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Billy Mawasha joins Richard Bay Minerals from Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore where he was executive head of operations and integration.

Mawasha has been appointed managing director, Richards Bay Minerals, effective 12 July.

Mawasha has extensive leadership experience across a number of African operations.

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Billy Mawasha has been appointed managing director, Richard Bay Minerals.

Last year he was named by the South African Financial Mail as a top black leader of the future, and has recently been awarded the title of Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

“I’m honoured to be joining Richard Bay Minerals, an outstanding brand with a reputation as a world leader in our industry,” says Mawasha.

“We are a company that is strongly focused on compassion and care for our people and the natural environments within which we operate. I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead,” explains Mawasha.

Mawasha joins the company at an exciting time while it continues to operate safely and successfully.

In June 2017, Richard Bay Minerals completed five million injury free hours for the first time in its 40 year history.

Richards Bay Minerals is South Africa’s largest mineral sands producer and beneficiation company. Richards Bay Minerals was formed in 1976 to mine the vast mineral rich sands of the northern KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

The mine produces predominantly rutile, zircon, titania slag, titanium dioxide feed-stock and high purity iron.

Rio Tinto holds a 74% stake in Richards Bay Minerals and manages the operations.

Blue Horison, a BBBEE consortium consisting of lead investors and the four host communities, owns a 24% stake, while the remaining 2% of the shares are held in an employee trust.

Feature image credit: Rio Tinto