Robert van Niekerk new Sibanye executive VP

Sibanye Gold has announced that Robert van Niekerk (pictured) has been appointed executive vice president: SA Region. Van Niekerk's appointment follows the acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company in May 2017, and a subsequent transition of the Sibanye Group organisational structure from a divisional commodity structure to a geographical regionalised structure.

Van Niekerk has been an integral part of the Sibanye executive team since he joined the company in February 2013. During his tenure, he has fulfilled various roles within the organisation, including, most recently divisional CEO: Platinum.

Neal Froneman, Sibanye CEO, said:

"With the significant increase in size and geographical spread of the company, this regionalised organisational structure will provide effective leadership, ensuring appropriate focus and skills allocation in well-defined geographical regions and corporate functions. This focus coupled with a strong executive presence in clearly understood social and cultural regions will position Sibanye for continued success. Robert's recognised leadership and mining experience, in particular in the complex South African mining environment, will ensure operational success."

Van Niekerk has been involved in the mining industry for over 30 years, operating within South Africa and internationally in senior management positions at Gold Fields and Anglo American Platinum. Prior to joining Sibanye, he was senior vice president and head of mining for the Gold Fields Group.