Directors & Management
Brian MoritzNon-executive Chairman
Brian is a Chartered Accountant and former Senior Partner of Grant Thornton, London. He formed Grant Thornton's Capital Markets Team, which floated over 100 companies on AIM under his chairmanship. In 1995 he retired to concentrate on bringing new companies to the market as a director. He focuses on mining companies, primarily in Africa, and was formerly Chairman of African Platinum PLC and Metal Bulletin PLC as well as currently being Chairman of several junior mining companies. Brian is a member of the audit and remuneration committees of the Company and is responsible for corporate governance issues and compliance with AIM.
Ian VisagieChief Executive Officer
Ian is a chartered accountant who has worked in senior positions in the mining industry since 1990. A South African citizen he trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in its Pretoria office. Having gained post-qualifying experience with KPMG he moved into a mining environment in 1990 when he joined Consolidated Modderfontein Mines Limited as Financial Manager where he first worked with Demetri Manolis.
In 1992, he joined Gravelotte Mines Limited as Financial Manager and Goldplat Recovery in March 1997 as Financial Director. With Demetri Manolis, he took over management control of Goldplat Recovery in November 2000.
Ian is responsible for the financial and administration affairs of the Company and its subsidiaries.
Hansie van Vreden
Hansie is a qualified Metallurgist who has a solid understanding of the Company’s gold recovery operations having worked as General Manager of GPL, and Managing Director of GPL and GRG gold recovery operations. Prior to joining Goldplat, Hansie worked at several AngloGold Ashanti operations in South Africa and Australia, where responsibilities included working as the Production Metallurgist at AngloGold Ashanti's Kopanang Gold Plant in South Africa.
Nigel WyattNon Executive
Mr. Wyatt has over 40 years of experience in the mining arena, having held senior positions in a number of mining and engineering companies, primarily in Southern Africa. This includes acting as Group Marketing Director of a De Beers subsidiary group, which was responsible for supplying specialised materials, engineering and technology to the industrial and mining sectors. Following this he was Commercial Director of Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.
Nigel is a mining engineer and a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines, England.
Dr. Robert Pitts SmithExecutive Director
With a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in business administration, Robert has been active in the precious metals recovery industry since 1979 when he originally joined Golden Dumps Research Limited. In 1992 he joined Gravelotte Mines Limited in charge of metallurgical processes and began working with Demetri Manolis on Goldplat Recovery matters in 2000 before formally joining Goldplat Recovery in September 2003. He is currently responsible for marketing and technical matters.
Pedro De SouzaPlant Manager
Pedro, who has more than 40 years of experience operating gold plants, joined Goldplat Recovery in September 2003 having worked previously at Consolidated Modderfontein Mines Limited and Gravelotte Mines Limited. He is responsible for the operation of the plant together with his team of assistants.
Sam Du PlessisConsultant
Prior to 1992, Sam was employed by the Department of Minerals and Energy in South Africa as assistant government mining engineer (Director - Mining Economics). Since then, he has acted as a consultant to various mining groups and has many years of experience in mining legislation, valuation, mining taxation and mining rights. Sam is responsible for and prepares Goldplat Recovery's environmental management programme and reports on it annually to the Department of Minerals and Energy.
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