Senior Management

Mitford Mundell

Chief Executive Officer (Africa) 

Mr Mundell has extensive experience in the mining sector and specialises in asset optimisation, strategic planning, stakeholder management, project building, and management in open pit and underground mining contexts.

He has worked for some of Africa’s largest mining companies including Harmony, De Beers Mining Corporation, Namakwa Diamonds and Anglo American. At Harmony, Africa’s largest gold miner, Mr Mundell gained extensive hands-on experience beginning as a miner and rising through to Shift Boss, Mine Captain, Mine Manager, General Manager and Business Coach. Amongst others, Mr Mundell was Mine Manager at the Kalgold Project, Harmony’s open-pit gold operation in South Africa. He was responsible for commissioning multiple mines and establishing one of Harmony’s mines as the lowest cost producer in the group.

Prior to joining Theta Gold, Mitford was CEO of Namakwa Diamonds, Mr Mundell led the commissioning and expansion of its Kao Diamond Mine. His team delivered a new plant and turned Namakwa from losses to profitability, increased plant throughput and extended the initial 3-year mine life to +20 years, boosted the company’s valuation.

 

Jacques Du Triou

Chief Operating Officer (Africa)

Mr Du Triou has over 28 years experience in the South African mining industry across all stages of a mine’s lifecycle. He specialises in project and financial evaluations, construction, mine expansion, risk assessments, due diligence, execution and commissioning to full nameplate capacity.

Jacques began his career with Harmony and progressed to General Manager (2009-2015). During this time, he led the Doornkop South Reed deepening project which had an estimated capital cost of ZAR1.2 billion (~US$700 million) from feasibility to peak production. He also worked extensively on Harmony’s Kalgold open-pit project.

Prior to joining Theta Gold, Jacques founded and led Qmotion Mining, where he developed and implemented business strategies that established the company as a successful contracting services provider. Qmotion has successfully delivered contracts for the Evander Gold Mine, Sibanye Stillwater, Anglo Platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Murray & Roberts Holdings.

 

Mr Chin Haw Lim

Group Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Chin Haw Lim is a chartered accountant who has worked with various ASX-listed companies as CFO/financial controller and company secretary. 
These include Finders Resources’ financing, development and operation of its Wetar copper project in Indonesia, and Straits Resources’ development and operation of its Girilambone Copper Mine in NSW and its Nifty Copper Mine in WA. 
Chin Haw also worked with Straits’ Sebuku coal mine in Indonesia and with Triako Resources’ Mineral Hill gold/copper mine in NSW.

 

Mr George Jenkins

SA Director – Sustainability 

George Jenkins is a qualified extraction metallurgist with 30 years of mining industry experience in South Africa and Australia. He has held various executive, operational management and business development roles with companies such as JCI, Vale Australia and Anglo American Coal in addition to several junior mining companies.

He has held key positions that have delivered the construction, commissioning and recommissioning of several plants including 2 coal plants, 4 gold plants and several smaller expansion projects.

George is now focused on the delivery of the company’s projects from concept to production.

 

Terrence Mokale

SA Director – Social Corporate Services

Terrence is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He holds B Juris and LLB degrees and specialises in Socio-Economic development and Municipal governance. 

Terrence has been working in the mining environment as a Social Facilitation Consultant and has to date assisted numerous mining companies to develop solid community relationships and to secure support and licenses for their mining operations. 

Recently Terrence’s clients include Glencor and Gold One, in both cases he successfully engaged community stakeholders and representatives to work constructively with the mining operators, creating a win-win platform for all parties involved. 

In his government career, he spent time in Local Governments including as Administrator of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality

 

Hanlie Grobler

SA Director – Financial Controller

Having worked in various corporate environments as Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer and was Executive Director and General Manager of various Boards and Executive Management Committees, Hanlie has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of strategic financial management, financial planning, control and analysis and mine planning and budgetary control.

Hanlie has been with the company since 2009 and commenced as a Financial Manager for Simmers and Jack Mines (previous owners of the TGME gold fields prior to 2010).

Hanlie holds a BCom Accounting Degree and a MBA from DeMontfort University in the UK, and holds a BA (SA) designation.

 

Natasha Thomas-Kasangana

SA Director – Legal / Commercial

Natasha Thomas-Kasangana was appointed as Executive Director: Corporate Services and Company Secretary of TGME in August 2019.

Natasha is an admitted attorney and notary public with nine years’ experience in the mining industry, particularly corporate and commercial drafting and advisory, regulatory compliance, governance, transformation and key stakeholder relations.

Natasha has significant start up experience, having served as the Tshipi Borwa Manganese Mine’s legal counsel and company secretary and later corporate services executive from 2012 to 2018. She was also part of the team that delivered the relisting of Jupiter Mines Limited.

Natasha holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and certificates in both Mining and Prospecting Law from Wits University and Human Resources Management from the University of Cape Town. She is a South African resident.

