Speakers

Claude
Claude Baissac, Chief Executive Officer, Eunomix

Eunomix™ is led by Claude Baissac. Claude is a specialist in sustainable development, growth and strategy with over 20 years of practice advising government, industry, and international organisations. His combination of expertise, at the nexus of policy, strategy and research, provides him with a unique perspective on the conditions for sustainable growth in complex societies.




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Roger
Roger Baxter, Chief Executive, Minerals Council South Africa

Mr Baxter was appointed CEO of the Minerals Council in 2015. He has 28 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors.


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Robin
Robin Bolton, Executive: Sustainability, IsoMetrix

Robin has been in the environmental, social and sustainability field since 2000 as a consultant with a focus on the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors as well as with financial institutes. He has worked across Africa and parts of the Middle East.

 


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Mark
Mark Bristow, President and CEO, Barrick Gold Corporation

Mark was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Barrick effective January 1, 2019, following completion of the merger with Randgold Resources. Previously, since its incorporation in 1995, Mark was the Chief Executive Officer of Randgold following his pioneering exploration work in West Africa.


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George
George Cheveley, Portfolio Manager, Ninety One

George is a portfolio manager and metals and mining specialist in the Thematic Equity team within Multi-Asset. He joined the firm in 2007. George is a portfolio manager for the Global Gold Fund and co-portfolio manager for the diversified Natural Resources strategies. 


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Zandile
Zandile Cindi, Senior Manager (Resources), Accenture

Zandile started her career as a mining operations specialist, advancing to a technical and management consultant with a distinguished proficiency in strategy and optimization. Her professional and people skills were honed over a 16-year period, expanding her seamless ability to formulate strategy at various levels, namely, corporate, business and functional. Zandile’s analytical frameworks range from critical questioning, gap studies, industry analysis, product-market matrix, product life cycles and SWOT analysis. She, naturally, journeys the strategy development process with executives and management, assisting in informing, shaping and supporting strategic decisions. Her commodity experience includes mineral sand, gold, iron ore, platinum, coal, copper, cobalt and manganese.

 


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Eric
Eric Croeser, Managing Director, Accenture

Eric is a Managing Director at Accenture and looks after their Industry X.0 offerings across Africa.  He has over 13 years of mining production and planning experience and spent the last 4 years developing and implementing Industry X.0 solutions for large mining and energy organisations.  


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Mark
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American

Mark contributes to Anglo American over 40 years’ experience of the mining industry across a wide range of geographies and commodities.

 

 


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Peter
Peter Davey, Independent Non-Executive Director, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd

He was previously a resource analyst at various investment banks in the United Kingdom and he also has extensive production experience in the South African gold and platinum mining industry.


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Dr Martyn
Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte

Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte as well as Dean of the Deloitte Alchemy School of Management. He leads Deloitte Insights, the firm’s thought leadership division and is a member of the Deloitte global economics team. Over his career, he has been a trusted advisor to the C-Suite at a large array of multinational firms on their market entry and engagement strategies in emerging markets and Africa. 


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Sir Mick
Sir Mick Davis

Sir Mick Davis is currently Chairman of MacSteel, a global trading and shipping company and a director and advisor to other companies in technology and financial services sector. He stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata plc in 2013, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metals companies which he grew in a 10-year period from a market value of US$500 million to US$60 billion, employing more than 90,000 people and operating in over 22 countries. 




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Arjen
Arjen de Bruin, Managing Director, OIM Consulting

As Managing Director of OIM Operations Solutions, Arjen de Bruin has more than 28 years' business consulting experience within mining, manufacturing, retail and financial services. In this capacity, Arjen is deeply engaged in creating long-term client partnerships through ensuring that OIM engagements deliver significant benefits. Arjen is a thought leader on how performance coaching of supervisors can significantly improve productivity and show a sustainable ROI. 


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André
André de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited

Over a 30-year career, André de Ruyter has plied his trade both locally and internationally in various portfolios in the energy space. He has significant experience in managing coal, oil, chemical and gas businesses, including marketing of export coal to international utilities and taking responsibility for the operations of very large coal and gas conversion plants, including electricity generation. 


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Nolitha
Nolitha Fakude, Chairperson, Management Board, Anglo American in South Africa

Nolitha was appointed Group Director – South Africa on 1 September 2019. From April 2017 to August 2019, she served as a non-executive director on the Board of Anglo American plc.

