Directors, officers and executives

Board and management: Non-executive directors

Geoffrey Campbell

Geoff Campbell

BSc (Geology)
Independent non-executive chairman
  • Chairman: Nominations Committee
  • Member: Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Geoff Campbell was appointed a non-executive director in 2002, a senior independent non-executive director in December 2003 and non-executive chairman in October 2005. A qualified geologist, Geoff has worked on gold mines in Wales and Canada. He spent 15 years as a stockbroker before becoming a fund manager, managing the Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Gold and General Fund, one of the largest gold mining investment funds. He was also research director for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Geoff is a director of Oxford Abstracts Limited.

Johan Holtzhausen

Johan Holtzhausen

BSc, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA)
Independent non-executive director
  • Chairman: Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member: Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Johan Holtzhausen was appointed independent nonexecutive director on 25 April 2014. He has more than 42 years’ experience in the accounting profession, having served as a senior partner at KPMG Services Proprietary Limited, and held the highest Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (United States), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and Sarbanes- Oxley Act accreditation required to service clients listed on stock exchanges in the United States. His clients included major corporations listed in South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Johan currently serves as a voluntary independent director and chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Tourism Enterprise Partnership. He also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining Proprietary Limited. He is a non-executive director of Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc, a Canadian corporation listed in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and he chairs its Audit and Risk Committee.

Edmund Jeneker

Edmund Jeneker

Chartered Director (SA) B.Hons,
Lead independent non-executive director
  • Chairman: Social and Ethics Committee
  • Chairman: Remuneration Committee
  • Member: Remuneration and Nominations Committee, Audit and Risk Committee

Edmund Jeneker was appointed non-executive director in November 2007 and lead independent non-executive director in August 2017. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an executive in banking, business strategy, advisory and management at Grant Thornton South Africa Proprietary Limited, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Advisors South Africa Proprietary Limited, the World Bank Competitiveness Fund and Deloitte South Africa. More recently, he completed almost 14 years at Absa Bank and Barclays Africa Group, where he was managing executive and served as director on the boards of several subsidiaries in the Barclays Africa Group.

Edmund is active in community social upliftment and served as a member of the Provincial Development Commission of the Western Cape Provincial Government. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, investment committee of BADISA and The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a Chartered Director (SA).

Toko Mnyango

Toko Mnyango

Dip Juris, BJuris
Independent non-executive director
  • Member: Social and Ethics Committee

Toko Mnyango was appointed independent non-executive director on 1 December 2016. Toko began her career as a prosecutor for the KaNgwane homeland, before becoming a legal advisor for the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. She has held directorships on company boards including Gijima, EOH Mthombo Proprietary Limited, AllPay Eastern Cape Proprietary Limited, a subsidiary of ABSA Limited, and the Ryk Neethling Foundation. She currently holds the position of CEO of Vitom Technologies Proprietary Limited and Vitom Brands Communication Proprietary Limited.

Jean Johannes Nel

Jean Johannes Nel

B. Acc. (Hons), CA (SA), CFA (AIMR)

Mr Nel obtained his Accounting degree in 1994 and honours degree in Accounting in 1995 from the University of Stellenbosch, completed articles with Deloitte & Touche and qualified as a CA(SA) in 1998. Mr Nel joined the corporate finance division of Investec Bank in 1999 and focused primarily on the resource sector of Southern Africa until 2003 during which time he obtained the CFA (AIMR) qualification. Mr Nel left Investec in 2003 to act as an independent corporate finance consultant to mining and resource companies operating in Southern Africa, where he acted for, amongst others, Aquarius Platinum Limited.

In 2009 Mr Nel completed the Advanced Management Programme at Insead. Mr Nel joined the Board of AQPSA in January 2012. He was appointed to the Aquarius Platinum Board in April 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in November 2012, a position he held until Aquarius Platinum was acquired by Sibanye- Stillwater in April 2016. From April 2016 to January 2017 Mr Nel was the Chief Executive Officer of the Platinum division of Sibanye Stillwater. He is currently a non-executive director of Mimosa Investments which owns the Mimosa platinum mine in Zimbabwe, and Northam Platinum. In 2017 he cofounded a Specialist Mining fund together with DRA and Stockdale where he serves as Director and member of the Investment Committee.

Executive directors

Niel Pretorius

Niël Pretorius

BProc, LLB
Chief executive officer
  • Member: Social and Ethics Committee

Niël Pretorius has two decades of experience in the mining industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer designate of DRDGOLD on 21 August 2008 and Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2009. Having joined the company on 1 May 2003 as legal advisor, he was promoted to Group Legal Counsel on 1 September 2004 and General Manager: Corporate Services on 1 April 2005. Niël was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ergo Mining Operations (formerly DRDGOLD SA) on 1 July 2006 and became Managing Director on 1 April 2008.

Riaan Davel

Riaan Davel

BCom (Hons), M Com, CA (SA)
Chief financial officer

Riaan Davel joined DRDGOLD in January 2015. Before joining DRDGOLD, he gained 17 years’ experience in the professional services industry, the majority obtained in the mining industry in Africa. As part of gaining that experience, Riaan provided assurance and advisory services, including support and training on IFRS to clients and teams across the African continent.

He has spent seven years at KPMG as an audit partner, performing, inter alia, audits of listed companies in the mining industry, including SEC registrants. Riaan has also gained experience as an IFRS technical partner and represented the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants on the International Accounting Standards Board’s project on Extractive Activities from 2003 to 2010. Riaan also served on committees that compile/update the South African Codes for reporting and valuation of mineral reserves and resources.

Top and senior management

Elise Beukes

Elise Beukes

(B Proc)
Company secretary

Elise is a governance consultant and has broad experience in all aspects of commercial law, having spent three years in both litigation and commercial practice as an admitted attorney and four years as corporate legal counsel.

She has dealt extensively with broad-based black economic empowerment structures, employee ownership schemes, enterprise development and share incentive schemes involving complex company restructuring for both multi-nationals and large local entities. She has extensive knowledge on the new Companies Act and has particular interests in company secretarial and corporate governance matters.

Thulo Moletsane

Thulo Mogotsi Moletsane

Chairman and non-executive director: ERGO Mining Operations (Proprietary) Limited

Thulo Mogotsi Moletsane is an executive director of Khumo Bathong Holdings Proprietary Limited and a director of Khumo Mining and Investments Proprietary Limited.
He was appointed a director of Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited in
August 2010, having completed a Mining Qualifications Authority executive programme.

Wilhelm Jacobus (Jaco) Schoeman

Jaco Schoeman

National Diploma (Analytical Chemistry), BTech (Analytical Chemistry)
Operations director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited

Jaco Schoeman joined DRDGOLD in 2011 as Executive Officer: Business Development to focus on expanding the group’s surface retreatment business and extracting maximum value from existing resources. In July 2014, he was appointed Operations Director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited.