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Jaco Boshoff

Jaco Boshoff (47)

BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, Pr Sci Nat, MSAIMM, MGSSA

Executive: mineral resources and exploration

Jaco joined Harmony in April 1996. He has been in the mining industry for more than 20 years, initially as a geologist. Most of his career has been spent with Harmony, progressing from ore reserve manager at various operations to being the executive responsible for mineral resources and exploration. He has been Harmony's designated competent person for statutory reserves and resources reporting since 2004.

Anton Buthelezi

Anton Buthelezi (52)

National diploma (Human Resources Management), BTech (Labour Relations Management), Advanced dip. in labour law, Cert. in Business Leadership

Executive: human resources

Anton rejoined Harmony in 2005 as human resources manager at Evander. He has more than 27 years' experience in human resources management in the mining industry. Previous positions include senior human resources officer at AngloGold Ashanti Limited, and mid and senior managerial positions in the same field at African Rainbow Minerals Gold, Samancor Chrome and Harmony. He has a proven track record in the full spectrum of human resource functions. Anton also has an outstanding record in managing labour matters, especially in conducting and guiding negotiations with organised labour. He participates in the Chamber of Mines' gold sector caucus.

Beyers Nel

Beyers Nel (39)

B. Eng (Mining Engineering), Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency, MBA, Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng)

Chief operating officer (South African operations)

Beyers was appointed as chief operating officer of the South African operations on 1 March 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was the regional general manager responsible for Target, Phakisa and Tshepong as well as the group's metallurgical plants. Beyers joined Harmony on the merger with African Rainbow Minerals Gold in 2003. He has 16 years' experience in gold mining, gained on opencast, deep and ultra-deep level gold mines in both supervisory and management positions. Before assuming the role of regional general manager, he was general manager of Harmony's Phakisa mine. Beyers is currently the President of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa. He serves as a director on the board of Mines Rescue Services Pty Ltd.

Phillip Tobias

Phillip Tobias (46)

B.Sc (Mining Engineering), Wits International Executive Development Programme and GIBS Advanced Management Programme, Professional Engineer (Pr Eng) and Mine Manager's Certificate of Competence

Chief operating officer (Safety, mining projects, new business development and corporate strategy)

Phillip was appointed as Chief operating officer (COO) of safety, mining projects, new development and corporate strategy on 1 March 2016. He joined Harmony on 1 July 2014 as the regional general manager for Kusasalethu, Doornkop and Kalgold. He has been in the mining industry for more than 20 years, initially as a postgraduate mining engineer with Gold Fields Limited at their various operations. His operational and managerial experience was developed at a number of gold and platinum mines. Prior to joining Harmony, he was a consulting mining engineer for Anglo American Platinum Joint Venture Operations. He was appointed the first black president of the Association of the Mine Managers of South Africa in 2008.

Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak

Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak (42)

BSc (Hons) (Industrial Microbiology), MSc (Sustainable Development), MBA

Executive: environmental management

BSc (Hons) (Industrial Microbiology), MSc (Sustainable Development), MBA

Melanie joined Harmony in 2009. Her expertise in sustainable development was built over 17 years in the private mining and public sectors in South Africa as well as in international environmental management exposure gained in the United Kingdom, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and elsewhere in Africa. She has worked at leading international mining companies, including De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, BHP Billiton Limited and Anglo American plc. She currently holds directorships at Western Basin Environmental Corporation Proprietary Limited, Harambe Mineral Resources Proprietary Limited and Phoenix Corporation (Business Ventures Investment No 1692 Proprietary Limited), is chair of Harmony's environmental trusts and is a member of Harmony's social trust. In addition, she is a member of the Chamber of Mines' environmental policy committee, the Far West Rand Dolomitic Water Association and Mining Industries Group. She is also a board member of CareSA.

Marian van der Walt

Marian van der Walt (43)

BCom (Law), LLB, Higher Diploma in Tax, Diplomas in Corporate Governance and Insolvency Law, Certificates in Business Leadership

Executive: corporate and investor relations

Marian, an admitted attorney and conveyancer, was employed by Harmony as company secretary in February 2003. She joined Harmony's executive committee in 2005 with additional responsibility for legal and compliance (which included taking responsibility for company secretarial, risk management, internal audit and Sarbanes Oxley compliance). In 2008, she resigned as company secretary and as the executive responsible for legal and compliance, enabling her to accept her current position as executive: corporate and investor relations. Her current role includes staff engagement and public relations. Marian began her career as an attorney and conveyancer in 1998 and she held positions at Routledge Modise Attorneys, Deloitte & Touche and the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited. Marian also serves on the board of Rand Refinery Proprietary Limited as a non-executive director and served on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's Social Responsibility Index Advisory Committee until May 2015.

