Meet our Leaders

Leadership

Board of Directors

Dr Deenadayalen Konar

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCom, CA(SA), MAS, DCom, CRMA

After completing his articles at Ernst & Young, Len began his career as an academic at the University of Durban-Westville. He then spent six years with the Independent Development Trust as head of investments and internal audit, prior to becoming a professional director of companies and consultant. Len is chairman of Steinhoff International and Mustek Limited and a member of the boards of Illovo Sugar, Sappi and Alexander Forbes. He is a past member of the ad hoc ethics panel of the United Nations, safeguards panel of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, co-chairman of the risk implementation oversight panel of the World Bank, and past chairman and member of the external audit committee of the International Monetary Fund.


Mxolisi Donald Mbuyisa Mgojo

Chief Executive Officer

BSc (Computer Science), Northeastern University, USA; BSC Hons (Energy Studies), Rand Afrikaans University; Diploma in International Financial Management: MBA, Henley Management College, UK; Societé General Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Programme (Kellogg, USA); Advanced Management Programme (Wharton)

As Chief Executive Officer at Exxaro, I am accountable for all the various goings on within the organisation, where I have worked since its inception in November 2006. I was also elected as President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa on 24 May 2017, and as a council member of Business Leadership South Africa.


Pieter Adriaan Koppeschaar

Finance Director (Executive Director)

BCom (Hons), CA (SA), Advanced Management Programme (Insead), Advanced Certificate in Taxation, Advanced Certificate in Treasury Management

After completing his articles at Coopers and Lybrand in 1995, Riaan held various managerial positions in Treasury and Corporate Finance at Iscor Limited, Kumba Resources Limited and Exxaro Resources Limited. He was responsible for the treasury operations as well as structuring finance and other corporate transactions. Riaan was Exxaro’s general manager for Corporate Finance and Treasury for 10 years until his appointment as finance director in July 2016.


Salukazi Dakile Hlongwane

Independent Non-Executive Director

BA (Economics and Statistics), MA (Development Economics)

Salukazi is chairman of Nozala Investments, which she co-founded in 1996. She has extensive experience in development finance, structured and specialised finance. She is a non-executive director of Nozala investee companies including Basadi Ba Kopane Proprietary Limited, Woodlands Dairy Proprietary Limited and Tsebo Outsourcing Group Proprietary Limited. She is also a non-executive director of MultiChoice South Africa Holdings Limited and a trustee of Nozala Trust, Chancellor House Trust and the National Movement of Rural Women.


Dr Constantinus Johannes Fauconnier

Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (eng)(mining), BSc (hons) (eng), MSc (eng), DEng (Pretoria), MBA (Oregon), DSc (honoris causa) (Free State), Strategic Leadership Programme (Oxford), Senior Executive Finance Programme (Oxford), registered international professional engineer

For 32 years, Con worked for various mining companies, lastly as managing director of Iscor Mining. In 2001, he was appointed chief executive of Kumba Resources Limited and, in 2006, as CEO of Exxaro Resources Limited. He served on the executive council of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and was president from 2003 to 2005. He is a fellow of the South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Institute of Directors of Southern Africa and South African Academy of Engineering. Con has been an honorary professor in the department of mining engineering at the University of Pretoria and a fellow at the Gordon Institute of Business Science since 2007. He was an independent non-executive director at Xstrata plc from 2010 to 2013.


Vincent Zwelibanzi Mntambo

Non-Executive Director

BJuris, LLB (Univ North West), LLM (Yale)

Zwelibanzi is executive chairman of Xalam Performance. He was previously senior lecturer at the University of Natal; executive director of IMSSA; director-general of Gauteng Province and chairman of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. He is chairman of Main Street 333 Proprietary Limited. He is also a director of SA Tourism Proprietary Limited and a trustee of the Paleo-Anthropologial Scientific Trust.


Dr Mahomed Fazel Randera

Non-Executive Director

MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG

Globally, Fazel has served as board and council member of the World Medical Association (1997-2000), and chaired the global initiative on HIV/Aids reporting (2004). In South Africa, he sat on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1995-1998), founded the Ethics Institute and served as chairman (1997-2000), and served on the Human Rights Commission (1997-1999). Working in hospitals and facilities in the UK and South Africa, he specialised in a range of medical disciplines, including occupational health and HIV/Aids. Fazel chaired the Private Healthcare Forum (2004-2007) and was the health advisor at the Chamber of Mines. He is chairman of Nehawu Investment Holdings and MediTech South Africa.


