Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Beyers Nel as Chief Operating Officer of the South African operations and Phillip Tobias in the new position of Chief Operating Officer of special projects and development, which includes safety, mining projects and company strategy with effect from 1 March 2016.
Both Beyers and Phillip have been regional general managers at Harmony, responsible for certain mining operations – since 1 July 2014.
Beyers holds a BEng (Mining Engineering), MBA and is a registered professional engineer (Pr Eng).
He has 15 years experience in gold mining – 13 years at Harmony – gained on a variety of opencast, deep and ultra-deep gold mines in both supervisory and management positions. Beyers is also currently the vice president of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.
Phillip holds a BSc (Mining Engineering), has completed the Wits International Executive Development Programme and GIBS Advanced Management Programme, is a registered professional engineer (Pr Eng) and holds a Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competence.
He joined Harmony on 1 July 2014, with more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. His operational and managerial experience were developed at a number of gold and platinum mines. He was appointed the first black president of the Association of the Mine Managers of South Africa in 2008.
“Both Beyers and Phillip have a wealth of mining experience, are tenacious, energetic and have proven themselves as successful mining engineers. They will join the executive team and report to me directly. I have no doubt that we will see excellent results from them both”, says Peter Steenkamp, Harmony Chief Executive Officer.