 


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Alex
Alex Fenn, Head of Technology and Innovation, Sibanye-Stillwater

Alex is a professionally registered mechanical engineer and has been involved in transport and machinery, as well as new technology and innovation in mining for the majority of his career. He currently heads Sibanye-Stillwater’s technology and innovation department which is responsible for group technology and innovation strategy, as well as conceptualizing, developing and implementing innovative safety and productivity improvement solutions across the mining production and beneficiation value chain for Sibanye-Stillwater’s full portfolio of assets. 




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Mike
Mike Fraser, Chief Operating Officer, South32

On 30 April 2018, Mike Fraser, in his role of Chief Operating Officer, assumed responsibility for the Group’s alumina operations in Australia, and Cerro Matoso in Colombia. He retains the Group’s aluminium operations in South Africa in his portfolio and he is responsible for South Africa Energy Coal. On 30 April 2018, Mike Fraser, in his role of Chief Operating Officer, assumed responsibility for the Group’s alumina operations in Australia, and Cerro Matoso in Colombia. 


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Neal
Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer, Sibanye-Stillwater

Neal Froneman was appointed executive director and CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater on 1 January 2013. Over the past five years he has led the transformation of Sibanye-Stillwater from a 1.5Moz South African-based gold producer into a leading precious metals miner with an international operating footprint ranking among the world’s top three PGM producers. 


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Thembelani
Thembelani Gantsho, Chief Executive Officer, Kudumane Manganese Resources

Thembelani Gantsho is the Chief Executive Officer of South African based Kudumane Manganese Resources. Prior to Kudumane, he was VP of Mining and Metals at Absa Capital, responsible for several mining and metals clients across various commodities.  

 


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Alistair
Alistair Hodgkinson, Executive Vice President – Projects, DRA Global

Alistair Hodgkinson is the Executive Vice President for the EMEA Region. Alistair joined DRA in 2007 and has over 23 years’ industry experience. He has been involved in large scale mining and minerals processing projects across EMEA, implementing various greenfields and brownfields resources projects.  In his current role, Alistair oversees the successful delivery of all projects across EMEA. Alistair completed his B.Sc. Eng (Mechanical) at the University of the Witwatersrand, holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a registered professional engineer.




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André
André Joubert, Chief Executive: Ferrous Division, African Rainbow Minerals

André Joubert is a Mining Engineer. He is the Chief Executive of the Ferrous Division of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). This division is responsible for the operational activities of Assmang, which is a 50/50 joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore, which are both listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 


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Charl
Charl Keyter, Group Chief Financial Officer, Sibanye-Stillwater

Charl Keyter was appointed a Director of Sibanye-Stillwater on 9 November 2012 and Executive Director and CFO on 1 January 2013. Previously, he was Vice President and Group Head of International Finance at Gold Fields. Charl has more than 20 years’ mining experience, having begun his career at Gold Fields in February 1995.




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Lucky
Lucky Kgatle, Senior Vice President, Sasol Mining

Lucky Kgatle obtained a BSc in Engineering: Industrial from Wits University in 2001.  He also has an MBA from GIBS which he received in 2009. He has held a number of positions at Sasol, including Vice President, Strategy and Business Development; Executive Manager, Operations Excellence; General Manager, Syferfontein Colliery; General Manager, Coal Handling Plant; Manager, Manufacturing and Site Work, Central Workshop; Section Engineer, Central Workshop; Reliability Engineer; Technical Advisor.


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Lullu
Lullu Krugel, Chief Economist, PwC

Lullu Krugel is the Chief Economist for PwC South Africa and a Partner in the strategy team. She leads a team of 17 economists, political analysts and regulatory specialists.


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Boipelo
Boipelo Lekubo, Chief Financial Officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

Boipelo joined Harmony on 1 June 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. She is a chartered accountant (SA) by profession with extensive experience in group financial management and reporting within the mining industry. Her previous roles include that of Chief Financial Officer of Atlatsa Resources Corporation and Financial Manager of Northam Platinum Limited.


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Mosa
Mosa Mabuza, Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geosciences

Mosa Mabuza qualified as a geologist with a BSc (Hons) and with a PDA in Business. He has extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions that span SADC, West Africa and Canada, amongst others. 


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Jongisa
Jongisa Magagula, Executive Director, Investor Relations and New Business Development, African Rainbow Minerals

Jongisa Magagula is currently the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). She began her career in the financial reporting department of Unilever South Africa Home and Personal Care. During her time at Unilever she was seconded to the internal audit team of Ernst and Young. 




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Charl P. de M.
Charl P. de M. Malan, Senior Metals & Mining Analyst, Van Eck (New York)

Charl Malan is the Senior Analyst for the global hard assets strategy. He specializes in base and industrial metals and also serves on the investment team for the gold equity strategy. He has been a member of the investment management team since 2003. 