Jeffrey van Rooyen

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCom, BCompt (hons), CA(SA)

Jeff is a director of various companies in the Uranus Group, non-executive director of MTN Group Limited, Pick n Pay Stores Limited and Pick n Pay Holdings Limited. He is a former chairman of the Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC), a former trustee of the International Accounting Standards Foundation and member of the University of Pretoria’s faculty of economic and management sciences’ oversight board. He was a partner at Deloitte & Touche, chairman of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board, CEO of the Financial Services Board and advisor to the former Minister of Public Enterprises. Jeff is a founder member and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa.


Vuyisa Nkonyeni

Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (inf proc), BSc (hons), postgraduate diploma in accounting, CA(SA)

Vuyisa has over 15 years’ experience in investment banking and private equity. He served his training contract as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and then joined Deutsche Bank in 1997, where he gained investment banking experience primarily in corporate and project finance advisory work over four years. He serves on the boards of Emira Property Fund and Idwala Industrial Holdings Proprietary Limited. He has served as financial director of Worldwide African Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited and director at Actis llp in their black economic empowerment funding unit. He was appointed chief executive officer of Kagiso Tiso Holdings in January 2012.


Dalikhaya Zihlangu

Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (eng)(mining) (Wits), MDP (SBL,Unisa), MBA (WBS, Wits)

Rain is CEO of Eyabantu Capital Consortium. Between 1989 and 1994 he was a stoper/developer and shift boss at Vaal Reefs Gold Mining Company. From 1995 to 2002 he progressed to mine manager at Impala Platinum Limited, and served as CEO of Alexkor Limited from 2002 to 2005. From 2006 to 2012, he was an independent non-executive director of the South African National Oil and Gas Company (PetroSA) and served on its business performance monitoring committee. He also serves on the board, audit, remuneration, nominations and investment committees of Sentula Mining Limited.


Monhla Wilma Hlahla

Non-Executive Director

MA (urban planning) (UCLA School of Architecture and Planning), advanced management programme (Insead), certificate in accounting and finance (Wits Business School)

Monhla spent the larger part of her career in the infrastructure sector starting in 1994 at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. The DBSA subsequently seconded her to the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit and was appointed to serve as a non-executive Chairperson of Johannesburg Water utility, followed by an appointment as the Managing Director of Airports Company South Africa in November 2001. She previously served as chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation and currently she is chairman of Royal Bafokeng Holdings Limited and a non-executive director of Liberty Holdings and Stanlib Limited.


Saleh Mayet

Non-Executive Director

BCom, BCompt (hons), CA (SA), Advanced Management Programme (GIBS)

Saleh is a financial professional with over 30 years’ experience in the Anglo American group in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has been head of finance for Anglo American South Africa Limited since 2008. He has extensive experience on a wide range of corporate activities and currently serves on the boards of Anglo American South Africa and its strategic subsidiaries and trusts, as well as various senior management committees tasked with strategy, driving value initiatives and engaging with key stakeholders. Saleh is also a non-executive director of Distribution and Warehouse Network Limited where he chairs the audit and risk committees and serves on the remuneration and nominations committees.


Erasmus Jacobus Myburgh

Independent Non-Executive Director

BEng (electrical) (Pretoria), BSc (hons) (energy studies) (Johannesburg), MBL (Stellenbosch), executive programme (Virginia)

Between 1982 and 1996 Ras held various operational and executive positions in operating, maintenance, engineering and power station management in Eskom. In 1997 he joined Iscor Mining, where he led companywide cost improvement, business re-engineering and transformation and empowerment projects. He was appointed managing director of Kumba Resources’ coal business in 2000 and headed up the transformation unit from 2003 that managed the empowerment and mineral rights conversion of the company, including project managing the empowerment transaction and the unbundling of the company into Exxaro and Kumba Iron Ore. He was appointed as the first CEO of Kumba Iron Ore at the unbundling in 2006. Following the 2008 electricity crisis, Ras was seconded to Eskom to develop and implement a long-term coal supply strategy. In 2011 he co-founded Hindsight Financial and Commercial Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a boutique corporate professional advisory firm, providing investment banking, business development, specialist commercial solutions, strategy and business improvement advisory services to the resources, energy and industrial sectors. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa, an independent non-executive director of The Heartlines Centre NPC and serves on the international advisory board of Unashamedly Ethical NPO.


Petrus Casparus Christiaan Hendrik Snyders

Independent Non-Executive Director

B Eng (Mining)(Pretoria), Diploma in Marketing Management (Unisa), MCom (Business Management)(Rand Afrikaans University)

Peet is employed since November 2014 at Submex Investment, a company focusing on niche coal projects. He was the CEO of Mmakau Coal from September 2013 to October 2014. Sable Mining Africa appointed Peet as chief operating officer from August 2011 to August 2013. He was the director operations of Keaton Energy from January 2010 to July 2011. He was chief operating officer between April 2009 and December 2009 at Continental Coal. Between April 2004 and March 2009 Peet was managing director of Riversdale Holdings and a business manager at Anglo Platinum from March 2003 to March 2004. He worked at Kumba coal from 2000 to 2003, was mine manager at Iscor’s Durnacol and Thabazimbi mines between 1994 and 2000 and worked as a production manager at Amcoal from 1989 to 1994. Peet started his career at Sasol Coal in Secunda as project engineer from June 1986 to July 1989. He holds memberships of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and was chairman of the northern region and vice president of the South African Colliery Managers Association.


