The Board of directors of the company is responsible for the corporate governance of the  company. The Board guides and monitors the business and affairs of the company on behalf of the shareholders by whom they are elected and to whom they are accountable. To ensure the Board is well equipped to discharge its responsibilities it has established guidelines for the nomination and selection of directors and for its own sustainable operations.

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Composition of the Board

The composition of the Board is determined in accordance with the following principles and guidelines:

  • the Board should comprise directors with an appropriate range of qualifications and expertise; and
  • the Board should meet at least quarterly and follow meeting guidelines set down to ensure all directors are made aware of, and have available all necessary information, to participate in an informed discussion of all agenda items.

The directors in office at the date of this statement are:

Name Position
John Hopkins Non Executive Chairman
Tony Weber Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Shammy Luvhengo Executive Director
Hendrik Bonsma Non Executive Director
David Twist Non Executive Director
Carlo Baravalle Non Executive Director
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita Non Executive Director
Andries Engelbrecht Non Executive Director

Board responsibilities

As it acts on behalf of the shareholders and is accountable to the shareholders, the Board seeks to accurately identify the expectations of the shareholders, as well as other regulatory and ethical expectations and obligations. In addition the Board is responsible for identifying areas of significant risk and ensuring arrangements are in place to adequately manage those risks.


Communication to shareholders

The Board aims to ensure that the shareholders, on behalf of whom they act, are informed of all information necessary to assess the performance of the directors. Information is communicated to the shareholders through:

  • the Annual Report which is distributed to all shareholders;
  • the Half-Yearly Report distributed to shareholders so requesting; and
  • the Annual General Meeting and other meetings so called to obtain shareholder approval for Board action as appropriate.

Directors’ share dealing

The company operates a share dealing code for directors on the basis set out in the Listing Rules.