The Team

Top Management and Board Members

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Rirhandzu Owner Siweya

Chief Executive Officer
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Mr Rirhandzu Owner Siweya, Chief Executive Officer of Mbuyelo Coal (Pty) Ltd has been a keen player in the mining industry for over a decade. His positions in the business world have ranged from Managing Director and Chairman, to Chief Executive Officer and Founder of an array of industries. Having studied his B Juris (-Law), Mr Siweya began his path in Corporate and Commercial Law.

Not too long after he had his hands in Financial Services, until he found his calling in the mining industry. This is where he founded the company Mbuyelo Group (Pty) Ltd with subsidiaries in fields such as mining, logistics, contracting, property and farming. He is a born leader whose principles echo loyalty, empathy, hard work and growth.

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Kervin Mthombeni

Chief Financial Officer
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A Chartered Accountant (CA) by profession, Mr Mthombeni ventured into the mining industry through Mbuyelo Group (Pty) Ltd as Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Majority of his experience in the financial world can be credited to his service in esteemed KPMG, where he completed his articles and qualified as a CA. He gained his experience in mining through hard work and that together with book smarts, he gained the company’s confidence and joins Mbuyelo Coal as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Mr Mthombeni’s experience in mining stems from the experience gathered during the growing phase of the company: from green fields’ exploration projects to the conversion of those green fields into mining operations.

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Xolile Mdolo

Business Development Executive
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A man of great business and negotiation skills, Mr Mdolo heads the Business Development department in the company. Mr Mdolo started his career in Marketing and Sales with companies like Coca-Cola S.A. and later SAB, until he ventured on his own with Civils and owned and operated earthmoving equipment. Mr Mdolo gained a lot of experience in bulk handling of material.

He started his career in coal with Mining Services, when he went into the coal trucking business. It is around that time when Mr Mdolo got appointed at Mbuyelo, as Mining Service CEO tasked with creating the company’s very own mining contracting business, so that Mbuyelo could own and operate their own coal. Mr Mdolo was involved in the creation of Mbuyelo Coal with the responsibility of implementation of asset development and market.

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Hentie Hoffman

Chief Operating Officer
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Mr Hoffmann, Chief Operating Officer for Mbuyelo Coal (Pty) Ltd, brings a familiarity to the operating environment of the Witbank coal field. Mr Hoffman holds a Bachelor degree in Mining Engineering, numerous coal mining certifications and obtained his MBA in 2005 from the Henley Management College in South Africa.

He has held various impressive titles such as Mine Captain in BHP Billiton; Mine and later General Manager of Xstrata; Chief Operation’s Officer in Shanduka; and managed TSX-listed Homeland Energy Group’s South African operations for three years. Mr Hoffmann is a member of the South African Coal Mine Managers Association where he has served as both member and council member. He is a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. All in all, Mr Hoffmann has worked in the South African coal mining industry for twenty-five years.

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Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita

Non-Executive Director
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Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita is the Chief Executive Officer of Ichor Coal N.V., an international mining company focusing on thermal coal production in South Africa. The company owns and operates its own coal resources with customers in South Africa and beyond. In addition, IchorCoal holds minority positions in other coal mining companies.

Ms Nyembezi-Heita was previously Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal South Africa, the largest steel producer on the African continent and subsidiary of the ArcelorMittal Group, which in turn is the largest steel producer in the world.

Prior to that, she served as the Chief Officer of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Vodacom Group and before that, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Capital, then local subsidiary of a New York based global investment management company.

Ms Nyembezi-Heita has a B.Sc. Honours degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and a masters degree in the same discipline from California Institute of Technology. She also has an MBA from the Open University (UK).

Ms Nyembezi-Heita has served as an independent non-executive director on numerous boards in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as non-executive chairman of the JSE and non-executive member of the board of Old Mutual plc and Macsteel Global S.a.r.l.

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Andries Engelbrecht

Chief Operating Officer – IchorCoal N.V
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Mr Engelbrecht has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of IchorCoal N.V. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Riversdale Mining Limited (RIV:ASX). Mr Engelbrecht also held roles as General Manager and Engineering Manager. He also held various operational positions at operations within the Ingwe Coal Corporation (BHP Billiton) and Richards Bay Coal Terminal. He currently serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Universal Coal PLC (UNV:ASX) and Mbuyelo Coal (Pty) Ltd. He is a member of the Management Board of IchorCoal N.V. Mr Engelbrecht is a mechanical engineer and holds a master’s degree in business administration.

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