Position and qualificationsExperienceAveng board committee

Kobus Verster


BCom (Hons), MBL, EMP

Kobus was appointed CEO of the Aveng Group in February 2014.

Kobus was appointed to the Board as financial director in September 2010.

He serves on the boards of various group companies including Aveng (Africa) (Pty) Ltd, McConnell Dowell and Aveng Trident Steel.

Prior to joining the Aveng Group, Kobus was the chief financial officer of ArcelorMittal (South Africa) and also held various senior management positions at ArcelorMittal.

Member of Executive Committee;
Tender Risk Committee

Juba Mashaba

Group human resources director

BA, LLB (Swaziland), Human Resources Executive Programme (University of Michigan Business School)

Juba was appointed to the Board in October 2007.

He serves on the boards of group companies Aveng (Africa) (Pty) Ltd and Aveng Trident Steel Holdings. Juba’s HR career started in 1995 with Eskom as a group HR manager. In 1997, he was appointed HR director of Simba, and that role was expanded in 2004 to include the PepsiCo businesses in subSaharan Africa. In 2004, he was appointed to the board of ArcelorMittal (South Africa) as executive director, HR. He further served on the human resources and nomination committee, transformation committee, and safety, health and environmental committee of ArcelorMittal (South Africa).

Member of Executive Committee

David Robinson

Managing director of McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited

BE (Civil), FIE Aust, CP Eng, FAICD

David was appointed to the Board in January 2005.

He serves as a director of McConnell Dowell Corporation and all group operating and holding subsidiary companies in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the  United Kingdom. David joined McConnell Dowell as a site engineer in 1978, working on various projects throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. In 1985, he was appointed state manager for New South Wales and in  1987 general manager for the civil  division operations. He was appointed  chief executive officer of McConnell  Dowell Corporation Limited in October  2000. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, a Certified Practising Engineer and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Member of Executive Committee

Adrian Macartney

Group Financial DirectorBCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Adrian was appointed to the Board on 8 September 2014.

Member of executive committee


Position and qualificationsExperienceAveng board committee

Mahomed Seedat

Independent non-executive director Chairman

BEng (Electrical), PMD, GCC

Mahomed was appointed to the Board on 4 July 2012.

Mahomed is chairman of Eastern Platinum Limited and Western Platinum Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Lonmin plc and an independent non-executive director of Mechel Mining OAO. He was previously chief operating officer of Lonmin plc and served as president of Lonmin South Africa and as president of Energy Coal of BHP Billiton plc. Mahomed also served as president and chief operating officer of Ingwe Collieries Limited (BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa Limited) and president and chief operating officer Aluminium Southern Africa, with responsibility for the operations at the  Hillside and Bayside Aluminium Smelters in Richards Bay, South Africa and the  Mozal Aluminium Smelter in Mozambique.

Member of Safety, Health and Environmental Committee

Peter Erasmus

Independent non-executive director

Pr Eng, BSc (Civil) (Hons), BCom (Cum Laude), MSAICE

Peter was appointed to the Board in March 2011.

Peter has worked on major infrastructural projects in South Africa and the Middle East where, over the last 10 years, he has been involved in a spectrum of private public partnership projects and dispute resolution. He is a professional engineer and was previously the chief operating officer of Group Five and held  managing director and senior management roles at Stewart Scott International, Tolcon, Keeve Steyn Inc and Tolplan Consortium. He is a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers and is managing director of KeyQuoin.

Chairman of Risk Committee
Member of Tender Risk Committee

May Hermanus

Independent non-executive director

BSc (Geology), MSc (Physical Metallurgy), Takemi Fellow, Harvard University, Fellow SAIMM

May was appointed to the Board in September 2009.

