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, previously Executive Vice President: Group Technical has been appointed as Chief Technical Officer for the Group, effective from 1 Dec 2020. Robert has occupied various senior leadership roles within the Group since its formation in 2013, including leading the successful integration of the Kroondal, Rustenburg and Marikana PGM operations. Robert has more than 30 years’ experience at both underground and surface mining operations, locally and internationally.
Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater, he was the Senior Vice President and Group Technical Head of Mining at Gold Fields. He previously occupied several senior operational and executive management positions at Harmony, Anglo American Platinum, Uranium One and Gold One. Robert began his mining career in 1982 as a Learner Official and progressed through the ranks at a number of South African underground and surface mining operations locally and outside of South Africa.