Board

Bernard Robert Pryor

Bernard Pryor (58)

Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Pryor is currently the chief executive officer of Alufer Mining Limited and was previously the chief executive officer of African Minerals Limited and prior to that the chief executive of Q Resources plc. Between 2006 and 2010 he held senior executive positions within Anglo American Plc as head of business development, and CEO of Anglo Ferrous Brazil Inc.

 

David Brown

David Brown (53)

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Mr Brown is a Chartered Accountant and completed his articles with Ernst & Young, graduating from the University of Cape Town. Mr Brown joined CoAL following a tenure of almost 14 years at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats). He joined the Impala Group in 1999 and served as chief financial officer and financial director of Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd before being appointed chief executive officer in 2006. He is currently an independent non-executive director of Vodacom Group Limited. In the past he has served as a non-executive director of Simmer & Jack Limited and chairman of ASX listed Zimplats Holdings Limited.

 

De Wet Olivier Schutte

De Wet Olivier Schutte (44)

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Mr De Wet Schutte is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA) and completed an MBA at the University of Virginia in 2002. He has been involved at the senior level in the mining and natural resources industry for the past 16 years, most notably as Managing Director, Natural Resources at Macquarie Bank and CFO at the listed platinum producer, Atlatsa Resources Corporation. Prior to these positions he worked for Harmony Gold Mining (Pty) Ltd as its New Business and Exploration Executive for a period of three years.

 

Peter Cordin

Peter Cordin (65)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Cordin has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia and is experienced in the evaluation, development and operation of resource projects within Australia and overseas. He is a non-executive director of Vital Metals Limited and Aurora Minerals Limited.

 

Andrew Mifflin

Andrew Mifflin (57)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Mifflin obtained his BSc. (Hons) Mining Engineering from Staffordshire University and has a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Andrew has over 30 years' experience specifically in the coal mining arena. His experience spans across various organisations such as British Coal Corporation, Xstrata and more recently GVK Resources. He has gained in depth knowledge in coal operation, both thermal and hard coking coal as well as in project development.

 

Thabo Mosololi

Thabo Mosololi (46)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Mosololi is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA) qualified in South Africa and brings considerable expertise as a director of various companies as well as from his time as Finance Director and Operations Director with Tsogo Sun. Thabo has 20 years of experience within the South African corporate environment. Mr Mosololi is currently a director of Pan African Resources PLC.

 

Khomotso Mosehla

Khomotso Mosehla (43)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Mosehla is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA) and completed his articles with KPMG. Mr Mosehla worked for five years at African Merchant Bank Limited, where he gained a broad range of experience, including management buy-out, leveraged buy-out and capital restructuring/raising transactions. In 2003, he established Mvelaphanda Corporate Finance, for the development of Mvelaphanda's mining and non-mining interests. Mr Mosehla served as a director on the boards of several companies, including Mvelaphanda Resources Limited, and he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mosomo Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited. Mr Mosehla is currently a director of Northam Platinum Ltd as well as Zambezi Platinum Ltd. He is chairman and a board member of Tembisa Tertiary Provincial Hospital.

 

Shangren Ding

 

Shangren Ding (54)

Non-Executive Director

Shangren Ding, aged 54, is an experienced professional engineer who brings considerable experience to the CoAL board having worked for a number of mining and energy companies as well as acting as a consultant to government geological bureaus. Shangren has over 30 years’ experience predominately in the coal mining sector and he has gained extensive operational coal mining knowledge through chief operating roles at a number of mines in the Heilongjiang province in the People’s Republic of China. From 1998 to 2004 Shangren was director of technology and equipment at Harbin Zhongqing Gas Co Ltd. Since 2004 Shangren has worked in a number of senior roles for Beijing Haohua Energy Resource Co., Ltd and is also currently the deputy general manager and chief representative in South Africa of Haohua Energy International (Hong Kong) Co Ltd (“HEI”). Shangren is joining the board of CoAL as a representative of HEI, CoAL’s largest shareholder.

 

Rudolph Torlage

 

Rudolph Torlage (52)

Non-Executive Director

Mr Torlage is a Chartered Accountant and has over twenty years' experience with ArcelorMittal South Africa. He is currently General Manager, Strategy and Special Projects and a Board member of various unlisted ArcelorMittal Group companies. He was previously the Executive Director Finance at ArcelorMittal.