 

Chief Executive Officer (Africa) 

Mr Mundell has extensive experience in the mining sector and specialises in asset optimisation, strategic planning, stakeholder management, project building, and management in open pit and underground mining contexts.

He has worked for some of Africa’s largest mining companies including Harmony, De Beers Mining Corporation, Namakwa Diamonds and Anglo American. At Harmony, Africa’s largest gold miner, Mr Mundell gained extensive hands-on experience beginning as a miner and rising through to Shift Boss, Mine Captain, Mine Manager, General Manager and Business Coach. Amongst others, Mr Mundell was Mine Manager at the Kalgold Project, Harmony’s open-pit gold operation in South Africa. He was responsible for commissioning multiple mines and establishing one of Harmony’s mines as the lowest cost producer in the group.

Prior to joining Theta Gold, Mitford was CEO of Namakwa Diamonds, Mr Mundell led the commissioning and expansion of its Kao Diamond Mine. His team delivered a new plant and turned Namakwa from losses to profitability, increased plant throughput and extended the initial 3-year mine life to +20 years, boosted the company’s valuation.

Chief Operating Officer (Africa)

Mr Du Triou has over 28 years experience in the South African mining industry across all stages of a mine’s lifecycle. He specialises in project and financial evaluations, construction, mine expansion, risk assessments, due diligence, execution and commissioning to full nameplate capacity.

Jacques began his career with Harmony and progressed to General Manager (2009-2015). During this time, he led the Doornkop South Reed deepening project which had an estimated capital cost of ZAR1.2 billion (~US$700 million) from feasibility to peak production. He also worked extensively on Harmony’s Kalgold open-pit project.

Prior to joining Theta Gold, Jacques founded and led Qmotion Mining, where he developed and implemented business strategies that established the company as a successful contracting services provider. Qmotion has successfully delivered contracts for the Evander Gold Mine, Sibanye Stillwater, Anglo Platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Murray & Roberts Holdings.

SA Director – Social Corporate Services

Terrence is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He holds B Juris and LLB degrees and specialises in Socio-Economic development and Municipal governance. 

Terrence has been working in the mining environment as a Social Facilitation Consultant and has to date assisted numerous mining companies to develop solid community relationships and to secure support and licenses for their mining operations. 

Recently Terrence’s clients include Glencor and Gold One, in both cases he successfully engaged community stakeholders and representatives to work constructively with the mining operators, creating a win-win platform for all parties involved. 

In his government career, he spent time in Local Governments including as Administrator of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality

Group Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Chin Haw Lim is a chartered accountant who has worked with various ASX-listed companies as CFO/financial controller and company secretary. 
These include Finders Resources’ financing, development and operation of its Wetar copper project in Indonesia, and Straits Resources’ development and operation of its Girilambone Copper Mine in NSW and its Nifty Copper Mine in WA. 
Chin Haw also worked with Straits’ Sebuku coal mine in Indonesia and with Triako Resources’ Mineral Hill gold/copper mine in NSW.

SA Director – Sustainability 

George Jenkins is a qualified extraction metallurgist with 30 years of mining industry experience in South Africa and Australia. He has held various executive, operational management and business development roles with companies such as JCI, Vale Australia and Anglo American Coal in addition to several junior mining companies.

He has held key positions that have delivered the construction, commissioning and recommissioning of several plants including 2 coal plants, 4 gold plants and several smaller expansion projects.

George was CEO of Theta South Africa between October 2015 to September 2020, during which time he was instrumental in leading the completion of three scoping studies of the Rietfontein, Beta underground projects and the feasibility study of the Theta open-pits. George was instrumental in building a strong relationship with the local communities, stakeholders and related government bodies during his years in charge. 

SA Director – Financial Controller

Having worked in various corporate environments as Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer and was Executive Director and General Manager of various Boards and Executive Management Committees, Hanlie has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of strategic financial management, financial planning, control and analysis and mine planning and budgetary control.

Hanlie has been with the company since 2009 and commenced as a Financial Manager for Simmers and Jack Mines (previous owners of the TGME gold fields prior to 2010).

Hanlie holds a BCom Accounting Degree and a MBA from DeMontfort University in the UK, and holds a BA (SA) designation.

SA Director – Legal / Commercial

Natasha Thomas-Kasangana was appointed as Executive Director: Corporate Services and Company Secretary of TGME in August 2019.

Natasha is an admitted attorney and notary public with nine years’ experience in the mining industry, particularly corporate and commercial drafting and advisory, regulatory compliance, governance, transformation and key stakeholder relations.

Natasha has significant start up experience, having served as the Tshipi Borwa Manganese Mine’s legal counsel and company secretary and later corporate services executive from 2012 to 2018. She was also part of the team that delivered the relisting of Jupiter Mines Limited.

Natasha holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and certificates in both Mining and Prospecting Law from Wits University and Human Resources Management from the University of Cape Town. She is a South African resident.