Board of Directors

The Board comprises four executive and five non-executive Directors of which four are independent.

Executive

Daniël (Danie) Pretorius

Daniël (Danie) Pretorius

Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Government Engineers Certificate of Competency, 1983

Danie founded Master Drilling in 1986 and has served as its Managing Director since its incorporation. He is certified as a government engineer and is actively involved in special projects at Master Drilling such as directional drilling, low-angle drilling, low-angle drilling for block caving and drop raising, as well as the design and modification of Master Drilling’s raisebore fleet. Prior to founding Master Drilling, Danie served as an engineer for six years between Western Deep Levels Gold Mine and Murray & Roberts RUC.

 
André van Deventer

André van Deventer

Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer

Hons BAcc, University of Potchefstroom, 1998; Chartered Accountant (SA), SAICA 2000

André joined Master Drilling as a Financial Manager in 2001 and was appointed as Financial Director in 2002. Prior to joining Master Drilling, he served as an accountant at Gericke, Rademeyer & Newton Walker Chartered Accounts from 1995 to 1999 and then as Financial Manager at Beefmaster (Pty) Ltd from 1999 to 2001.

 
Barend (Koos) Jordaan

Barend (Koos) Jordaan

Executive Director and Technical Director

BMEng, Pretoria Technikon 2000, BS in International Technology Management, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2000, MBA, Bond University, Australia, 2002

Koos joined Master Drilling as an Engineering Manager in 2001 and was appointed Technical Director in 2002. He also currently serves as a Director of Drilling Technical Services (Pty) Ltd. Prior to joining Master Drilling, Koos served as a technician at Orsmond Aviation in 1996 and then as a design and product engineer at Joy Mining Machinery from 1997 to 2001.

 
Gareth (Gary) Sheppard

Gareth (Gary) Sheppard

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

BSc Eng (Mining), Wits University, 1997; MBA, Wits Business School, 2003; Mine Managers Certificate of Competency; Member, Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas del Peru

Gary joined Master Drilling in 1999. He was appointed as a director of Master Drilling Perú SAC and Master Drilling International Ltd in 2001. He joined the Board of Master Drilling Mexico SA de CV in 2005 and the Board of Master Drilling Australia (Pty) Ltd in 2011. Gary has a BSc Eng (Mining), Wits University, 1997; an MBA, Wits Business School, 2003; and a Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency. Prior to joining Master Drilling, Gary was employed by AngloGold Ashanti (then Anglo American) as a Mining Engineer.

 

Non-Executive

Hendrik (Hennie) van der Merwe

Hendrik (Hennie) van der Merwe

Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

BA LLB (University of Stellenbosch), 1970, LLM (University of the Witwatersrand), 1983

Hennie initially practised as a commercial, corporate and litigation attorney for 12 years in Johannesburg where he was involved in a number of major corporate law, merger, acquisition and JSE listing transactions. He has held various senior management positions in the banking industry as Managing Director of Finansbank Ltd, General Manager of Nedcor Bank Ltd and Chief Executive Officer of Senbank Ltd. Since 1992, he has held senior executive positions, including positions as director and chairperson, of large listed and unlisted industrial corporations in South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom and the US, including Managing Director of Trencor Ltd (listed on the JSE).

 
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Akhter Deshmukh

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCom, University of South Africa, 1999; Member of the Institute of Accounting and Commerce (South Africa)

Akhter is an experienced professional who is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Leswikeng/Phastima group of companies. Prior to this position, he held a senior financial position at Lipschitz Assin and Partners, an auditing firm in South Africa.

 
Jacques de Wet

Jacques de Wet

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCom (Accounting) Hons, CA(SA), MCom (Financial Management)

Jacques has extensive experience in the mining and mining services industries, and is a chartered accountant with more than 16 years’ experience in the general finance, corporate finance and project finance areas of the mining industry. He started his mining career at Gencor (later Billiton and then BHP Billiton) in the mid-1990s as the manager responsible for internal audit and risk management, gaining extensive experience in the operational functioning of various mining and smelting activities, as well as marketing, trading and treasury activities. Jacques has experience in a range of commodity sectors, including aluminium, coal, chrome, manganese, gold, uranium and platinum. He has served on a number of boards, including Shaft Sinkers Holdings plc, Hernic Ferrochrome (Pty) Ltd, Total Coal South Africa Ltd, Marula Platinum Mine and Eureka Gold Mine Zimbabwe.

 
Shane Ferguson

Shane Ferguson

Non-Executive Director

BCom LLB, University of South Africa, 1986; LLB, University of South Africa, 1995

Shane is currently employed at TW Ferguson (Pty) Ltd and has engaged in legal, tax, business and corporate solutions for listed corporations and large to medium-sized private companies since 1994. He has provided legal advice to Master Drilling during most of that time. Prior to his employment at TW Ferguson (Pty) Ltd, Shane served as a staff member in the tax, legal and business unit at Arthur Anderson and Co and as a tax assessor at the South African Revenue Service.

 

Johan Louis Botha

Independent Non-Executive Director

Post graduate Executive Coaching Certificate, Business School of the Witwatersrand University

Johan joined as an Independent Non-Executive Director to the Master Drilling Board in November 2015. Prior to joining Master Drilling, Botha served as Managing Director and Vice President of Gold Fields’ Ghana operations. He has gained extensive experience in the mining industry, including holding General Manager positions with Anglo Gold, BHP and Gold Fields, both locally and in various countries in Africa, such as Zimbabwe, Mali, the DRC and Ghana. He also served as a non-executive director on the board of Mwana Africa Ltd.