Board and management: Non-Executive directors

Timothy Cumming [photo]

Timothy Cumming

BSc (Hons) (Civil Engineering), MA (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

Non-executive chairman

  • Chairman: Board
  • Chairman: Nominations Committee
  • Member: Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee

Timothy (Tim) Cumming was appointed to the DRDGOLD Board on 1 August 2020 and was appointed as non-executive Chairman of the DRDGOLD Board and Chairman of the Nominations Committee on 1 December 2021. He is also an independent non-executive director of Sibanye-Stillwater Limited and Nedgroup Investments Limited, and serves as non-executive Chairman of Riscura Holdings Limited. His career spans mining, financial services and consulting. He is the founder of Scatterlinks Proprietary Limited, a South African-based company providing leadership development and advisory services to senior business executives.

Tim started out as an engineer at the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited working on a number of gold and diamond mines including involvement in the geo-technical design of the Ergo tailings facility. Thereafter he held senior roles in financial services including General Manager at Allan Gray Limited, Head of Investment Research at HSBC Securities (SA), CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers and MD of various divisions within the Old Mutual Group.

Other involvements include Chairmanship of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation’s Investment Committee and the Woodside Endowment Trust.

Edmund Jeneker [photo]

Edmund Jeneker

Chartered Director (SA), B Hons, IEDP, M.Inst.D., SAIPA

Lead Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Chairman: Social and Ethics Committee
  • Member: Remuneration Committee; and Nominations Committee

Edmund Jeneker was appointed Non-executive Director in November 2007 and lead independent Non-executive Director in August 2017. He has more than 31 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 15 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 Global Competent Boards (Canada), Social and Ethics Forum of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, Chairman of the Suidoosterfees NPC and The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a Certified ESG and Climate Change Competent Director and Chartered Director (SA).

Thoko Mnyango [photo]

Thoko Mnyango

Dip Juris, BJuris

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member: Social and Ethics Committee, Nominations Committee; and Remuneration Committee.

Thoko Mnyango was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 1 December 2016. Thoko’s career took off as a prosecutor for the KaNgwane homeland, before becoming a legal advisor for the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. Her experience in the corporate world is vast and spans over 30 years. Thoko has been in executive positions at Gijima Technologies since its inception until 2011. She has held directorships on various company boards including Gijima, EOH Mthombo Proprietary Limited, AllPay Eastern Cape Proprietary Limited, a subsidiary of Absa Limited, and the Ryk Neethling Foundation.

Thoko is known as a specialist in business development and bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. Currently she holds the position of CEO of Vitom Holdings Pty (Ltd) and Vitom Brands Communication (Pty) Ltd, since 2010. Thoko is known in both the private and public sectors as a staunch advocate for transformation. Her passion for transformation began in the late 80s when she worked for a Johannesburg based NGO which focused on community development.

Johan Holtzhausen [photo]

Johan Holtzhausen

BSc (Geology and Chemistry), BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Chairman: Audit Committee
  • Member: Remuneration Committee; and Nominations Committee

Johan Holtzhausen was appointed Non-executive Director on 25 April 2014. With more than 43 years’ experience in the accounting profession, he served as a senior partner at KPMG Services Proprietary Limited. Johan has serviced clients listed on stock exchanges in the United States, his clients included major corporations listed in South Africa, Canada, the UK as well as 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.

Jean Nel [photo]

Jean Nel

BAcc (Hons), CA (SA), CFA (AIMR)

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Chairman: Remuneration Committee
  • Member: Audit Committee; Remuneration Committee; and Risk Committee

Jean Nel was appointed as an independent Non-executive Director on 30 November 2018. Mr Nel qualified as a CA(SA) in 1998 and obtained the CFA (AIMR) qualification. Mr. Nel has 20 years’ experience in mining finance and mining executive and operational management. He was appointed to the Aquarius Platinum Board in April 2012 and became CEO 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 CEO 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.

Prudence Lebina [photo]

Prudence Lebina

BCom; Higher Diploma (Accounting), Certificate in Business Leadership, CA (SA)

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Chairperson: Risk Committee
  • Member: Audit Committee; and Nominations Committee

Prudence Lebina was appointed independent non-executive director on 3 May 2019. She's a chartered accountant with over 18 years' working experience in corporate finance, business development, private equity, financial reporting and stakeholder management in the mining and financial services sectors. Prudence is CEO of TriAlpha Investment Management Proprietary Limited, a specialist fixed income investment house managing local and international fixed income portfolios for institutional clients. She was previously CEO and Interim Finance Director of Mahube Infrastructure Limited (previously GAIA Infrastructure Capital Limited) listed on the Main Board of JSE Limited. Prudence is also an independent non-executive of Growthpoint Properties Limited and Telkom SA SOC Limited.

Charmel Flemming [photo]

Charmel Flemming

BAcc (Hons) CA (SA)

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member: Audit Committee; Risk Committee; and Social and Ethics Committee

The above should read as follows Charmel Flemming, appointed as an independent non-executive director on 1 August 2020 is the Founder and CEO of FTwelve, a boutique cloud-based accounting firm. She is also a non-executive director on the boards of MixTelematics and ATKV, having previously held positions at Acorn Agri & Food Limited, KPMG and De Beers. At the latter, she served as a non-executive director for Acorn Agri & Food Limited and as a trustee on the boards of both the De Beers Benefit Society Medical Aid and De Beers Pension Fund from 2014 to 2018. A qualified Chartered Accountant and non-executive director serving on JSE-listed boards and an advocate for diversity in the financial industry and inclusivity in the boardroom.

