Mining Group Goldplat appoints new COO

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Goldplat, the AIM listed gold producer in Africa, is pleased to announce further to the announcement dated 5 December 2013, that its current Executive Director Hansie van Vreden has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Goldplat with immediate effect.

This appointment will see Hansie responsible for Goldplat’s gold recovery operations and expansion opportunities in Africa. As previously announced, Dr Robert Pitts Smith stepped down from his role as Executive Director on 31 December 2013 in line with his retirement.

Hansie’s appointment as COO reinforces the Company’s strategy of succession planning and strengthening its team as it continues to build on its position as the market leader of gold recovery in Africa.

“I would firstly like to thank Bob for his years of service to the Company; he has played a vital role in the success of our market leading gold recovery operations in South Africa and Ghana since our inception and we wish him all the best in his retirement. With that said, we are also delighted to appoint Hansie to the role of Chief Operating Officer. During his time at Goldplat he has become an invaluable member of the Group, and his status as COO now reflects that. In his role as Managing Director of both our gold recovery operations he has already gained an invaluable understanding of the Company’s operations and with this expertise I am confident that Hansie will continue to help our company grow,” says Ian Visagie, Goldplat CEO.

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