Meet our Leaders

Leadership

Board of Directors

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Jeffrey van Rooyen

Chairman of the Board

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.


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Mxolisi Donald Mbuyisa Mgojo

Chief Executive Officer

Bsc Computer Science, BSc (hons)(Energy Studies), MBA, Advanced Management Programme (Wharton)

Previously at Eyesizwe Coal, Mxolisi was responsible for marketing and logistics. After Exxaro’s formation, he managed the base metals and industrial minerals commodity business before being appointed to head our coal operations from August 2008. Mxolisi was appointed CEO Designate on 1 May 2015 and CEO on 1 April 2016. Mxolisi is a director of Tronox Limited, Talent10 Holdings and Dynamo Investment Holdings. He was elected President of the Chamber of Mines (now called Minerals Council South Africa) on 24 May 2017.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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LIKHAPHA MBATHA

DIRECTOR (DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER)

LLB – University of Lesotho; BA – University of Lesotho; LLM – University of the Witwatersrand

Likhapha currently coaches National Movement of Rural Women (NMRW) coordinators in development methods and systems, project preparation, finance and management. She also supervises, monitors, and evaluates small and medium development projects. Likhapha understands that poverty, inadequate education, nutrition, poor health, government policies and/or the exploitative nature of humans are uncontrollable variables that can lead to poverty. She therefore focuses on development as an opportunity for affected individuals to lead equal and satisfactory lives within their community, despite their circumstances.


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GERALDINE FRASER-MOLEKETI

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MA (Public Administration), D Phil

In addition to her role as Independent Non-Executive Director, Geraldine is a member of both Exxaro’s Social and Ethics Committee, and Remuneration and Nomination Committee. She is a fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has completed a leadership course at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Pretoria, and has been recognised with a number of awards, including the OP Dwivedi Public Service Award from the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration, as well as a special award for outstanding achievement from the University of Pretoria’s School of Public Management and Administration. Geraldine serves as Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University, and as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Standard Bank Group and Standard Bank South Africa.


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MARK MOFFETT

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BCom (CTA), CA (SA)

Mark has served in his role as Independent Non-Executive Director since April 2018, and is also involved with Exxaro’s Audit Committee, Sustainability, Risk and Compliance Committee and Finance Committee After completing his articles with PwC in 1986 and a relatively short period in the auditing field, Mark ventured into the mining industry, joining Anglo American in Botswana in 1988. Over the next 18 years, he spent time with both Anglo American and De Beers, holding a variety of senior financial positions in many different countries within Africa, Europe and the UK. In 2006, he joined Xstrata plc as CFO of Xstrata Alloys, at the time the world’s largest producer of ferrochrome and a leading producer of primary vanadium, with an emerging interest in platinum group metals. 2011 saw Mark taking on a new challenge in Switzerland, where he was responsible for all aspects of Xstrata’s group financial planning, and all internal and external reporting associated with group merger and acquisitions, and capital market activities.


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Lenamile Isaac Mophatlane

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

He is the co-founder, shareholder and a director of the Randvest Group, its core focus is leveraged acquisitions and strategic investments in mainly technology companies. Isaac was a co-founder of BCX, one of Africa’s leading technology companies, and currently serves as an independent NED of CrossFin Technologies, a Fintech investment holding company. Isaac is Chairman of Bothomed which is currently a shareholder with the PIC in the listed Dischem Pharmacies Limited. He is also a member of the Black Management Forum, the Electronics Industries Federation of South Africa, the Black Information Technology Forum and non-executive deputy chairman of the Catholic Education Investment Company. He is the Trustee of his Alma Mater Christian Brother’s College – Kimberley.


Executive Committee

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Mxolisi Donald Mbuyisa Mgojo

Chief Executive Officer

Bsc Computer Science, BSc (hons)(Energy Studies), MBA, Advanced Management Programme (Wharton)

Previously at Eyesizwe Coal, Mxolisi was responsible for marketing and logistics. After Exxaro’s formation, he managed the base metals and industrial minerals commodity business before being appointed to head our coal operations from August 2008. Mxolisi was appointed CEO Designate on 1 May 2015 and CEO on 1 April 2016. Mxolisi is a director of Tronox Limited, Talent10 Holdings and Dynamo Investment Holdings. He was elected President of the Chamber of Mines (now called Minerals Council South Africa) on 24 May 2017.


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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.


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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 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Alex de Angelis

Executive Head: Strategy and Business Transformation

BSc Mechanical Engineering

Alex has a mechanical engineering background, with mining experience across a range of commodities. In his early career Alex worked at several platinum and gold mines across South Africa and Australia. He later moved into strategy consulting where he spent 13 years working on large-scale strategy, transformation and innovation projects across a variety of companies and industries. In 2018 Alex joined Exxaro where he has been leading Business Excellence, with a focus on integrating lean process improvements with digital tools and enablers. Alex is passionate about technology and realising future potential and spends his spare time following new tech and leadership trends, keeping fit and spending quality time with his family.