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Olivia
Olivia Markham, Managing Director, Natural Resources, BlackRock (London)

Olivia Markham, CFA, Managing Director and portfolio manager, is a member of the Natural Resources team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Active Equity Group. 


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Glen
Glen Mc Gavigan, Executive Head of Technical and Projects, Kumba Iron Ore

Glen is the Executive Head of Technical and Projects for Kumba Iron ore.  In his current role he is responsible for exploration, geosciences, mining, processing, asset strategy and reliability, business improvement, technology deployment and growth projects.  


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Claire
Claire McMaster, Executive Head: Human Resources, Fraser Alexander

Claire has spent majority of her career working in the mining industry, firstly in her role as the Managing Consultant of a specialist mining placement company, followed by many years as the Group HRM for MSA, one of Africa's largest exploration and mining consulting firms. 


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Mxolisi
Mxolisi Mgojo, President, Minerals Council South Africa and Chief Executive Officer, Exxaro Resources

Mxolisi Mgojo has been in the mining industry since 2001. Prior to that, his career includes 10 years as a software engineer and 8 years in the finance industry including Societé Generale Investment Banking. Mxolisi has been with Exxaro Resources since its inception in 2006, heading the Base Metals and Industrial Minerals business before being appointed as the Executive Head of Coal in August 2008.  


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Mpumelelo
Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Chairperson, Menar

Mpumelelo Mkhabela is the Chairperson of Menar, which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Kangra and East Manganese. He is an experienced media practitioner and business leader.

 


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Adv. Thabo
Adv. Thabo Mokoena, Director General, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa



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Nico
Nico Muller, Chief Executive Officer, Impala Platinum

Nico Muller holds a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria and has a 28-year mining career across a range of commodities, including platinum. He has a proven track record as a successful operator and is a highly-rated leader and strategic thinker. Nico was appointed to the board of Implats as both Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director in April 2017. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice-President of Gold Fields’ South African operations (South Deep) for three years, where he fulfilled a pivotal role in re-energising and repositioning the mine for a sustainable future. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Royal Bafokeng Platinum, and in various other high-level positions at Anglovaal, African Rainbow Minerals, Avgold and De Beers.


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Deshnee
Deshnee Naidoo, Mining Executive

Deshnee Naidoo is a mining executive with diverse experience spanning 22 years. She has progressed through both the operational and corporate ranks across various functions and commodities over multiple geographies. Deshnee started her career at Anglo American Platinum in 1998 where she occupied a range of positions, including Process Engineer, Strategic Long-term Planning Manager and Manager - Corporate Finance Manager. She was appointed Deputy Head of the Anglo American Group CEO’s office in 2009 . In 2011, she was appointed CFO of Anglo American Thermal Coal, where she managed two commodities (thermal coal and manganese) across three geographies (South Africa, South America and Australia).


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July
July Ndlovu, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Coal South Africa

July was appointed CEO of Anglo American's coal business in South Africa on 1 September 2016. He was previously the Executive Head of Processing at Anglo American Platinum and held several senior managerial positions in metallurgical operations and technical services at Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe.

 


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Bongi
Bongi Ntsoelengoe, Cluster Executive Manager, Mining, CSIR

Bongi has had over 15 years’ experience in the mining industry, having worked in iron ore and base metal commodities. Her career started after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc (Eng) in Metallurgy and Material Engineering. Bongi holds a Masters of Business Administration from GIBS, University of Pretoria and a BSc (Eng) Honours (Metallurgical Engineering), University of Pretoria. She also has an Advanced Management Programme Certificate, University of Navarra, IESE Business School. She has held various positions in the mining industry, which has given her experience in the processing of minerals, delivering capital projects, technology research, digital road mapping and driving modernisation across the mining value chain. Bongi also served as a member of the innovation steering committee at the Minerals Council of South Africa and she is also a Council Member for the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).  

 


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Thandi
Thandi Orleyn, Chair, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd and Chair, BPSA

Thandi is married with 3 adult children and a granddaughter. She is an avid golfer, sport fanatic, reads voraciously, travels extensively and is passionate about transforming mindsets. She is an Inanda Seminary Alumna having matriculated in the Class of 1974. Thandi obtained her undergrad degree from Fort Hare University, went on to qualify and be admitted as an attorney.

During her student years, she was a political activist, taken into detention and expelled from Fort Hare University when she was doing her final year LLB. She became a Human Rights Lawyer and Socio-Economic Development Activist whose career of over 35 years spans the roles of attorney, mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, dispute resolution practitioner, public speaker, executive management and director of companies.