May has worked in various positions in the private, public and NGO sectors in South Africa. She is a former deputy director general of the Department of Minerals and Energy for mine safety and health. May serves on the boards of the Rail Safety Regulator, the Minerals and Mining Development Board of the Department of Mineral Resources, the Council for Geoscience, Sacred Heart College and is chairperson of the Bokamoso Trust, the employee share option scheme of AngloGold Ashanti. She is currently the Executive Director: Natural Resources and the Environment at the CSIR, continues to be associated with the University of the Witwatersrand in a visiting capacity and is a fellow of the SAIMM.

Chairman of Safety, Health and Environmental Committee

Michael Kilbride

Independent non-executive director

BSc (Hons) Mining Engineering, (RSM, London University), MDP (Unisa), SEP (London Business School)

Michael was appointed to the Board on 4 July 2012.

Michael’s career includes working for Anglo American in the gold mining sector as well as serving as an executive director of both Kumba Resources and Exxaro Resources. He also serves on the board of Continental Coal where he is the non-executive chairman. Michael brings extensive experience in mining to the Board.

Member of Risk Committee;
Safety, Health and Environmental Committee

Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

Independent non-executive director

Dip Education (Swaziland), BSc (Swaziland), MSc (UK), SEP (Harvard), MCRP (IMD)

Thoko was appointed to the Board in December 2010.

Thoko is currently the CEO of Kutana Investment Group and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard South Africa and Alcatel South Africa. She has held senior positions at Siemens Telecommunications, Lucent Technologies and Telkom. She serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Vodacom Group, Absa Bank and KnorrBremse SA.

Member of Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee;
Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Eric Diack

Independent non-executive member of the Board

B.Acc CA (SA), AMP Harvard & UCT

Eric has extensive experience of the South African Industrial and Mining landscape. During his corporate and entrepreneurial career, Eric fulfilled numerous senior and executive financial management positions and he has been integral to the negotiation and successful conclusion of a multitude of transactions. Eric is currently a Non-executive Director on the Boards of African Consolidated Resources,Bidvest Group, Bidvest Bank and McConnell Dowell. Eric has previously served on numerous major listed and unlisted company boards. 

Member of the Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Committee

Angus Band

Independent non-executive

BA, BAcc, CA (SA)

Angus was appointed to the Board in July 2006.

Angus joined AVI as an executive director  in 1997 and was appointed managing director of National Brands in 1998 and group chief executive officer of  AVI in 1999. He was previously chief  financial officer of Telkom SA, commercial director of PG Bison, chief executive officer and subsequently nonexecutive chairman of AVI. He serves on the board of Liberty Group Holdings.

Chairman of the Board
Member of Investment Committee;
Risk Committee;
Remuneration and Nomination Committee;
Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee;
Tender Risk Committee

Kholeka Mzondeki

Independent non-executive member of the Board

B.Com, ACCA (UK)

Kholeka is an experienced Finance Director (FD/CFO) who has led diverse teams of professionals in a variety of highly competitive industries, markets and fast-paced environments. She has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, financial business unit development, risk management, project implementation, system engineering strategies, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and negotiations.  Kholeka has worked in multiple industries and geographies.

Kholeka is currently an independent non-executive director on the Telkom board as a member of their Audit and Investment committees, the Sentula Mining board as a member of their Audit and Risk committee, as well as Bauba Platinum board as the Chairperson of their Audit, Social and Ethics committee.  Internationally, Kholeka sits on the United Nations body in Rome as an audit committee member. Through her involvement with WFP she was invited a subject expert on the recruitment of new audit committee member on the UN Global Fund based in Geneva. She is also a Council member of ACCA, a global accountancy body.

Peter Ward

Independent non-executive director

BCom, CA (SA)

Peter was appointed to the Board in July 2007.

Peter joined Deloitte & Touche in 1973, was appointed an audit partner in 1983 and a group leader audit in 1993. He was  appointed business unit leader of Deloitte Forensic and Dispute Services Division in 1999 and retired from Deloitte in May 2007. He serves on the boards of Hollard Holdings, The Hollard Insurance Company, Palabora Mining Company and Palabora Copper.

Chairman of Audit Committee
Member of Risk Committee;
Tender Risk Committee