Management

PositionQualifications and Biography
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Stuart White

Managing Director

Stuart White joined the Group in 1982 as a student and completed a National Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering. His experience cuts across civil engineering and mining, both within and outside of the South African borders. He worked in a project management capacity from 1990 onwards managing several opencast coal mines for Moolmans in Mpumalanga, South Africa. He was subsequently promoted to Contracts Manager and later to Contracts Director in 1993. In 1997 he was promoted to General Manager of the West African operations and relocated to Accra, Ghana, where he managed Moolman Mining (West Africa), which included civil engineering and mining contracts in Mali, Guinea, and Ghana for a variety of Clients. He was appointed to the Opencast Mining Board in 1999. After returning to South Africa he was responsible for all operations in the central African region, which included Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. He successfully set up the Botswana business in 2002. In February 2012, he was promoted to Managing Director of Aveng Moolmans and at the same time was appointed to the Aveng Executive Committee. In 2015, he was promoted to Managing Director of Aveng Mining and was tasked with fully integrating the open cut division, Aveng Moolmans, with the underground business, Aveng Shafts & Underground, into a single Aveng Mining entity.

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Japie du Toit

Chief Operations Officer

Japie obtained a National Diploma in Civil Engineering from Pretoria Technikon. He worked as an Engineer for the South African Transport Services during the construction of the Richards Bay coal line. Japie was introduced to contract mining when he joined Moolmans in 1989. He managed various contracts in the Witbank area as well as Wonderwater Coal and Sandsloot Platinum Contracts. In 1996, he was appointed to the Moolmans Board. After managing the South African operations for three years, he was transferred to West Africa in 2003. He was based in Bamako and his responsibilities included all Moolmans operations outside the SADC region, which included Yatela and Sadiola in Mali, Siguiri and Fayalala in Guinea, Iduapriem in Ghana and Star & Comet in Tanzania. Japie returned to South Africa in 2011 as the operations director to oversee all the Moolmans operations. In July 2015, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Moolmans and serves on the Board.

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Dawn Earp

Finance Director

Dawn has an impressive track record of accomplishments in the mining industry, having worked in executive positions at companies such as Anglo American, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Implats and Rand Refinery. Furthermore, she serves as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of large companies and pension funds. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, at the University of Witwatersrand. Dawn joined Moolmans in August 2018 as Finance Director.

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Trevor Nair

SHERQ Director

Trevor has over 15 years’ experience in various operational and risk management roles, predominantly in the construction and mining environment. He has a BA Admin Degree through UNISA majoring in Industrial Psychology and Business Management (Risk). He joined Moolmans on 5 January 2009 and is responsible for Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Quality Management. Prior to joining Moolmans, Trevor worked at Transnet Capital Projects as the national SHE manager. His passion and focus is enabling culture change and building on new ideas, agitating for change and bringing about new approaches to problem solving. Trevor was appointed to Moolmans’ Executive Committee in November 2009.

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Dewald Hattingh

Operations Executive

Dewald completed his National Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1992. He joined Africon, a Civil Engineering Consulting company, which awarded him a bursary for his studies. In 2001 Dewald joined Aveng Moolmans in West Africa. During this time, he was a Contracts Manager in Guinea, Mali and Ghana. Dewald returned to South Africa in January 2010 to take up the position of General Manager Plant for Moolmans, South African operations. He was appointed as Operational Executive and to the Executive Committee in 2010.

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Adrian Jackson

Commercial Executive

Adrian matriculated from Pretoria Boys High School in 1977 and joined LTA Construction in 1980 as a trainee quantity surveyor. After qualifying in 1984, he worked on building and civil projects in South Africa and Botswana. He was appointed as a director of LTA Building Gauteng in 1997 responsible for overseeing the company's commercial and quantity surveying function. He left the Group during 2001 to take up employment in Dublin, Ireland for a major building contractor. He later re-joined the Group, working at Grinaker-LTA Angola’s Luanda-based building and civil operations until 2005 when he was appointed by Moolmans. Adrian's portfolio includes dealing with the commercial, contractual and legal aspects of Moolmans as well as an involvement with new business procurement. Adrian was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2012.

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Vincent Matlala

HR Executive

Vincent commenced his HR career in 1994 as a Graduate Trainee at Anglo Vaal. He came up the HR ranks and acquired experience in multiple mining commodities. During this period, he has had exposure to all facets of the HR function, in an industry notorious for its unique challenges with respect to human capital. His HR experience was acquired both at operations and corporate levels, with his first appointment as Operations HR Manager at Union Mine, Anglo Platinum in 2004. His assignments at corporate level includes Group Employee Relations Manager at Gold Fields - SA, and Head of Human Resources: Mining at Anglo Platinum. Vincent joined Moolmans in 2016. He holds a Bachelors’ degree - University of Fort Hare 1992, a post graduate diploma in Labour Relations - University of Natal 1993, and a Certificate in HR Management - UNISA 2002. He obtained his executive MBA programme at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in 2015.

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Robert Nicholson

New Business Executive

Robert has a BTech Mining Engineering Degree obtained through the University of Johannesburg. He is a member of both the Association of Mine Managers South Africa (AMMSA) and the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). He has extensive experience in various operational and technical management roles, in both open cut and underground mining. He started his career with AngloGold Ashanti and worked his way up the production ranks within South Africa's deep level Gold Mining industry, obtaining both his Mine Overseers’ and Mine Managers’ Certificates. He joined Moolmans at our Phoenix contract as planning manager in 2007 and was later promoted to production manager. After taking a consultancy position in Johannesburg in 2009, Robert returned to Moolmans in 2011 and is now involved with tendering on new business and responsible for the technical and planning aspects. Robert was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2012 and became the New Business Executive for Moolmans in 2015.

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Deon Rajoo

Engineering Executive

Deon started his career within the construction arm of the group in 2004 as a Plant Engineer within the East Africa division. Growing through the ranks he successfully filled the role as the Plant and Assets Executive at Aveng Grinaker-LTA before joining Moolmans as the Engineering Executive. Deon holds an Advanced Diploma in Organisational Leadership, a BTech Mechanical Engineering Degree. In addition, he is in the final stages of obtaining an MBA from Henley Business School. He is an experienced professional with proven track record in both Engineering and General Management. Deon is skilled in all elements of Engineering with high degree of success especially in owning and operating heavy Construction and Mining fleet. Deon was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2018.