Jean-Pierre van Staden takes over "vitally important" CFO role at Botswana's Minergy

Vastly experienced Jean-Pierre van Staden will take over from Morné du Plessis with effect from 2 January 2020.

Botswana-based coal miner and trader Minergy has announced the appointment of Jean-Pierre van Staden as its new CFO with effect from 2 January 2020. 

Jean-Pierre takes over from Morné du Plessis, who has been appointed as Minergy’s CEO as of 1 August. 

According to the statement, a widespread candidate generation and selection process was undertaken to ensure that the most qualified and experienced person was appointed to the “vitally important” CFO role. 

Jean-Pierre is a qualified CA(SA) who has been an audit partner at PwC South Africa since 2004. He has extensive auditing experience, having worked with listed multinational companies operating across a variety of industries in Africa and internationally. He also has extensive experience working with and providing services to junior and major mining and construction companies, industrial products companies, and private equity investment entities.  

He is a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) accredited auditor and has extensive regulatory and stock exchange experience across several well-recognised mining stock exchanges, including the JSE, TSX, Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and the main board of the LSE. 

During his career, Jean-Pierre gained mining sector experience across a range of commodities and companies, significantly including junior and major coal miners like Wescoal, MC Mining, Minergy, BHP Billiton and Ingwe.

Additionally, his mining sector involvement ranges from being the audit or quality review partner, to providing various accounting and other services and advise to well-known company’s like Impala Platinum, Eastern Platinum, Ivanhoe Mines, Rand Refinery, Alphamin Resources, Mvelaphanda Resources, ARM Gold, the Tremont Group, Harmony Gold, Gold One, Palabora Mining Company, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Zimplats, Tronox and Foskor

Commenting on Jean-Pierre’s appointment, Du Plessis said: 

“Jean-Pierre’s vast mining sector experience, especially coal, as well as his significant listed company experience, was a major factor in his appointment.” 

Minergy’s chairman Mokwena Morulane also noted that: 

“Jean-Pierre has worked with several other companies in Botswana, including Bela-Bela Quarries, SASOL Botswana and Debswana, providing him with knowledge of the country which we believe will be important as Minergy works to be a leading coal producer in Botswana and southern Africa.” 

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