Sibanye-Stillwater’s Shadwick Bessit has passed away

Sibanye-Stillwater executive VP Shadwick Bessit has passed away due to Covid-19 complications.

Sibanye-Stillwater has announced the passing of its executive vice president Shadwick Bessit due to Covid-19 complications.

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said that Shadwick had been an example of a mindful leader, and the board and management had extended their sincere condolences to his family, friends and all his colleagues: “We mourn the loss of a dear colleague, a leader and highly valued member of the senior leadership team. Shadwick was an invaluable member of our leadership team. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.”

Shadwick joined the company when it was established in February 2013 and had been the executive vice president and head of South African operations since February 2019. He also served as Impala Platinum’s executive director of operations and was previously employed at AngloGold Ashanti as general manager at the Deelkraal, Elandsrand and Savuka mines. Shadwick was a member of Minerals Council South Africa board and the chief executive of the Zero Harm Forum.

The council said that having spent three decades working in the mining industry, Shadwick was deeply committed to the South African mining industry and showed great concern and empathy for those working within the industry and living in the surrounding communities.

“He was a dedicated and compassionate leader and played a material role in the Minerals Council and in the mining industry. It is a tragedy that his life was cut short,” said the council.

William Osae has been appointed as interim head of the group’s South African gold operations in order to ensure operational continuity and the ongoing focus on safe production.