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Executive committee

The executive committee, which comprises our prescribed officers, meets regularly to discuss, plan and make decisions on the strategic and operating issues facing Sibanye- Stillwater. As at 29 March 2019, the committee was made up as follows:

Chief Executive Officer

Neal Froneman (59)

BSc Mech Eng (Ind Opt), BCompt, PrEng

Neal Froneman was appointed executive director and CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater on 1 January 2013. His career in technical, operations management and corporate development positions spans more than 30 years during which time he worked at Gold Fields of South Africa Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) and JCI Limited. In April 2003, Neal was appointed CEO of Aflease Gold Limited (Aflease Gold), which, through a series of reverse take-overs, became Gold One International Limited (Gold One) in May 2009. He was primarily responsible for the creation of Uranium One Incorporated (Uranium One) from the Aflease Gold uranium assets. During this period, he was CEO of Aflease Gold and Uranium One until his resignation from Uranium One in February 2008. He held the CEO position at Gold One until his appointment at Sibanye-Stillwater. He is also a non-executive director of 17 Perissa Proprietary Limited, Delview Three Proprietary Limited, Forestry Services Proprietary Limited and Ultimate Marine Ventures Limited. In May 2016, he was elected to serve as a Vice President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa (Chamber of Mines).

Chief Financial Officer

Charl Keyter (45)

BCom, University of Johannesburg
MBA, North-West University

Charl Keyter was appointed a director on 9 November 2012, and executive director and CFO on 1 January 2013. Previously, he was Vice President and Group Head of International Finance at Gold Fields. Charl has more than 20 years’ mining experience, having begun his career at Gold Fields in February 1995. He is also a non-executive director of Oil Recovery and Maintenance Services Proprietary Limited.

Executive vice president: Head of SA PGM operations

Robert van Niekerk (54)

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

Robert van Niekerk was appointed to this position in July 2017. Previously he served as Divisional CEO: Platinum from November 2016, Executive Vice President: Organisational Effectiveness from January 2016 and Senior Vice President: Organisational Effectiveness from February 2013. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater (in February 2013), he was the Senior Vice President and Group Technical Head of Mining at Gold Fields from November 2011. He previously occupied several senior operational and executive management positions at Harmony, Anglo American Platinum Limited, Uranium One Incorporated and Gold One. Robert began his mining career in 1982 at Barlows as a Learner Official and progressed through the ranks at a number of South African underground and surface mining operations.

Executive vice president: Head of US PGM operations

Chris Bateman (53)

BEng (Hons) in Production Engineering and Production Management, University of Nottingham, UK
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales

Chris Bateman was appointed as Executive Vice President, US Region in 2017 after serving as Chief Financial Officer Stillwater Mining Company since 2014. Chris has worked in the mining industry for more than 18 years with experience in platinum, palladium, copper, uranium, diamonds and industrial minerals. Prior to joining the Stillwater Mining he served in Chief Financial Officer positions for Turquoise Hill, Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals product group, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium and Energy Resources of Australia. He has served on the boards of Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa, Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia and QIT Madagascar Minerals in Madagascar. Prior to entering the mining industry he was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting practice and served as a production engineer in the automotive industry.

Executive vice president: Head of legal and regulatory affairs (SA operations)

Hartley Dikgale (59)

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

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 listed and unlisted companies. He was introduced to the mining sector in 2004 when he was appointed to the Board of Pamodzi Gold Limited as a non-executive director. He has worked for, among others, Sanlam Limited, Old Mutual, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, Rand Water Board and Pamodzi Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited. In recent years (from 2010 to 2012), Hartley has worked for Rand Uranium Proprietary Limited (Rand Uranium) in an executive capacity as Senior Vice President: General Counsel. When Gold One acquired Rand Uranium, Hartley joined Gold One as Senior Vice President: General Counsel from 2012 to 2013. Hartley joined Sibanye-Stillwater in May 2013 where he served in a similar capacity until he was recently appointed as the Executive Vice President: General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs.

Executive vice president: Organisational growth

Dawie Mostert (49)

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

Dawie Mostert, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, was appointed on 1 January 2013 as Senior Vice President: Organisational Effectiveness, focused on introducing new operating and business models in support and directing the turnaround at Sibanye-Stillwater. With Sibanye-Stillwater adopting value creation as its strategic intent and consequently entering PGM mining sector, he accepted the position and role as Executive Vice President: Commercial Services. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater, he served as Vice President: Commercial Services at Gold One in 2012 and Vice President: Human Capital at Great Basin Gold from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Great Basin Gold in 2006, he was Executive: 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 the then Elandsrand mine from 2001 to 2002.

Executive vice president: Head of Corporate affairs

Themba Nkosi (45)

BA Hons (Employment Relations), University of Johannesburg
BTech, Human Resources – Peninsula Technikon
Human Resources Executive Program – University of Michigan

Themba Nkosi was appointed on 1 August 2016. He has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, corporate affairs, communication and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater, he was Head: Human Resources, Transformation and Corporate Communications at ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (ArcelorMittal) from March 2015. He previously occupied several senior management positions at ArcelorMittal (from June 2009 to June 2016) and Human Resources Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the PepsiCo Group (from April 2004 to March 2009).

Executive vice president: Group technical

Wayne Robinson (56)

BSc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Natal
BSc (Mining Engineering), University of the Witwatersrand
South African Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (Metalliferous)
South African Mechanical Engineer’s Certificate of Competency

Wayne Robinson was appointed as Divisional CEO: Gold and Uranium after serving as Senior Vice President: Underground Operations – Beatrix and Cooke from June 2014. Wayne has worked in the South African gold and platinum mining sectors for more than 25 years with experience in underground mine management. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater, he was Executive Vice President of Cooke Operations and served on Gold One’s Executive Committee from 2012 to 2014. He held senior management positions at Eastern Platinum Limited from 2006 to 2012, at Richards Bay Minerals from 2005 to 2006 and at Gold Fields after qualifying as a mechanical and mining engineer.

Executive vice president: Head of business development

Richard Stewart (43)

BSc (Hons), PhD (Geology), University of the Witwatersrand
MBA, Warwick Business School (UK)

Richard Stewart has over 17 years’ experience in South Africa’s geological and mining industries, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater in 2014, he served on the Gold One Executive Committee (from August 2009 to April 2014) with the most recent appointment at Gold One as Executive Vice President: Technical Services and was also CEO of Goliath Gold Limited (from January 2013 to April 2014). Prior to that he held management positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Mining Technology division, Shango Solutions (where he remains a director), Uranium One and was an Investment Consultant for African Global Capital Proprietary Limited.

Executive vice president: Head of SA gold operations

Shadwick Bessit (56)

Shadwick Bessit was appointed to this position in February 2019. Previously he served as Senior Vice President: Technical Platinum and Gold from March 2017, Senior Vice President: Kroondal and Rustenburg Operations from March 2016 and Senior Vice President: Underground operations – Kloof and Driefontein from November 2014. Prior to joining Gold Fields in July 2012, Shadwick Bessit pursued personal business interests from 2010 to 2012 and was 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 from 1986 to 2002 where he moved through the ranks to General Manager level at the Deelkraal, Elandsrand and Savuka mines.