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Arne H Frandsen
Chairman
Arne H Frandsen

BA, LLB, Master in Law, Postgraduate Research and Studies

Chairman

Having studied Law in Europe, Africa and Asia, Arne Frandsen holds a Masters in Law. Arne has over ten years’ of investment banking experience with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, providing strategic advice and structuring mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance transactions for clients in 30 different countries, raising in excess of US$20 billion of capital.

Arne joined The Pallinghurst Group in 2006 and is a Managing Partner as well as the Chairman of Nouveau Monde Graphite and member of the Board of Directors of Nemaska Lithium – The Pallinghurst Group holds investments in all of these companies.

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Erich Clarke
Chief Executive Officer
Erich Clarke

BCom, CTA, CIA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Clarke is chartered accountant who joined the Sedibelo group in November 2014 as the CFO. He worked for the Imperial/Eqstra group for 18 years and has experience in general management, finance, audit and risk management.

In 2010 he was appointed CEO of the Contract Mining and Plant Rental division of Eqstra Holdings Limited. Prior to that, he was the CFO of the Eqstra group and instrumental in unbundling the group from Imperial Holdings Limited and listing Eqstra on the JSE.

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Lael Bethlehem
Non-executive Director
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Lael Bethlehem

Cert Economics and Public Finance, BA (Hons), MA (Industrial Sociology)

Non-executive Director

Ms Bethlehem is an Investment Executive at Hosken Consolidated Investment where she specialises in inner city housing development and renewable energy investments. She has been a board member of the Industrial Development Corporation since 2007 and has also chaired the IDC's Board Investment Committee and Board Risk Committee.

She previously served as Head of Real Estate Investment (South Africa) at Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. She is the former CEO of the Johannesburg Development Agency, and prior to this was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Johannesburg.

Ms Bethlehem was Chief Director of Forestry at the National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, which she joined after a period as an economic researcher in the trade union movement. She has published several books and numerous papers and media articles.

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Keith Liddell
Non-executive Director
Keith Liddell

BSc (Hons) Minerals Engineering, MSc Engineering

Non-executive Director

Mr Liddell has been a director of Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited since 29 March 2006. He has extensive experience in developing resource projects, having worked at Mintek in South Africa as group leader - precious metals from 1981 to 1988, with a focus on PGMs and refractory gold.

He received two silver medals for his contribution to the development of platinum concentrators. Mr Liddell is the former managing director of Aquarius Platinum Limited. He has authored a number of technical papers and holds a number of patents relating to platinum processing and ultra-fine milling.

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Kutlwano Motlhabane
Non-executive Director
Kutlwano Motlhabane

B Bus Sci (Hons), M Com (Development Finance), CDFA

Non-executive Director

Mr Motlhabane is an investment banking and corporate finance professional with over 15 years international experience in mergers and acquisitions, investment evaluations, post investment management and capital raisings.

He has previously worked for Merril Lynch, Royal Bafokeng Holdings and Bakgatla ba Kgafela Financial Services where he served as Chief Executive. He also served on various boards in the mining, industrial, financial services and property sectors where he chaired some of the boards and served on various board subcommittees.

Mr Motlhabane was awarded a Bachelor of Business Science degree and a Masters in Development Finance degree from the University of Cape Town. He is also a Chartered Development Finance Analyst.

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Kgosi Nyalala M.J. Pilane (Kgosi)
Non-executive Director
Kgosi Nyalala M.J. Pilane (Kgosi)

Non-executive Director

Kgosi M J Pilane is the leader of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela (BBK) tribe in South Africa. A former business man, he has successfully used his business acumen and experience to identify opportunities that benefit and resource the comprehensive development of the 350,000-strong BBK community.

Since his appointment as Kgosi of the BBK in April 1996, Kgosi Pilane has initiated negotiations on a number of key mining ventures. These include the Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited partnership, as well as negotiations with Anglo American Limited/plc to acquire a 15% shareholding for the BBK in Union Section, a subsidiary of Anglo Platinum Limited. He also negotiated a platinum mine for the BBK by acquiring a mining licence under a holding company called Itereleng Bakgatla Mineral Resources.

BBK also holds a 26% share in a consortium with Sibanye Gold through transaction agreements, and 74% in Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited from September 2015. Kgosi Pilane was appointed to the Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited board in March 2011.

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Raphael Vermeir
Non-executive Director
Raphael Vermeir

Master’s Degree, Ocean Eng and Management (MIT). Eng Degree, Mechanical and Electrical Eng, Summa Cum Laude (Ecole polytechnique de Bruxelles)

Non-executive Director

Mr Raphael Vermeir is an independent extractive industry consultant. His area of expertise is in operational excellence, the elimination of fatalities and safety maturity. He is the Chairman of the IP week 2021 and senior advisor to AngloAmerican ( audited 30+ mining sites ), Energy Intelligence, AML and Strategia Worldwide. He is board member of ENI SpA ( ENI.com ).

Until November 2015 he was VP Government Affairs International for ConocoPhillips. Mr Vermeir joined the company in 1979, working in marine transportation and production engineering services in Houston, Texas. He then handled upstream acquisitions in Europe and Africa and managed Conoco's exploration activities in continental Europe from Paris.

Mr Vermeir moved to London to lead the business development activities of refining and marketing in Europe and then transferred to Istanbul as managing director of Turcas. Back in London in 1999 he drove strategic initiatives in Russia and the Caspian and completed major A&D deals in the North Sea. After heading an integration team during the merger of ConocoPhillips, he took on positions in government and public affairs becoming head of external affairs Europe in late 2007. He was appointed as president, Nigeria in 2011 and to his VP role in Sept 2014.

He earned a mechanical and electrical engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Brussels and masters in Engineering and Management from MIT.

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Lumkile Mondi
Non-executive Director
Lumkile Mondi

BCom (Hons), MA (Economics), PhD (Economics)

Non-executive Director

Dr. Mondi has more than 30 years of experience as a Chief Economist, scholar and senior business executive. Whilst his main focus has been on economics, he also has more than two decades of experience as an executive and non-executive director of natural resources companies, as well as renewable energy and infrastructure companies. As an independent director, he has specific expertise of ESG and the implementation of best standard governance.

Dr Mondi is currently a lecturer at the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Senior Advisor to the Pallinghurst Partnership and a member of the Group’s Senior Advisory Panel. He is a director of Sedibelo Platinum Mines, a lead independent director of Gemfields Group Limited and the chairman of Thelo Rolling Stock Leasing, an IDC subsidiary. Dr Mondi is a trustee of the South African Housing Development Fund, FinMark Trust and the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services.

Dr Mondi was a member of the State-Owned Enterprises Presidential Review Committee. Previously, Dr Mondi served as a member of President Mbeki’s Economic Advisory Panel.

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