Board and management: executive directors

Niël Pretorius [photo]

Niël Pretorius



  • Member: Risk Committee

Niël Pretorius has two decades of experience in the mining industry. He was appointed CEO designate of DRDGOLD on 21 August 2008 and CEO 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 as CEO of Ergo Mining Operations (formerly DRDGOLD SA) on 1 July 2006 and became Managing Director on 1 April 2008. Niël also serves as an elected Council Member with the Minerals Council of South Africa.

Riaan Davel [photo]

Riaan Davel

BCom (Hons), M Com, CA(SA)


  • Member: Social and Ethics Committee

Riaan Davel joined DRDGOLD in January 2015, before which he gained 17 years’ experience in the professional services industry, the majority obtained in the mining industry in Africa. As part of his experience, Riaan provided assurance and advisory services, including support and training on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to clients and teams across the African continent.

He spent seven years at KPMG as an audit partner, performing, inter alia, audits of listed companies in the mining industry, including SEC registrants. Riaan also has 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 update the South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (the SAMREC Code).

As Chief Financial Officer, he is playing an important role in directing DRDGOLD’s strategic growth so that environmental impact is delivered in tandem with value for the Company, its shareholders, as well as society as a whole, by adopting and applying the best practicable environmental options, as well as monitoring, evaluating and reporting the success of the mitigation measures applied.

The DRDGOLD Annual Integrated Report, which Riaan oversees, has been ranked in the “Excellent” category at the EY Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards for the third consecutive time in September 2023. Riaan was a nominee for the CFO of the Year at the CFO Awards 2022.

Senior management

Thulo Mogotsi Moletsane [photo]

Thulo Mogotsi Moletsane



Thulo Mogotsi-Moletsane is the Chairman and Non-executive Director of Ergo. He is an executive director of Khumo Bathong Holdings Proprietary Limited and a director of Khumo Mining and Investments Proprietary Limited. He was appointed a Non-executive Director of Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited in August 2010, having completed a Mining Qualifications Authority Executive Programme.

Jaco Schoeman [photo]

Jaco Schoeman

National Diploma (Analytical Chemistry), BTech (Analytical Chemistry)


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.

Shalin Naidoo [photo]

Shalin Naidoo

B Tech, MBA


Shalin Naidoo joined DRDGOLD as Chief Information and Technology Officer on 2 November 2020. Ranked amongst South Africa’s Top 8 Visionary CIOs by the institute of IT Professionals in South Africa (IITPSA) and International Data Corporation CIO of the Year in 2019, he has 10 years’ experience in leadership and strategy. He has worked previously in the mining sector for Anglo American Platinum and Tronox.

Henry Gouws [photo]

Henry Gouws

National Higher Diploma (Extraction Metallurgy), MDP. EPD


Henry Gouws is the Managing Director of Ergo. Henry has over 30 years' experience in the mining industry. He graduated from Technikon Witwatersrand and obtained a National Diploma in Extraction Metallurgy in 1990 and a National Higher Diploma in Extraction Metallurgy in 1991. He completed a Management Development Programme in 2003 through Unisa School of Business Leadership and an Executive Development Programme in 2012 through the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He was appointed Operations Manager of Crown in January 2006 and General Manager in July 2006. He was appointed to his current position in 1 October 2011.

Mark Burrell [photo]

Mark Burrell

BCom (Accounting), MDP


Mark Burrell is the Financial Director of Ergo. Mark holds a BComm Accounting degree and has completed a Management Development Programme and has over 20 years' experience in the mining sector. He joined DRDGOLD in 2004 on a consulting basis and later that year, was appointed as Financial Manager of the Blyvooruitzicht operation. He was appointed as Financial Director of Ergo in January 2012. Mark serves as a director on the board of Rand Refinery Proprietary Limited.

Kevin Kruger [photo]

Kevin Kruger

BscEng (Mechanical Engineering), MDP, PMD, Government Certificate of Competency (Mines)


Kevin Kruger has 34 years' experience in the mining industry in Africa. He joined the mining industry in January 1987 as a second year engineering student. Kevin graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand at the end of 1989 obtaining his BSc (Mechanical Engineering and his government certificate of Competency (mines) during 1993. Kevin was appointed as junior engineer in December 1989, section engineer in March 1994 and engineer in September 1994. He was appointed as engineering manager in 2003, general manager - technical services in 2004 an managing director in Chizimgold 2010. On 1 October 2013 he was appointed as Technical Director at Ergo where he was responsible for the environmental, health and safety, mineral resources and engineering portfolios. On 1 August 2018, Kevin was appointed Managing Director of FWGR.

Henriette Hooijer [photo]

Henriette Hooijer

BCom (Hons), CA(SA)


Henriette Hooijer is the Financial Director of FWGR. She joined DRDGOLD in May 2016 and was appointed as Financial Director of FWGR in August 2018. Before joining DRDGOLD, she spent 11 years in the professional services industry at KPMG, performing, inter alia, audits of listed companies in the mining industry, including SEC registrants.

Kgomotso Mbanyele [photo]

Kgomotso Mbanyele



Kgomotso Mbanyele was appointed as DRDGOLD’s company secretary in 25 October 2023. She has over 14 years' experience working in the company secretarial field, with over 11 years of these in the mining industry. Kgomotso previously served as a company secretarial officer for Gold Fields Limited and more recently as the assistant group company secretary of Sibanye-Stillwater Limited. She is a qualified Associate Company Secretary with the Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa.

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