plc from 2010, including Group Head of Finance, Head of Treasury and Acting Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Lonmin Plc, he was a Partner at Deloitte & Touche from 2002, where he also spent some time working in the United Kingdom. Bothwell holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree from the University of South Africa and is an accredited Chartered Accountant in three jurisdictions – England and Wales, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Sandy joined Allan Gray as an investment analyst and economist in October 1991. Previously he was employed by Gold Fields of South Africa Limited in a variety of management positions for 24 years, where much of his experience was focused on investment-related activities. His current responsibilities include the management of fixed interest and individual client portfolios and he is a fund manager for the Allan Gray Bond Fund. He was a director of Allan Gray Limited from 1997 to 2006.
Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela is the Chairman of Menar which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Kangra and East Manganese. He is an experienced media practitioner and business leader. As a political and policy analyst, Mpumelelo regularly comments on South Africa’s political economy.
Vusi is currently the Sector Lead: Mining & Chemicals (Client Coverage) within the Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank franchise. He has been at Nedbank in various roles for the last 12 years. Pre-banking he held positions including Treasury & Corporate Finance Manager for Total South Africa, Treasury Manager at Dunlop Tyres and Assistant Manager at KPMG. In a post-articles career spanning 22 years, he has been involved in various capacities on multiple transactions for a number entities in different sectors. Over the years he has been privileged to lead diverse professionals and teams in different geographies.
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. He has a proven track record as a successful operator and is a highly-rated leader and strategic thinker. Nico was appointed to the board of Implats as both Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director in April 2017. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice-President of Gold Fields’ South African operations (South Deep) for three years, where he fulfilled a pivotal role in re-energising and repositioning the mine for a sustainable future.
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. After starting at Anglo American as a graduate trainee, in 2001, he transferred to Anglo American Platinum, where he was first appointed Business Manager of the Polokwane Smelter, then Executive Head of processing.
Sipho Nkosi is a mentor that continuously challenges teams to collectively leave a lasting impact on the economic landscape, being a true visionary and guiding light. Sipho is the Independent Director of Tronox Limited, Sanlam and the Chairman of the Talent10 Holdings Group. In February 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Nkosi as the head of the red tape team in the office of the Presidency; this initiative will promote ease of businesses processes in the country. In March 2016, he retired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Exxaro Resources Limited. Sipho founded Eyesizwe Holdings and served as CEO before its merger into Exxaro in 2006. He is also Chairman of Eyesizwe Holdings and a Board Member of Eyesizwe Mining.
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). In 2006, Fiona formed AIM Mining Research and, in the same year, published "Understanding Junior Miners" in conjunction with three geologists and a mining engineer.
Noel’s career with South32 spans more than 25 years. He joined the company in 1994 as a Maintenance Engineer at Hillside Aluminium in South Africa, and after several leadership roles in maintenance, production, business improvement and human resources, he was appointed as Bayside Operations Manager in 2008, where he led the consolidation of the Bayside and Hillside smelters into a single business (Aluminium South Africa). In 2009, Noel took up the role of Maintenance Manager at the Worsley Alumina Refinery in Australia where he spent three years before returning to South Africa in 2012 to take on the role of General Manager for Aluminium South Africa. In 2015, Noel was appointed to the role of President, Aluminium South Africa where he led the transformation of the Hillside business. In 2018, Noel returned to Australia as Vice President Operations at Worsley. In 2021, he returned to South Africa in the role of Chief Operating Officer overseeing South32 operations in Africa and Colombia. Noel is a trained Mechanical Engineer and holds a National Higher Diploma (NHDP) from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Niël Pretorius has two decades of experience in the mining industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer designate of DRDGOLD Limited on 21 August 2008 and Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2009. Niël also serves as an elected Council Member with the Minerals Council of South Africa. Niël initially joined the company on 1 May 2003 as a legal adviser and was promoted to the position of Group Legal Counsel on 1 September 2004 and General Manager: Corporate Services on 1 April 2005.