Executive Committee

Mxolisi Donald Mbuyisa Mgojo

Chief Executive Officer

BSc (Computer Science), Northeastern University, USA; BSC Hons (Energy Studies), Rand Afrikaans University; Diploma in International Financial Management: MBA, Henley Management College, UK; Societé General Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Programme (Kellogg, USA); Advanced Management Programme (Wharton)

As Chief Executive Officer at Exxaro, I am accountable for all the various goings on within the organisation, where I have worked since its inception in November 2006. I was also elected as President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa on 24 May 2017, and as a council member of Business Leadership South Africa.


Pieter Adriaan Koppeschaar

Finance Director (Executive Director)

BCom (Hons), CA (SA), Advanced Management Programme (Insead), Advanced Certificate in Taxation, Advanced Certificate in Treasury Management

After completing his articles at Coopers and Lybrand in 1995, Riaan held various managerial positions in Treasury and Corporate Finance at Iscor Limited, Kumba Resources Limited and Exxaro Resources Limited. He was responsible for the treasury operations as well as structuring finance and other corporate transactions. Riaan was Exxaro’s general manager for Corporate Finance and Treasury for 10 years until his appointment as finance director in July 2016.


Dr Nombasa Tsengwa

Executive Head Coal Operations

Ph.D. (Agronomy), University of Maryland, College Park, US, Executive Development Programme (EDP) (Insead, France)

As Executive Head of Coal Operations, it is my responsibility to oversee the operations and functioning of the Coal Business and its ventures that are managed by Exxaro Coal, where I have been working for the past fourteen years. Additionally, I assist the CEO with the formulation and execution of Exxaro’s strategy. Managing the growth of the Coal commodity through strategic initiatives, as well as the marketing and logistics of all products, is my mandate.


Mzila Isaac Mthenjane

Executive head: Stakeholder Affairs

BSc (Mining eng), Senior Management Development Programme (GIMT)

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.


Vanisha Balgobind

Executive Head of Human Resources

BA (Hons) (Industrial Psychology), MA (Industrial Psychology), Management Development Programme (GIBS)

I am a registered industrial psychologist with 18 years’ experience in the mining industry. I was appointed as an HR assistant at Mondi Kraft in Richards bay in 1996 and went on to join the (then) Iscor Mining in 1997 as an HR trainee. I was further employed at Kumba Resources as an HR consultant and Talent Management consultant between 1998 and 2006. I was appointed at Exxaro as the manager for Talent Management and Staffing for five years, manager for corporate projects and HR optimisation for two years and had a short stint as the group manager Talent and Learning. 


Mongezi Veti

Executive Head of Sustainability

National Higher Diplomas in Metalliferous Mining and Coal Mining (Technicon Witwatersrand), MBL (Unisa), Advanced Management Programme (Wharton), Mine Overseer’s Certificate and Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency for Fiery Mines

I began my career in the early 1980s, working for AngloGold at Western Deep Levels and joined Sasol Mining in 1994. In 2002, I became mine manager at Arnot, and was appointed general manager Area 2 in Exxaro soon after the merger, before assuming my current role in February 2010.


Johan Gerhard Meyer

Executive Head Projects and Technology

B Eng (Metallurgy), MBA, Advanced Management Programme (Insead)

Being an active, innovative and passionate executive, I work to shape and implement Exxaro’s core strategy. Implementing coal growth projects to create future value beyond 2025, and optimising our ‘Resources to Market’ journey to create maximum value from our Coal resources, all fall under my scope of responsibility. However, the most important facet of my work is being an authentic leader, creating hope for employees and the citizens of South Africa.


Antonie Willem Diedericks

Executive Head of Business Development

B. Eng in Mining, Executive Development Program (EDP) at the University of Darden (USA

As the Executive Head of Business Development, my responsibilities include facilitating, formulating and tracking the implementation of Exxaro’s strategy as we strive to achieve our true vision and purpose, while creating a new business pillar in the "Materials of the Future" environment. Furthermore, my team and I assist our coal colleagues to establish a robust and optimised coal portfolio via smart investments and divestments, helping establish an optimised Exxaro portfolio and aligning capital allocation accordingly.