 

 


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Dr Fiona
Dr Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Senior Adviser, Mining Team, Global Advisory, Rothschild & Co. London

Fiona Perrott-Humphrey is an independent senior adviser to Rothschild & Co’s Mining Team. Her focus is on the constantly changing trends in the sector which impact on both corporate strategy issues as well as on the communication process between companies and their shareholders. She believes that current developments underway in new technologies and ESG issues are reflecting in some of the most seismic shifts in investor perceptions of the sector in decades. 


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Christine
Christine Ramon, Interim Chief Executive Officer, AngloGold Ashanti

Christine was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of AngloGold Ashanti with effect from 1 September 2020. Prior that she served as AngloGold Ashanti’s Chief Financial Officer and has been an executive director of the company since 1 October 2014. 


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Andries
Andries Rossouw, Partner, PwC South Africa

Andries is PwC’s Africa Energy, Utilities and Resources leader and an experienced JSE accredited audit partner. He has been with the firm since 1997 and partner since 2007. 


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Professor Bob
Professor Bob Scholes, Director: Global Change Institute, Wits University

Prof Bob Scholes is a systems ecologist with a particular interest in the savannas of Africa. He is among the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide based on citation. He has led several high-profile studies (e.g. the Assessment of Elephant Management, the Strategic Assessment of Shale Gas Development, the Global Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment) and large research campaigns (e.g. SAFARI 2000 and the Southern African Millennium Assessment). 


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Laxman
Laxman Shekhawat, Business Head, Vedanta Zinc International

Laxman Shekhawat is a national award-winning Senior Executive, leader, pioneer and strategist with over 29 years of rich and insightful experience in the metals and mining industry. He has contributed to the expansion of HZL mine and its status as one of the largest zinc producers in the world. 


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Errol
Errol Smart, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Orion Minerals

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals. He has more than 25 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operations with experience in precious and base metals. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals, LionGold Corporation and African Stellar Holdings.  His senior executive roles have been on several boards of companies listed on the TSX, ASX and JSE.


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Peter
Peter Steenkamp, Chief Executive Officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

Peter Steenkamp is Harmony’s chief executive officer and executive director from 1 January 2016. He has some 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, which include his last position as Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited, executive positions at Harmony from 2003 to 2007, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold.


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Bernard
Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard is the Chairman of the annual Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba as well as an Executive Director of the SBI. He is a Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists as well as a Partner in THINKspiration.


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Mike
Mike Teke, Chief Executive Officer, Seriti Resources

From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources, Mike has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore). 




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Dr Nombasa
Dr Nombasa Tsengwa, Managing Director Minerals, Exxaro Resources

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has more than 18 years of executive management and board experience in the public and private sectors. In 2003, she joined Kumba Resources as General Manager, Safety, Health and Environment. In 2007, she became Executive General Manager, Safety and Sustainable Development. 


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Douglas
Douglas Upton, Investment Analyst & Partner, Capital Global London

Douglas Upton is an equity investment analyst at Capital Group with research responsibility for global metals and mining companies. He has 31 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 15 years. 


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Srinivasan
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat)

Venkat was the Chief Executive Officer of the global gold producer, AngloGold Ashanti Limited from 2013 to 2018, and was the Group CEO of the diversified natural resources group Vedanta Resources Limited from 2018 to 2020. With experience across natural resources, finance, strategy, restructuring, senior executive and board leadership positions, his career spans across six continents and several metals, notably gold.


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Natascha
Natascha Viljoen, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Platinum

Prior to her current appointment, Natascha was group head of Processing for Anglo American, a position she had held since 2014. This followed six years at Lonmin, where she served on the executive committee as executive vice president of Processing, also with responsibility for several wider corporate functions including sustainability.


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Mpumi
Mpumi Zikalala, Managing Director: De Beers Group Managed Operations

Mpumi was appointed Managing Director, De Beers Group Managed Operations, in April 2019.

She joined De Beers Group in 2001 as an Ore Processing Engineer and Section Head at the Cullinan mine. In 2007, she resumed the role of Production Manager at De Beers Kimberley mines before taking the reins as General Manger. She was appointed General Manager of the Group’s Voorspoed mine in 2010, a role she held for three years before her appointment as Senior Vice-President of De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa.


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Sandile
Sandile Zungu, Executive Chairman, Zungu Investments Company

Sandile Donald Muziwenkosi Zungu (“Zungu”) was born in Durban on the 10th of February 1967. He did post-matric at Hilton College in 1994. Zungu completed a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1988 as well as a MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business in 1995. 


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