One of the global mining industry’s well known mining heads has unexpectedly passed away.

Recognised best in South Africa during his tenure as CEO of DRDGold, Mr Wellesley-Wood’s passing was sudden and at this stage, the cause is not known.

AIM-listed KEFI Minerals, the gold exploration and development company with projects in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, noted the sudden passing of Wellesley-Wood, who was chairman of the company.

“Our deepest sympathies have been conveyed to his family.  Mr Wellesley-Wood was a gentleman of the highest integrity and discipline, a true professional who made a great contribution to the industry internationally over decades and to our company in recent years,” KEFI said in a statement.

Wellesley-Wood was also chairman of Tristar Resources who noted that he served the mining industry with distinction over a lengthy career.

During his stewardship of Tristar Resources, the company developed from a start-up, to the completion of the ground-breaking antimony and gold roasting project at its principal operating subsidiary in Oman.  “Mark was a deeply knowledgeable and wise leader.”

He is survived by his wife, children and one grandchild.