Johannes van Heerden

Johannes van Heerden (44)

BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Chief executive officer: South-east Asia

Johannes joined Harmony in 1998 and was appointed chief executive officer of its south-east Asia operations in 2008. He is responsible for Harmony's Papua New Guinea assets including an extensive exploration portfolio and Harmony's interest in the assets of the Wafi -Golpu and Hidden Valley joint ventures. He joined Harmony as financial manager with operational and group reporting responsibility for the Free State region. He was appointed group financial manager in 2001, and relocated to Harmony south-east Asia as chief financial officer two years later. During 2016, he was elected to the Executive Council of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

Abre van Vuuren

Abré van Vuuren (56)

BCom, Development Programme in Labour Relations, Management Development Programme, Advanced Labour Law Programme, Board Leadership Programme

Executive: risk management and services improvement

Abré joined Harmony in 1997. He has more than 31 years' experience in the mining industry, specifically in finance and human resources at various gold mines and collieries in the Rand Mines Group. As a member of Harmony's executive committee, he was initially responsible for industrial relations. He has held various positions in services and human resources prior to accepting his current position.

Regional general managers


Simphiwe Kubheka

Simphiwe Kubheka (34)

BSc (Eng) Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand; MBA, Gordon Institute of Business Science; Mine manager's certificate of competencyMBA (Project Management), BSc

Regional General Manager (Tshepong and Phakisa)

Simphiwe was appointed regional general manager on 1 June 2016, having previously been the general manager of Harmony's Tshepong mine since 7 January 2014. He has 14 years' operational and managerial experience in gold mining, from shallow to ultra-deep mines, and started his career with AngloGold Ashanti at Vaal Reefs and later at their West Wits operations. He then joined Gold Fields and worked at both the Driefontein and Kloof operations. He is the Free State representative at the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa and currently serves on the association's council.

Moses Motlhageng

Moses Motlhageng (41)

B- Tech. (Mining), Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency, Professional Engineering Technician (Pr. Techni Eng)

Regional general manager (Kalgold, Doornkop and Kusasalethu)

Moses joined Harmony in 2011 as a general manager responsible for Kalgold open pit mine. He later assumed responsibility as the general manager of Harmony's Phakisa mine. Prior to joining Harmony, he was a consulting mining engineer for Anglo American Platinum's trackless operations. He has been a regional general manager since January 2016. Moses has a total of 16 years' experience in the mining industry with extensive operational and management experience gained in diamond mining (block caving) and in platinum and ultra-deep gold mining.

James Mufara

James Mufara (42)

B.Sc. (Hons) (Mining), MBA, Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency

Regional general manager (Masimong, Joel, Unisel and Bambanani)

James joined Harmony in 2011 as a general manager. He has been a regional general manager since 2012, a title previously known as operating officer. James has gained extensive operational and management experience in asbestos, nickel and gold mining, with 17 years' experience in the mining industry in total. He has worked in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was previously a council member of the prestigious Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.

Group company secretary


Riana Bisschoff

Riana Bisschoff (39)


Group company secretary

Riana completed her LLB as well as a Masters Degree (LLM) in Commercial Law at the University of Potchefstroom. She further completed her articles in 2003 at Couzyn, Hertzog and Horak Attorneys in Pretoria and was admitted as an attorney, notary and conveyancer. In 2004 she started her own firm, Bisschoff Attorneys, in association with Van der Merwe and Associates in Pretoria. She ventured into the commercial arena in 2005 where she served as company secretary and legal advisor before joining iThemba Governance and Statutory Solutions (Pty) Ltd (iThemba) in 2010. During her time at iThemba, Riana attended to the company secretarial duties of various listed and unlisted entities, including Harmony whom she served since 2011. She was permanently appointed as the company secretary of Harmony on 1 March 2012.

In addition to her statutory duties as company secretary of Harmony, Riana is also responsible for the Harmony company secretariat function, Form 20F, various reports included in the integrated annual report and the administration of the Tlhakanelo Employee Share Trust. Riana has recently been appointed as Harmony's head of legal.

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Annual report

Integrated annual report 2016
Integrated annual report 2016


Investor brief

Harmony Investor brief, Sep 2017
September 2017 -
Harmony Investor brief

(PDF - 6.5MB)

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