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Minerals Council Office Bearers

  • Minerals Council South Africa President: Nolitha Fakude
    President: Nolitha Fakude

    President: Nolitha Fakude

    BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Fort Hare; Senior Executive Programme, Harvard Business School

    Nolitha Fakude is the Chair of Anglo American’s Management Board in South Africa as well as the Group Director responsible for South Africa on Anglo American plc’s Group Management Committee. Nolitha previously served as a Non-executive Director of the Board of Anglo American plc from 2017 to 2019. 

    Nolitha was formerly a Vice President of the Minerals Council Board, and is the Chair of the Minerals Council Women in Mining Leadership Forum.

    She has worked in and held senior executive positions in various industries and sectors including retail, financial services, mining and oil and gas. Until 2016, Fakude served as an Executive Director at Sasol Limited and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Sustainability.

    Nolitha was the President of the Black Management Forum (BMF) from 2003 to 2006 and its Managing Director between 2000 and 2003. She now serves as a member of the Council of Elders, and is a respected authority on transformation and empowerment in South Africa.

    Currently, Nolitha serves as a Non-Executive Director of the JSE Limited, Discovery Bank Holdings and International Woman’s Forum South Africa. She is a Patron of Guild Cottage home for girls.

    Her previous board roles include serving as Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director of Datacentrix Holdings Limited, Chairperson of Sasol Mining and as a Non-Executive Director of Harmony Gold Mines and Woolworths Holdings amongst others.

    Her accolades include: The 2004 Most Influential Businesswoman by Financial Mail, Impala Platinum Young Entrepreneur Award and the National Honor by the Golden Key Society of the University of Johannesburg.

    Nolitha is an author of a book titled, “Boardroom Dancing – Transformation stories from a Corporate Activist”, published in 2019.

  • Minerals Council South Africa Vice President: Paul Dunne
    Vice President: Paul Dunne

    Vice President: Paul Dunne

    BSc (Hons), MBA

    Paul Dunne joined Northam in March 2014 as chief executive officer. He is a non-executive director of Zambezi Platinum (RF) Limited and the International Platinum Group Metals Association (IPA). He was formerly an executive director at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, responsible for all mining, concentrating and smelting operations at the group’s Rustenburg and Marula mines.

  • Minerals Council South Africa Vice President: Themba Mkhwanazi
    Vice President: Themba Mkhwanazi

    Vice President: Themba Mkhwanazi

    B Eng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

    Themba Mkhwanazi is the CEO of Kumba Iron Ore and a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) at Anglo American. Prior to joining Kumba, he held the position of CEO of Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa from May 2014 to 1 September 2016. He has extensive experience in the resources industry, including 20 years in his native South Africa, as well as in the USA and Australia.

    Themba was a Managing Director of Huntsman Tioxide in South Africa until 2007 when he was appointed COO of Richards Bay Minerals, a joint venture between Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

    In 2011, Themba was seconded to Rio Tinto’s Australian coal business, before taking up the role of Regional General Manager for the Americas in 2012.

  • Minerals Council South Africa Vice President: Peter Steenkamp
    Vice President: Peter Steenkamp

    Vice President: Peter Steenkamp

    B Eng (Mining), Mine Managers Certificate Metal Mines, Mine Managers Certificate Fiery Mines, CPIR, MDP, BLDP

    Peter Steenkamp has been CEO of Harmony since January 2016. A highly experienced mining engineer by profession, Peter has some 42 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to his role as Harmony CEO, Peter was Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited and held executive positions at Harmony, from 2003 to 2007, African Rainbow Minerals and Pamodzi Gold.

