Nolitha Fakude has been appointed as president of the Minerals Council South Africa. This is the first time in the 131 year history of the organisation that a female has been appointed as president.
Fakude was formerly a vice-president and is also the chair of the Minerals Council Women in Mining Leadership Forum. The new vice-presidents are Paul Dunne, CEO of Northam Platinum; Themba Mkhwanazi, CEO of Kumba Iron Ore; and Peter Steenkamp, CEO of Harmony.
Roger Baxter, CEO of the Minerals Council said, “On behalf of the Minerals Council and its members, we welcome Nolitha Fakude in her new role as president and our new office bearers, who are long-serving board members. It is a watershed occasion to have our first woman president and is testament to Nolitha’s fortitude and leadership capability. I am certain that she will leave an indelible mark on the industry and a material leadership contribution in the years ahead.
“One thing that has been such a great asset to the industry is the very high calibre of leadership of women and men from our board that are willing to step forward and play key leadership roles as office bearers in the Minerals Council. These leaders have a profound impact on the future direction of the mining industry and the country. I look forward to working with Nolitha and the office bearer team in the year ahead as we continue to #MakingMiningMatter.