Directors and management

‘The board comprises nine independent non-executive directors, the CEO and CFO.’


Sello Moloko (48)


BSc (Honours) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Leicester
Advanced Management Programme, Wharton

Sello Moloko was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board on 1 January 2013. Prior to this, he served as a director of Gold Fields from 25 February 2011 to 31 December 2012. Sello is the Executive Chairman and founder of the Thesele Group and Chairman of the Alexander Forbes Group. He has an extensive career in financial services, including periods at Brait Asset Managers and Old Mutual, where he was CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers until 2004. Sello’s other directorships are Sycom Property Fund and Acucap Limited. He is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Investment Committee.

Neal Froneman (54)

Chief Executive Officer Executive Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee

BSc Mech Eng (Ind Opt), University of the Witwatersrand
BCompt, University of South Africa Pr Eng

Neal Froneman was appointed an executive director and CEO of Sibanye on 1 January 2013. He has over 30 years of relevant operational, corporate development and mining industry experience. He was appointed CEO of Aflease Gold Limited (Aflease Gold) in April 2003. Aflease Gold, through a series of reverse takeovers, became Gold One in May 2009. Neal was primarily responsible for the creation of Uranium One Inc. (Uranium One) from the Aflease Gold uranium assets. During this period, he was CEO of both Aflease Gold and Uranium One until his resignation from Uranium One in February 2008. Prior to joining Aflease Gold, Neal held executive and senior management positions at Gold Fields of South Africa Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) and JCI Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Delview Three Proprietary Limited, Hi- Zone Traders 116 Proprietary Limited, 17 Perissa Proprietary Limited and Forestry Services Proprietary Limited.

Charl Keyter (40)

Chief Financial Officer Executive Director

BCom, University of Johannesburg
MBA, North-West University

Charl Keyter was appointed a director on 9 November 2012 and was appointed an executive director and CFO of Sibanye on 1 January 2013. Previously, he was Vice President and Group Head of International Finance for Gold Fields. Charl has more than 18 years’ mining experience having begun his career in February 1995 with Gold Fields. He is also a non-executive director of Oil Recovery and Maintenance Services Proprietary Limited.

Timothy Cumming (56)

Non-executive director

BSc (Honours) (Engineering), University of Cape Town
BA (PPE), MA (Oxon)

Timothy Cumming was appointed a non-executive director on 21 February 2013. He is the founder and partner of Scatterlinks, a South African-based company offering mentoring and coaching to senior business executives as well as strategic advisory services to financial services businesses. He was previously involved with the Old Mutual Group in various capacities: CEO of the Old Mutual Investment Group SA; Executive Vice President – Director of Global Business Development of Old Mutual Asset Management (USA); Managing Director – Head of Corporate Segment of Old Mutual (South Africa); Strategy Director of Old Mutual (Emerging Markets); and Interim CEO of Old Mutual Investment Group (South Africa). He was also executive director and Head of Investment Research (Africa) for HSBC Securities. Timothy started his career as a management trainee at the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited. He worked on a number of diamond mines and was Resident Engineer at Anglo’s gold mines in Welkom.

Barry Davison (68)

Non-executive director

BA (Law and Economics), University of the Witwatersrand
Graduate Commerce Diploma, Birmingham University
CIS Diploma in Advanced Financial Management and Advanced
Executive Programme, University of South Africa

Barry Davison was appointed a non-executive director on 21 February 2013. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry and served as executive Chairman of Anglo American Platinum Limited (Anglo Platinum), Chairman of Anglo American plc’s Platinum Division and Ferrous Metals and Industries Division and executive director of Anglo American plc. He was a director of a number of listed companies including Nedbank Group Limited, Kumba Resources Limited, Samancor Limited and the Tongaat-Hulett Group Limited.

Richard Menell (58)

Non-executive director

MA (Natural Sciences, Geology), Trinity College, Cambridge
MSc (Mineral Exploration and Management), Stanford University

Richard (Rick) Menell was appointed a non-executive director on 1 January 2013. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and has been a director of Gold Fields since 8 October 2008. Previously, he has occupied the positions of President and Member of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, President and CEO of TEAL Exploration & Mining Inc., Chairman of Anglovaal Mining Limited and Avgold Limited, Chairman of Bateman Engineering, Deputy Chairman of Harmony and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. He has also been a Director of Telkom SA Limited, Standard Bank Group Limited and Mutual and Federal Insurance Company Limited. He is currently a non-executive director and Chairman of Credit Suisse Securities Johannesburg, non-executive director of Weir Group plc, Rockwell Diamonds Inc. and the Tourism Enterprise Partnership. Rick is a Trustee of Brand South Africa and the Carrick Foundation. He is Co-Chairman of the City Year South Africa Citizen Service Organisation, and Chairman and trustee of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust.

