Directors & Management

Matthew Robinson

Independent Non-Executive Chairman (Appointed in 2016)

Matthew has spent much of his career in the growth company arena, with 18 years’ experience in mining and resources. He spent 15 years to 2015 as a Corporate Finance Director at finnCap and Panmure Gordon/Durlacher. During this time, he was responsible for establishing finnCap and Panmure Gordon’s mining and resources investment businesses, in addition to his role as adviser to AIM and Official List companies on the London Stock Exchange. Moving to the nascent finnCap in 2006, Matthew was instrumental in its rapid growth which saw it become the largest nominated adviser and broking firm, by number of clients, on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.

Training as a Chartered Accountant, Matthew began his career at Binder Hamlyn and Touche Ross, the predecessor firm of Deloitte, before founding a business consultancy specialising in corporate turnarounds. He spent several years as the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Internet Music Shop, one of the first online music retailers. During his time with the Company, Matthew managed its merger with European competitor Boxman.com, with turnover growing to over £12 million per annum, and was responsible for raising approximately £20 million of equity.

Werner Klingenberg

Interim Chief Executive Officer (Appointed in 2017)

Werner joined Goldplat in 2015 as Group Financial Manager. Within this role he was integral in managing Goldplat’s financial and operational affairs. With his knowledge and understanding of the Group’s operations, he was appointed to the role of Group Finance Director in 2017 , following a period as interim CEO, was appointed Group CEO on a permanent basis in September 2019. Werner qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa and he has accrued significant commercial experience, both within Southern Africa and at a wider international level, initially working within the telecommunications and retail industries. His extensive knowledge spans audit and financial management and systems.

Ian Visagie

Executive Director (Appointed in 2006)

Ian is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior positions in the mining industry since 1990. 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, and Goldplat Recovery in March 1997 as Financial Director. Ian has been a Director of Goldplat plc since its admission to AIM in 2006.

Hansie van Vreden

Chief Operating Officer (Appointed in 2013)

Hansie has been Chief Operating Officer since 2013 and is an experienced metallurgist with over 15 years in the mining industry. Since joining Goldplat Hansie has gained invaluable experience in the processing of mining by- products, clean ups and the processing of other precious metal materials. Prior to joining Goldplat he worked at several Anglo Gold Ashanti operations in South Africa, including Savuka, Mponeng and Kopanang Gold Plants, and Sunrise Dam Gold Mine in Western Australia. During his time at Anglo Gold Ashanti (1999¬ to 2013) he was responsible for the overall operational management, health and safety, production planning and execution, projects, metallurgical accounting, security and operational staff. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical: Mineral Processing) from the University of Stellenbosch.

Nigel Wyatt

Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed in 2013)

Nigel is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines. He has held senior positions in a number of mining and engineering companies, primarily in Southern Africa. He was the group marketing director of a De Beers group subsidiary supplying specialised materials, engineering and technology to the industrial and mining sectors, and commercial director of Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Limited, South Africa. He was CEO, at flotation, of AIM listed Chromex Mining Plc, and subsequently sold under a takeover offer.

Sango Ntsaluba

Non-Executive Director (Appointed in 2017)

Sango is the executive chairman and co-founder of NMT Capital (Pty) Limited, a diversified investment holding group, which holds 26 per cent interest in Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Limited. He has built an illustrious career within South Africa, spanning over 30 years. This includes successfully founding Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, one of South Africa’s ‘Big 5’ accounting firms. Alongside a distinguished auditing career, Sango has extensive corporate experience in areas that include logistics and the automotive industry. He currently serves as an independent board member of Barloworld Limited, a leading global industrial company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”), with responsibility for chairing the group’s audit committee. He also serves on the boards of JSE listed companies Kumba Iron Ore Limited, Pioneer Foods Group Limited, a producer and distributor of a range of branded food and beverage products. Sango is the Chairman of the board of Goldplat’s subsidiary, Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Ltd.

Stephen Ronaldson

(Appointed in 2005)

Stephen is a partner in Druces LLP’s Corporate & Commercial team, with over 30 years’ experience in corporate law with a particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Stephen acts as company secretary for several publicly listed companies.

Esau Mokoteli

General Manager – Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Ltd (Appointed in 2016)

Esau is a Metallurgist with experience spanning over twenty years in the mining industry. Through his career he worked for several mining companies including two of the major gold mining companies in South Africa. As a plant manager, Esau was part of the team that successfully assisted Mine Waste Solutions the then subsidiary of First Uranium, which was later taken over by AngloGold Ashanti, through its transition into a high volume tailings re-treatment facility with over 1.8 million tonnes processed per month. Under AngloGold Ashanti, Esau went on to take up the responsibility of the Process Manager overseeing the Reclamation, Processing and Deposition activities of the Mine Waste Solutions complex. He was later made responsible, as a Process Manager, for Kopanang Gold Plant and West Gold Plant both processing low grade rock stockpiles. He joined Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Ltd in 2016 as a General Manager responsible for the day-to-day management of the operation.