South Africa – Mining veteran and COO for South Africa’s Chamber of Mines Roger Baxter will take up the position of chief executive from 1 May 2015.
This follows the announcement that chief executive Bheki Sibiya, will retire on 30 April “to pursue personal interests”.
“The Council would like to thank Mr Sibiya for his leadership during his tenure as chief executive of the Chamber and further wish him the best in his future endeavors” says the Chamber’s president, Mike Teke.
The Council congratulates Baxter in his new role and believes his experience in the mining industry and his leadership skills will enable the Chamber to continue to carry out its role of representing the industry effectively as it engages with all stakeholders.
On the announcement of his retirement Sibiya was grateful for the opportunity of being the chief executive of the Chamber and says, “I congratulate Roger Baxter on his well-deserved appointment and wish him all the best. I sincerely thank President Teke, the office bearers, the Council and all the members of the Chamber of Mines for the opportunity of being of service to the industry. I am deeply indebted to the staff for their unwavering camaraderie. Furthermore I thank Ministers Shabangu and Ramatlhodi and their staff for their leadership, and the leaders of the Trade Unions: NUM, AMCU, Solidarity and UASA for their robust cooperation.”
Sibiya took over as chief executive from Mzolisi Diliza five years ago and ensured that the Chamber carried out its lobby and advocacy role competently and to the satisfaction of all its members. The staff and members of the Chamber are grateful to Sibiya for his leadership.
Roger Baxter completed his post graduate studies in economics at the University of Natal before joining the Chamber of Mines in 1992.
Baxter has participated in the team negotiating a revised mineral policy with the democratic government, which included matters of beneficiation, black economic empowerment, the economics of the new Minerals Act, minerals taxation and the proposed new Minerals Royalty Bill. He was the Chamber negotiator on the Mining Charter, the Charter’s Scorecard and for the Mineral Royalty Bill discussions.
Baxter has played a pivotal role in the Mining Industry Growth, Development and Employment Task Team (MIGDETT) which was established in 2008 to find ways of counteracting the effects of the global economic crisis on the industry and position mining for the next commodity upswing.