Saki Macozoma is the Chairman of the Tshipi and Ntsimbintle board of directors. He is a significant shareholder and non-executive chairman of Safika Holdings which owns a major stake in Ntsimbintle. Mr Macozoma is one of the best-known business people in South Africa. He has served as chairman of financial institutions LibertyHoldings and Stanlib. He has also served as deputy chairman of the Standard Bank Group and deputy chairman of Volkswagen SA. Mr Macozoma is the president of Business Leadership South Africa and has also served as chairman of the South African Presidents Big Business Working Group and as co-chairman of the BusinessTrust.
In addition to his business interests, Mr Macozoma is recognised for his work in civil society. He has served as chairman of the University Council of the University of the Witwatersrand and the Council for Higher Education and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Rhodes University. He is the Chairman of the Kwazulu–Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He studied political science, economics and journalism at the University of South Africa and Boston University in the USA. He embarked on a political career in the mid-1970s. In April 1996, Mr Macozoma resigned from parliament to become the first black managing director of Transnet SOC Ltd, the parastatal company that runs South Africa’s ports and railways. Transnet’s assets were then worth R40-billion.
Brian Gilbertson is the chairman of and a major shareholder in Pallinghurst Advisors LLP and Pallinghurst Resources, and a co- investor in Tshipi, through Jupiter Mines Limited. He has played a pivotal role in the financing of the Tshipi Borwa Mine project and the establishment of a viable international business model for it. Mr Gilbertson has extensive experience in the global natural resources industry. He was managing director of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited, the world’s foremost producer of platinum in the 1980s. Later, as executive chairman of Gencor Limited (“Gencor”), Mr Gilbertson led the restructuring of the South African mining industry into the post-apartheid era. He is credited with transforming Gencor into a focused mineral and mining group.
In 1997, Gencor restructured its non-precious metals interests as Billiton plc and, with Mr Gilbertson as executive chairman, Billiton plc raised USD1.5-billion in an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, taking the company into the FTSE 100. In 2001, Billiton plc merged with BHP Limited to create what is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier resources companies, BHP Billiton plc. In 2004, Mr Gilbertson joined Sibirsko-Uralskaya Aluminium Company, the smaller aluminium producer in Russia and led the company into the USD30 billion merger with RUSAL and the alumina assets of Glencore International A.G., creating the largest aluminium company in the world. Mr Gilbertson established Pallinghurst Advisors LLP and the Investment Manager during 2006 and 2007, respectively, and is the Chairman of and a partner in both entities.
Low Ngee Tong
Low Ngee Tong is executive chairman of OMH, and a shareholder in Ntsimbintle. Mr Low graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has over 25 years’ experience in the steel, ferro alloy and building materials industries in Asia. That experience was gained with Chiyoda Limited, a global Japanese civil engineering group; Intraco Limited; Intraco Resources Pty Limited; and CItoh Limited, a significant Japanese metals trading house. Mr Low has been the Chief Executive Officer of OMH since its incorporation and subsequent listing in 1998. In October 2008, he was appointed executive chairman of OMH. His business relationships and reputation with several large multinational corporations in Asia have enabled OMH to successfully establish profitable operations based in Singapore, and extending to China and Australia.
Priyank Thapliyal acted as deputy to Anil Agarwal, the Indian businessman who founded the diversified mining company, Vedanta Resources plc. In that position Mr Thapliyal was responsible for spearheading major strategic developments that resulted in the listing of Vedanta Resources plc on the London Stock Exchange in December 2003. The listing transformed Vedanta Resources from a USD100 million Indian copper smelting company, to its current market capitalisation of USD9billion. A significant contributor to Vedanta’s success was the USD50 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia, a transaction that was initiated and led by Mr Thapliyal. Mr Thapliyal holds a degree in metallurgical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Joe Gumede is a founder of the Bosasa Group, a leading South African black economic empowerment company. The Bosasa Group is a shareholder in Nkonjane Economic Prospecting and Investments Proprietary Limited which holds an interest in Ntsimbintle. The Bosasa Group has its roots in the catering industry, but has diversified into a wide range of industries – from cleaning to security – to become a world leader in facilities management. Mr Gumede has been intricately involved in turning the Tshipi dream into a reality. Together with his colleagues in Nkonjane–Sabelo Macingwane and the late Vo Ntsibilika – he identified and mentored the BEE groups from the Northern Cape who eventually became shareholders in Ntsimbintle. A founder and leader of several successful black economic empowerment companies, Mr Gumede is excited and inspired to have played a role in establishing a black-owned resources company that is achieving its goal of providing long-term, permanent employment to the people of South Africa.
Omphemetse Cynthia Mogodi
Omphemetse Cynthia Mogodi is the chairperson of the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust which holds a shareholding in Ntsimbintle. Ms Mogodi is a passionate proponent of community development and socio-economic upliftment. She became a trustee of the Kgalagadi Rural Charitable Trust (now the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust) in 2002 and has been its chairperson since inception. A revered figure in the Northern Cape, Ms Mogodi has served the people of her community for the past 35 years, originally as a professional nurse, and later as executive mayor of Kgalagadi Cross-boundary District Municipality. She is a member of the John Taolo Gaetsewe Municipal Council and serves as chairperson of the Finance & Human Resources Committee. Ms Mogodi holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree; diploma in general nursing, midwifery and clinical nursing science; and a certificate in Primary Healthcare Service Management. She is a member of the South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA).
Mr Robinson holds honours degrees in both accounting and financial planning and also holds a masters’ degree in financial management. Mr Robinson started his career at Deloitte and Touche as a member of the Financial Institution Services Team, where he specialised in private equity advisory services and where he discovered his passion for setting up new businesses. Upon admission as a CA (SA), he founded an audit and financial advisory practice called Du Toit, Minnaar and Robinson Inc., which specialised in transaction support, valuations, taxation and financial planning. In 2008, Mr Robinson joined Questco, South Africa’s largest independent resource corporate finance focused advisory boutique. The following year, he was promoted to an equity partner and director. Mr Robinson qualified as a JSE Approved Executive in 2009 and acted as Designated Advisor to a number of AltX listed companies through which he became a specialist in the field of corporate governance. He was involved in the equity raising that funded the Tshipi Borwa Mine project and officially filled the position of Tshipi’s inaugural Chief Financial Officer in November 2011 and subsequently became Tshipi’s Chief Executive Officer in February 2014 until December 2015. Mr Robinson is passionate about business, talent and leadership development.