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Dual-listed Sibanye has appointed Robert van Niekerk as executive vice president: southern Africa region following his role in the company as divisional CEO: platinum.

Van Niekerk has been an integral part of the company’s executive team since he joined Sibanye in February 2013 and has fulfilled various roles within the organisation, including, most recently as divisional CEO: platinum.

Van Niekerk has been involved in the mining industry for over 30 years, operating within South Africa and internationally in senior management positions at Gold Fields and Anglo American Platinum.

[quote]Prior to joining the company, van Niekerk was senior vice president and head of mining for the Gold Fields Group.

Van Niekerk’s appointment follows the acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company in May 2017 and a subsequent transition of the Sibanye Group organisational structure from a divisional commodity structure to a geographical regionalised structure.

“With the significant increase in size and geographical spread of the company, this regionalised organisational structure will provide effective leadership, ensuring appropriate focus and skills allocation in well-defined geographical regions and corporate functions,” says Sibanye CEO, Neal Froneman.

“This focus coupled with a strong executive presence in clearly understood social and cultural regions will position Sibanye for continued success,” adds Froneman.

”Van Niekerk’s recognised leadership and mining experience, in particular in the complex South African mining environment, will ensure operational success,” concludes Froneman.

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