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 leads the Group Technical Services of Sibanye-Stillwater. He was appointed to this position in April 2020. Previously he served as the Executive Vice President: SA PGM operations (from July 2017), Divisional CEO: Platinum and Executive Vice President: Organisational Effectiveness. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater (in February 2013), 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.