    He is a member and past president of the Association of Mine Managers South Africa and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


  • Kuyasa Mining (Executive Chair): Ayanda Bam
    Ayanda Bam, Kuyasa Mining (Executive Chair)
  • Minerals Council South Africa Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Roger Baxter
    Roger Baxter, Minerals Council South Africa (CEO)
  • Richards Bay Minerals (Managing Director): Werner Duvenhage
    Werner Duvenhage, Richards Bay Minerals (Managing Director)
  • Glencore South Africa (CEO): Japie Fullard
    Japie Fullard, Glencore South Africa (CEO)
  • Palabora Mining Company (Executive Director and CEO): Jinghua Han
    Jinghua Han, Palabora Mining Company (Executive Director and CEO)
  • Glencore Coal South Africa (CEO): Murray Houston
    Murray Houston, Glencore Coal South Africa (CEO)
  • Sibanye-Stillwater (Executive Vice President: Legal and Compliance): Lerato Legong
    Lerato Legong, Sibanye-Stillwater (Executive Vice President: Legal and Compliance)
  • South African Diamond Producers Organisation (national executive member): Amo Marengwa
    Amo Marengwa, South African Diamond Producers Organisation (national executive member)
  • Managing Director Minerals
    Kgabi Masia, Exxaro (Managing Director Minerals)
  • Merafe Resources (CEO): Zanele Matlala
    Zanele Matlala, Merafe Resources (CEO)
  • Impala Platinum (CEO): Nico Muller
    Nico Muller, Impala Platinum (CEO)
  • Thungela (CEO) : July Ndlovu
    July Ndlovu, Thungela (CEO)
  • De Beers Consolidated Mines (Executive Chair): Barend Petersen
    Barend Petersen, De Beers Consolidated Mines (Executive Chair)
  • Royal Bafokeng Platinum (CEO): Steve Phiri
    Steve Phiri, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (CEO)
  • Aspasa (Director): Nico Pienaar
    Nico Pienaar, Aspasa (Director)
  • South32 Africa (Chief Operating Officer): Noel Pillay
    Noel Pillay , South32 Africa (Chief Operating Officer)
  • Gold Fields (Executive Vice President: South Africa): Martin Preece
    Martin Preece, Gold Fields (Executive Vice President: South Africa)
  • Niël Pretorius, DRDGOLD (CEO): Niel Pretorius
    Niël Pretorius, DRDGOLD (CEO)
  • Chief Operating Officer
    Jaison Rajan, Petra Diamonds
    (Chief Operating Officer)
  • African Rainbow Minerals (CEO): Mike Schmidt
    Mike Schmidt, African Rainbow Minerals (CEO)
  • Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) (Executive director and CFO): Pushpender Singla
    Pushpender Singla, Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) (Executive director and CFO)
  • Orion Minerals (CEO): Errol Smart
    Errol Smart, (for Junior and Emerging Mines) – (CEO)
  • Sibanye-Stillwater (Chief Regional Officer: Southern Africa): Richard Stewart
    Richard Stewart, Sibanye-Stillwater (Chief Regional Officer: Southern Africa)
  • Seriti Resources (CEO): Mike Teke
    Mike Teke, Seriti Resources (CEO)
  • Exxaro (CEO Designate): Nombasa Tsengwa
    Nombasa Tsengwa, Exxaro (CEO Designate)
  • Anglo American Platinum (CEO): Natascha Viljoen
    Natascha Viljoen, Anglo American Platinum (CEO)
  • Assore (CEO): Charles Walters
    Charles Walters, Assore (CEO)
  • Sasol Mining
    Hermann Wenhold, Sasol Mining (Senior Vice President)
  • Managing Director Minerals
    Mpumi Zikalala, Kumba Iron Ore (CEO)

Minerals council executives

  • Minerals Council South Africa Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Roger Baxter
    Chief Executive Officer: Roger Baxter
  • Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive Environment, Health and Legacies: Nikisi Lesufi
    Senior Executive: Environment, Health and Legacies: Nikisi Lesufi
  • Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive Finance and Administration: Harry Groenewald
    Senior Executive: Finance and Administration: Harry Groenewald
  • Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive Modernisation and Safety: Sietse Van Der Woude
    Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety: Sietse van der Woude
  • Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive Public Affairs and Transformation: Tebello Chabana
    Senior Executive: Public Affairs and Transformation: Tebello Chabana