Nkosemntu Nika (56)

Non-executive director

BCom, University of Fort Hare
BCompt (Honours), Unisa
Advanced Management Programme, INSEAD CA(SA)

Nkosemntu Nika was appointed a non-executive director on 21 February 2013. He is currently an independent non-executive director of Scaw South Africa Proprietary Limited, ConvergeNet Holdings Limited and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Foskor Proprietary Limited. He was previously CFO and Finance Director of PetroSA (SOC) Limited and Executive Manager: Finance at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has held various internal auditing positions at Eskom, Shell and Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited. He was also a non-executive board member of the Industrial Development Corporation and chaired the Audit and Risk Committee and the Governance and Ethics Committee.

Keith Rayner (57)

Non-executive director

BCom, Rhodes University

Keith Rayner was appointed a non-executive director on 1 January 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience in corporate finance and is CEO of KAR Presentations which specialises in corporate finance and regulatory advice. He is an independent non-executive director of Goliath Gold Limited, Sabie Gold Proprietary Limited, John Daniel Holdings Limited, Keidav Properties Proprietary Limited and Appropriate Process Technologies Proprietary Limited. He is a member of the JSE’s Issuer Regulation Advisory Committee. He was a member of the committee that wrote the Takeover Regulations in the Companies Act. He is a non-practising member of the South African Institute of Stockbrokers, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a current and previous member of various SAMREC and SAMVAL working groups and a previous member of the Accounting Practices Committee.

Zola Skweyiya (72)

Non-executive director

LLD, University of Leipzig

Zola Skweyiya was appointed a non-executive director on 1 October 2013. He was Minister of Public Service and Administration from 1994 to 1999 and Minister of Social Development from 1999 to 2008. He was a founding member of the Centre for Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Zola also served on the board of trustees of the National Commission for the Rights of Children. He was previously the Chairman of the United Nations Commission for Social Development and the founder and chairman of the African National Congress Constitution Committee. In August 2013 he returned to South Africa after serving as the South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He is also a director of Umsimbithi Holdings.

Susan van der Merwe (59)

Non-executive director

BA, University of Cape Town

Susan van der Merwe was appointed as a non-executive director on 21 February 2013. She served as a member of parliament for 18 years until October 2013, and held various positions, including that of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the period 2004 to 2010. She is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. She has participated in various civil society organisations and currently serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Kay Mason Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation assisting disadvantaged scholars in Cape Town.

Jerry Vilakazi (53)

Non-executive director

BA, University of South Africa MA,
Thames Valley, MA, London
MBA, California Coast University

Jerry Vilakazi was appointed a non-executive director on 1 January 2013. He is Chairman of Palama, which he co-founded to facilitate investment in a diversified portfolio. He is the past CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). Prior to this he was Managing Director of the Black Management Forum. In 2009 Jerry was appointed to the Presidential Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council and in 2010 he was appointed as a Commissioner of the National Planning Commission. He was appointed Public Service Commissioner in 1999 and has played a critical role in shaping major public service policies in post 1994 South Africa. Jerry is the chairman of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board, Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency and the State Information and Technology Agency, or SITA. He is the non-executive Chairman of Netcare Limited and holds non-executive directorships in Goliath Gold Limited, Blue Label Telecoms, General Health Group (UK) and Palama Investments.


Sello Moloko, Neal Froneman, Charl Keyter, Keith Rayner and Zola Skweyiya retire by rotation at the upcoming Annual General Meeting and are eligible and offer themselves for re-election. Timothy Cumming, Barry Davison, Richard Menell, Nkosemntu Nika, Susan van der Merwe and Jerry Vilakazi retire by rotation in 2015.


Shadwick Bessit (51)

Senior Vice President: Technical Services

National Higher Diploma, Wits Technikon
Executive Development Programme, GIBS
Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency

Prior to joining Gold Fields on 6 July 2012, Shadwick Bessit was the Executive Director – Operations at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats). He occupied this position from 2005 to 2010 after joining Implats in November 2002 as General Manager. Previously he was employed at AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AngloGold Ashanti) from 1986 to 2002 where he moved through the ranks to General Manager level at Deelkraal, Elandsrand and Savuka mines.