Brad Rogers became Managing Director of Jupiter Mines on 1 August 2022. Jupiter holds a 49.9% interest in the Tshipi Borwa manganese mine in South Africa and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
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. He has experience in numerous stock exchange transactions, including IPOs, fund raisings, and reporting accountant work for acquisitions. He has a specific focus on mining clients across commodities and mining methods. Andries is the project leader for the firm’s SA Mine and Global Mine publications which gives him excellent insight into industry wide issues. Although he has a specific focus on mining and construction clients, Andries also has a variety of cross industry exposure with previous involvements in retail, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, banking and insurance clients. His core industries has given him the opportunity to work with cross border teams on a regular basis.
Rick began his career 47 years ago in 1974 in the securities business and has been involved in it ever since. He is known for his expertise in many resource sectors, including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water. Mr. Rule is actively engaged in private placement markets, through originating and participating in hundreds of debt and equity transactions
Henry Sanderson is executive editor for Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. He previously covered commodities and mining for the Financial Times for seven years. Before that he lived and worked in China from 2007 to 2014, where he was a Beijing-based reporter for Bloomberg News. He is the author of Volt Rush, the Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green, which was published in July.
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. He is a mineral exploration and evaluation specialist with extensive experience globally and across Africa in multidisciplinary minerals projects. This experience includes tenure and permitting, geology, mineral resources and reserves, mining, processing, infrastructure, risk and financial analysis, environmental and social governance. Keith is currently the CEO of Fraser Alexander and has sat on the board of a public mining company and on several private boards of mineral exploration companies.
Richard Stewart has 20 years’ experience in South Africa’s geological and mining industries, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and is a Registered Natural Scientist. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater in 2014, he served on the Gold One Executive Committee, from 2009 to 2014, in both Technical and Business Development related roles. Richard was also the CEO of JSE listed Goliath Gold Limited, from 2013 to 2014. Prior to that he was an Investment Consultant for the Private Equity Group, African Global Capital Proprietary Limited and held management positions at Uranium One and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Mining Technology division. He was a co-founding member and director of Shango Solutions, a geological consultancy firm.
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.
Gaba Tabane is the Managing Director in Sales at Accenture as well as the Leader of the Africa Public Service Industry Group. Prior to joining Accenture, Gaba was a Director at Deloitte for twelve years and served in various capacities, including heading up the Public Sector for the Africa firm prior to leading same for the consulting business, being a member of the Consulting EXCO and serving two terms on the Board of Deloitte Africa. He also served as the head of North West Provincial Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Invest North West) for six years, streamlining its strategy, processes and operations for maximum performance and achieving 5 consecutive unqualified audits during that tenure.
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).
Phillip was appointed Chief Operating Officer, African Rainbow Minerals Limited (ARM) from 15 November 2021 to date. Prior to joining ARM he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of capital projects, new business development and corporate strategy on 1 March 2016 to 14 November 2021 for Harmony. He joined Harmony on 1 July 2014 as the Regional General Manager for Kusasalethu, Doornkop and Kalgold. He has been in the mining industry for more than 20 years, initially as a postgraduate mining engineer with Gold Fields Limited at their various operations. His operational and managerial experience was developed at a number of gold and platinum mines. Prior to joining Harmony, he was a consulting mining engineer for Anglo American Platinum Joint Venture Operations. He was appointed as the first black President of the Association of the Mine Managers of South Africa in 2008.
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.
Piet Viljoen started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and subsequently joined SARB as an economic analyst. He joined Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 as a portfolio manager and later moved onto Investec Asset Management in 1995. He founded RECM in 2003 and is currently Chairperson. He is a director of two listed investment companies - RAC (Pty) Ltd and Astoria Investments Ltd. He also manages the Counterpoint Value Fund.
Songezo Zibi is the Chairman of Rivonia Circle and author of the recently-launched Manifesto – A New Vision for South Africa and his 2014 book, Raising the Bar – Hope and Renewal in South Africa, which was long-listed for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award of 2016.
Mpumi was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kumba Iron Ore Limited with effect from 1 January 2022 and joined the Kumba Board as an executive director. She also assumed the role of Chairman of the operating entity, Sishen Iron Ore Company (Pty) Ltd. Mpumi was a De Beers Group bursar and officially joined De Beers in 2001 as a process engineer. As part of her production journey, she worked on process improvement and plant design projects and also worked in various leadership levels within production management. She was appointed General Manager at De Beers Kimberley Mines in 2007, becoming the first female General Manager in the De Beers Group. In 2010, she was appointed General Manager of De Beers Voorspoed mine and three and a half years later became Senior Vice-President of De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa.