Directors, officers and executives

Board and management: Non-executive directors

Geoffrey Campbell

Geoffrey Campbell (53)

BSc (Geology)
Independent non-executive chairman
  • Chairman (Nominations): Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member: Audit and Risk Committee

Geoffrey Campbell was appointed a non-executive director in 2002, a senior independent non-executive director in December 2003 and as non-executive chairman in October 2005. A qualified geologist, he has worked on gold mines in Wales and Canada. He spent 15 years as a stockbroker before becoming a fund manager, during which time he managed the Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Gold and General Fund, one of the largest gold mining investment funds. He was also research director for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Geoffrey is a director of Oxford Abstracts.


Johan Holtzhausen

Johan Holtzhausen (68)

BSc, BCompt(Hons), CA (SA)
Independent non-executive director
  • Chairman: Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member: Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Johan Holtzhausen was appointed an independent non-executive director of the company on 25 April 2014. He has more than 42 years’ experience in the accounting profession, having served as a senior partner at KPMG, and held the highest Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (United States), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and Sarbanes-Oxley Act accreditation required to service clients listed on stock exchanges in the United States of America.

His clients included major corporations listed in South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States of America.

Johan currently serves as an independent director of the Tourism Enterprise Partnership and chairs the audit and risk committee on a voluntary basis. This South African non-profit company is a leading small business development agency funded by a public-private partnership. He chairs the audit and risk committee of Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining Proprietary Limited, an emerging South African manganese miner. He is a non-executive director of Caledonia Mining Corporation, a Canadian corporation listed in the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom, and he chairs its audit and risk committee.


Edmund Jeneker

Edmund Jeneker (52)

IEDP(Wits), M.Inst. D., SAIPA
Independent non-executive director
  • Chairman: Social and Ethics Committee
  • Chairman (Remuneration): Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member: Audit and Risk Committee

Edmund Jeneker was appointed a non-executive director in November 2007. He trained as an accountant and gained experience in finance, taxation, business strategy and general management at Grant Thornton, SwissReSA, World Bank Competitiveness Fund and Deloitte over a period of more than 20 years. He is active in community development and serves as a member of the Provincial Development Commission of the Western Cape Provincial Government. He currently holds the position of managing director: ABSA AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings at ABSA Group Limited.


James Turk

James Turk (67)

BA (International Economics)
Independent non-executive director
  • Member: Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member: Nominations and Remuneration Committee

James Turk was appointed a non-executive director in October 2004, and in 2011 met the JSE Listing Requirements to be an independent director. He is the founder and a director of GoldMoney Network Limited, also known as GoldMoney.com, an online provider of physical gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion to buyers worldwide and the operator of a digital gold currency payment system. Since graduating in 1969, he has specialised in international banking, finance and investments. After starting his career with JP Morgan Chase in 1980, James joined the private investment and trading company of a prominent precious metals trader. He moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1983 as manager of the Commodity Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Since resigning in 1987, he has written frequently on money and banking.


James Turk

Toko Mnyango (51)

Dip Juris, BJuris
Independent non-executive director

Mrs Mnyango was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the company on 1 December 2016. Mrs Mnyango began her career as a prosecutor for the KaNgwane homeland, before becoming a legal advisor for the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. She has held directorships on company boards including Gijima, EOH Mthombo (Proprietary) Limited, AllPay Eastern Cape (Proprietary) Limited, a subsidiary of ABSA Limited, and the Ryk Neethling Foundation. She currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Vitom Technologies (Pty) Ltd and Vitom Brands Communication (Pty) Ltd.


Executive directors

Niel Pretorius

Niël Pretorius (47)

BProc, LLB
Chief executive officer
  • Member: Social and Ethics Committee

Niël Pretorius has two decades of experience in the mining industry. He was appointed chief executive officer designate of DRDGOLD on 21 August 2008 and chief executive officer on 1 January 2009. After joining the company on 1 May 2003 as legal adviser, he was promoted to the position of group legal counsel on 1 September 2004 and general manager: corporate services on 1 April 2005. Niël was appointed chief executive officer of Ergo Mining Operations (formerly DRDGOLD SA) on 1 July 2006, becoming managing director on 1 April 2008.


Riaan Davel

Riaan Davel (39)

CA (SA), BCom (Hons), M Com
Chief financial officer

Riaan Davel has 17 years’ experience in the professional services industry, mostly in the mining sector in Africa. As part of gaining this experience, he provided assurance and advisory services, including support and training on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to clients and teams across the African continent. Davel has spent the last seven years at KPMG as audit partner, where his work included performing audits of listed companies in the mining industry, including SEC registrants. He has also gained experience as an IFRS technical partner, and represented the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants on the International Accounting Standards Board’s project on Extractive Activities from 2003 to 2010. He also served on committees that compile or update the South African Codes for reporting and valuation of mineral reserves and resources.


Top and senior management

Reneiloe Masemene

Reneiloe Masemene (33)

LLB, LLM
Company secretary
Group legal counsel and prescribed officer

Reneiloe Masemene is a qualified attorney who joined DRDGOLD in January 2009 as legal advisor. She was appointed to the position of senior legal advisor in October 2011 and prescribed officer of Ergo in June 2012. She was appointed to the position of group legal counsel in August 2014 and from March 2016, she has taken up the position of the company secretary as well.


Thulo Moletsane

Thulo Mogotsi Moletsane (45)

BA, LLB
Sustainable development director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited

Thulo Mogotsi Moletsane is an executive director of Khumo Bathong Holdings Proprietary Limited and a director of Khumo Mining and Investments Proprietary Limited. He has completed an executive programme (EPP) offered by the Mining Qualifications Authority. He was appointed as a director of Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited in August 2010.


Moltin Paseka Ncholo

Moltin Paseka Ncholo (50)

LLB, LLM
Non-executive director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited

Moltin Paseka Ncholo formed Khumo Bathong Holdings Proprietary Limited in 1999 and became an enthusiastic operator and member of the mining fraternity. Paseka is executive chairman of Khumo Bathong Holdings Proprietary Limited. Paseka holds various other executive and board positions. He was appointed as a director of Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited in February 2013.


Wilhelm Jacobus (Jaco) Schoeman

Jaco Schoeman (39)

National Diploma (Analytical Chemistry), BTech (Analytical Chemistry)
Operations director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited
  • Member: Social and Ethics Committee

Jaco Schoeman joined DRDGOLD in 2011 as executive officer: business development to focus on expanding the group’s surface retreatment business and extracting maximum value from existing resources. In July 2014 the roles of COO and executive officer: business development were phased out and replaced with the position of operations director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited, and Jaco Schoeman was appointed to that position.


Charles Symons

Charles Symons (60)

BCom, MBL, Dip Extractive Metallurgy
Director: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited and chairman:
  • Chairman: Oversight Committee

Charles Symons joined the mining industry on 14 February 1977 and transferred to Crown Gold Recoveries Proprietary Limited in January 1986. He was appointed general manager in 1995, executive officer: surface operations of DRDGOLD Limited on 1 January 2008 and as executive officer: operations of DRDGOLD Limited on 11 May 2010. On 1 October 2011 he was appointed chief operating officer (COO) of DRDGOLD. Following the restructuring of senior management in July 2014, Charles Symons assumed the role of chairman: Oversight Committee: Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited.