A flat management structure allows for flexible and efficient decision making.
- Bachelor of Engineering (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Operations Director, Tharisa Minerals
Hans van Wyk has been the Consulting Metallurgist to Tharisa Minerals since September 2011 and is responsible for overall management of all processing, smelting and beneficiation operations at the Tharisa Mine. He has over 15 years’ experience in the recovery of chrome and PGM, having worked on a number of chrome and PGM concentrator operations.
- Diploma in Personnel Management (Institute of Personnel Management), Masters Diploma in Human Resources (Rand Afrikaans University)
Executive Director – Community and Transformation, Tharisa Minerals
Thabang Maluke has been an Executive Director at Tharisa Minerals since April 2009 and is responsible for human resources and stakeholders engagement in South Africa. He has over 24 years of experience in the mining industry. He previously worked for Goldfields, DRD, and was head of human resources at Barplats.
- BSc (Mining) Engineering Honours, Member of ECSA, SAIMM and Mine Managers Association of Zimbabwe
Mine Manager, Tharisa Minerals
David Malunga joined Tharisa Minerals in August 2015 as the Mine Manager. David has 24 years’ experience in mining operations. David started his career at the Wankie Colliery in Zimbabwe and rose through the ranks to be appointed Technical Superintendent for Wankie Opencast Mine. He held various positions in Namibia focusing on mine management. David then moved to Anglo Platinum where he held various positions until he appointed as Production Manager.
- B.Sc. Chemistry and Physics (UNISA), N.Dip. Analytical Chemistry (Port Elizabeth Technikon)
Metallurgical Manager, Tharisa Minerals
Alston Smith joined Tharisa Minerals in April 2011 as an Operations Manager, responsible for the commissioning of the PGM and Chromite plants, their operation and management. Alston has almost 21 years’ experience in the mining industry. Alston started his career at the Lonmin’s Western Platinum Refinery in 1995, where he worked for a total of nine years – four years at the Precious Metals Refinery and a further five years at the Base Metal Refinery. Alston joined Barplats Crocodile River Mine in November 2004 as a Metallurgical Superintendent and within two years he became a plant manager. Alston left Barplats in 2009 to start his own business and he worked for a brief period at Minopex before he joined Tharisa.
- National Higher Diploma in Rock Engineering and Mining Engineering (Technikon Witwatersrand), Graduate Diploma in Engineering in Mining Engineering (University of the Witwatersrand)
Head: Sustainable Development
Derek Baker has been with the group since 2011 and is responsible for the overall management of the safety, health and environment portfolio for the Group. Derek is a qualified mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry, including 15 years in the legislative environment of the Department of Mineral Resources. Prior to joining Tharisa, he had ten years of senior management safety, health and environmental experience with Anglo Platinum – including at Amandelbult, Anglo Platinum's largest operation.
- Bachelor of Commerce in Logistics Management (UNISA)
Managing Director: Arxo Logistics
Elize Rogers has been the Managing Director of Arxo Logistics, a company that was established to develop the logistics for the Tharisa Mine, since 2009. She is responsible for the overall management of the logistics and transport services provided by Arxo Logistics to the Group’s operations. Elize has over 30 years’ experience in logistics. Prior to joining Arxo Logistics, she worked for Columbus Stainless, holding various managerial positions, including sales and shipping supervisor, traffic manager and logistics area manager.
- Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree and Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Regional CFO Cyprus and Managing Director, Arxo Resources
Marios Tavros has been with the Tharisa Group since 2011 and is the Regional CFO Cyprus of the Group’s Cypriot companies and Managing Director of Arxo Resources. Marios is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Cyprus office. This includes the overall responsibility of the Group financial reporting process and also the trading function of Arxo Resources. He has been a Chartered Accountant since 1995. Marios previously worked for 10 years in various senior financial positions within a large property and tourism group in Cyprus.
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