Hartley Dikgale (53)

Vice-President: General Counsel and Sustainable Development

BIuris, University of the North
LLB, HDip (Company Law), University of the Witwatersrand
LLM, Vista

Hartley Dikgale is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa and has more than 30 years of corporate experience as a business executive. He has served on more than 20 boards of directors of both listed and unlisted companies. He was initiated in the mining sector in 2004 when he served in the JSE listed Pamodzi Gold Limited as a non-executive Director.

He has worked for the following companies and institutions, among others: Sanlam, Old Mutual, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Rand Water and Pamodzi Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited. In recent years, Hartley has worked for Rand Uranium Proprietary Limited (Rand Uranium) in an executive capacity as a General Counsel.

When Gold One acquired Rand Uranium, Hartley joined and served Gold One in the capacity of a Senior Vice President: General Counsel and Sustainable Development. He is now serving Sibanye in a similar capacity.

Cain Farrel (64)

Company Secretary

MBA, Southern Cross University, Australia

Cain Farrel was appointed to his position on 1 January 2013. Before then, and from 1 May 2003, he was Company Secretary of Gold Fields. Previously, Cain served as Senior Divisional Secretary – Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited. He is a Past President and former director of the Southern African Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Nash Lutchman (51)

Senior Vice President: Protection Services

BA (Honours) Criminology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Nash Lutchman has more than 25 years experience in the policing and security environments. He enlisted in the SA Police in 1987 and rose through the ranks from a Constable in 1988, to a Brigadier in 1999. During his time with the SAP, Nash served in various divisions at senior levels. In 2004 he joined De Beers as a Security Manager at the De Beers Kimberley mines, and subsequently held key positions within the group as Group Crime and Intelligence Manager, Regional Security Manager, Group Investigations and Crime Information Manager, before being appointed to head the Security Division at De Beers consolidated mines.

In 2008 Nash joined Gold Fields as Manager Special Investigations and was appointed to Senior Manager and Head of Gold Fields Protection Services in July 2009. During March 2012, Nash was appointed as Vice President and Group Head of Protection Services for the Gold Fields Group. In March 2014 Nash was promoted to Senior Vice President responsible for developing and delivering a holistic protection strategy for Sibanye.

Dawie Mostert (44)

Senior Vice President: Organisational Effectiveness

MDP (Adv Labour Law), MBA, University of South Africa

Dawie Mostert, who has more than 16 years’ experience in the mining industry, was appointed to his position on 1 January 2013. Prior to joining Sibanye, he served as Vice President Commercial Services at Gold One and previously as Vice President Human Capital at Great Basin Gold Limited. Prior to joining Great Basin Gold in 2006, he was an Executive for Organisational Development and Employee Relations at Harmony from 2002 to 2006. Dawie joined Harmony in 1996 as part of the acquisition transformational team and was appointed Mine Manager at Elandsrand mine from 2001 to 2002.

Adam Mutshinya (50)

Senior Vice President: Human Capital

BAdmin (Honours) (Industrial Psychology), University of Venda

Adam Mutshinya was appointed to his position on 1 March 2013. Prior to his appointment to Sibanye, and from 1 December 2012, he was Vice President and Head of Human Resources – SA Region of Gold Fields. Before that he was Vice President and Head of Group Talent Management at Gold Fields. Prior to joining Gold Fields in November 2011, Adam was with the South African Forestry Company (SAFCOL). Here – between September 2006 and June 2011 – he held the senior positions of Group Executive: Human Resources and Senior Group Executive: Human Capital. Prior to this, Adam held various positions at Anglo Platinum. Between October 2003 and August 2006 he was Human Resource (HR) Manager: Platinum Expansion Programme, HR Manager: Smelter Operations and the Group HR Manager Transformation.

Dick Plaistowe (64)

Senior Vice President: Surface Operation and Processing

BSc (Honours) (Mining Engineering), Nottingham University,
Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency for Metalliferous and Fiery Coal Mines,
Programme for Management Development, Harvard Business School Programme for Management Development, University of South Africa

Dick Plaistowe has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry, with extensive strategic, operations and project management experience. He also has 20 years’ experience in the surface retreatment business and was the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the listing of Crown Consolidated Gold Recoveries (now incorporated within DRD Limited) on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997 and for the formation of Mine Waste Solutions (Pty) Limited in 2000. Dick was recruited by Gold One International to develop a surface retreatment business following Gold One’s acquisition of Rand Uranium in 2011, where he was Senior Vice President of Surface Operations.

