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Jaco Boshoff

Jaco Boshoff (46)

Executive: mineral resources development and growth

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

Jaco joined Harmony in April 1996. He has been in the mining industry for 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 reserves and resources. He has been Harmony’s designated competent person for statutory reserves and resources reporting since 2004.

Anton Buthelezi

Anton Buthelezi (51)

Executive: human resources

National diploma (Human Resources Management), BTech (Labour Relations Management), advanced diploma in labour law

Anton rejoined Harmony in 2005 as human resources manager at Evander. He has more than 24 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.

Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak

Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak (41)

Executive: environmental management

BSc (Hons) (Industrial Microbiology) , MSc (Sustainable development) (UJ) and 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.

Alwyn Pretorius

Alwyn Pretorius (44)

Chief operating officer: South Africa

BEng (Mining Engineering), BEng (Industrial Engineering), Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competence

Alwyn joined Harmony on its merger with African Rainbow Minerals Gold Limited in 2003. He has 21 years of underground deep-level gold mining experience in different supervisory and management positions. Before assuming his current role, he was the executive responsible for health and safety. He also serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Mine Rescue Services. Post year-end, Alwyn resigned as chief operating officer and will leave the company at the end of November 2015.

Marian van der Walt

Marian van der Walt (42)

Executive: corporate and investor relations

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

Marian, an admitted attorney and conveyancer, has been employed by Harmony since February 2003. She was appointed company secretary in 2003 and joined Harmony’s executive committee in 2005 as executive: 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, enabling her to accept her current position as executive: corporate and investor relations. Marian began her career as an attorney and conveyancer in 1998 and 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 (43)

Chief executive officer: South-east Asia

BCompt (Hons), CA (SA)

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 the Morobe Mining Joint Ventures’ assets. 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.

Abre van Vuuren

Abre van Vuuren (55)

Executive: risk management and services improvement

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

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

James Mufara

James Mufara (41)

Regional general manager (responsible for Masimong, Joel, Unisel and Bambanani mines)

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

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.

Beyers Nel

Beyers Nel (38)

Regional general manager (responsible for Target, Phakisa and Tshepong mines)

B. Eng (Mining Engineering), MBA, Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng)

Beyers joined Harmony on the merger with African Rainbow Minerals Gold in 2003. He has 15 years’ experience in gold mining, gained on a variety of opencast, deep and ultra-deep gold mines in both supervisory and management positions. Before assuming his current role, he was general manager of Harmony’s Phakisa mine. Beyers is currently the vice president of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.

Phillip Tobias

Phillip Tobias (45)

Regional general manager (responsible for Kusasalethu, Doornkop and Kalgold mines)

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

Phillip Tobias 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.

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