Wayne Robinson (51)

Senior Vice President: Cooke Operations

BSc Mechanical Engineering (University of Natal), BSc Mining Engineering (University of Witwatersrand)

Wayne Robinson has worked in the South Africa gold and platinum mining industry and has over 25 years of underground mine management experience. Prior to joining Sibanye Gold, he was the Executive Vice President of Cooke Operations and served on the Gold One Executive Committee. He has held senior management positions at Eastern Platinum, Richards Bay Minerals and Gold Fields.

Marius Saaiman (42)

Senior Vice President: Business Development

BCom (Honours) (Accounting), University of Johannesburg, CA (SA)

A member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Marius Saaiman was appointed to his position in February 2014. Prior to joining Sibanye, Marius was the joint CEO at Village Main Reef Limited. Before this, he was the acting CEO of Simmer and Jack Mines Limited. Prior to this, Marius was Managing Director at Macquarie, responsible for coverage of the resources sector as well as advising on mergers and acquisitions within the sector. Previous positions include investment advisor at African Global Capital, a resources focused private equity fund, head of corporate finance at Kumba Iron Ore Limited and Vice President Corporate Finance at Anglo American plc. Marius has had a long association with the mining industry, both within large corporates, as well as in the investment banking arena.

Richard Stewart (38)

Senior Vice President: Business Development

BSc (Honours), PHD (Geology) (University of Witwatersrand)

Richard Stewart has over 15 years’ experience in South Africa’s geological and mining industries and is a professional natural scientist registered with South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). Prior to joining Sibanye Gold, he served as the Executive Vice President of Technical services for Gold One and was also the CEO for Goliath Gold. He was an investment consultant for African Global Capital SA, and has held management positions at Uranium One, Shango Solutions Consultancy and CSIR Mining Technology.

Peter Turner (57)

Chief Operating Officer

National Higher Diploma (Mechanical Engineering), Vaal Triangle Technikon
South African Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (Metalliferous),
South Africa Mechanical Engineers Certificate of Competency

Peter Turner was appointed to his position on 1 January 2013. Prior to his appointment to Sibanye, he was Executive Vice President, Head of the South Africa region of Gold Fields. Between August 2009 and August 2011 he served as Executive Vice President, Head of West Africa. He moved to Ghana in 2008 when he was appointed Vice President of Operations. In 2005 he was the head of the Kloof mine in South Africa and later the Driefontein mine. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Managing Director of Geita Gold Mining Limited in Tanzania. Before that, Peter was General Manager of East and West Africa Region for AngloGold Ashanti which is where he spent the majority of his career. He progressed through the ranks, starting as an Engineering Trainee at Vaal Reefs in 1975, later spending time in various managerial positions at a number of gold mining operations. Peter has more than 34 years’ experience in the mining industry.

Robert van Niekerk (49)

Senior Vice President: Organisational Effectiveness

National Higher Diploma (Metalliferous Mining), Witwatersrand Technikon
BSc (Mining Engineering), University of the Witwatersrand
South African Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency

Robert van Niekerk was appointed to the position in February 2013. Prior to joining Sibanye, he was the Senior Vice President and Group Head of Mining at Gold Fields. Before that he occupied several senior management positions at Gold Fields and Anglo Platinum, management positions at Uranium One and Gold One. Robert began his mining career in 1982 as a Barlow’s Learner Official and progressed through the mining ranks at East Rand Proprietary Mines, Harmony, Anglo Platinum, Gold One, Uranium One and Gold Fields, where he gained extensive South African and international mining experience.

James Wellsted (44)

Senior Vice President: Corporate Affairs

BSc (Honours) (Geology), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
PDM, Wits Business School

James Wellsted was appointed to his position on 1 January 2013. Prior to joining Sibanye, and from 2011, he was a mining analyst at JP Morgan covering the South African diversified mining sector. Previously, James spent seven years as the Executive Head of Investor and Media Relations at Mvelaphanda Resources, until its unbundling in 2011. Between 1998 and 2004, James was an analyst at JP Morgan, covering the South African and African gold mining companies and contributing to JP Morgan’s supply and demand and gold price forecasts.