Chief Financial Officer

Celeste Van Tonder CA (SA)

A Chartered accountant with over 10 years of professional experience in mining finance and business development. Prior to joining Universal Coal, she held the Group Business development and Investor Relations manager position at Coal of Africa, an Australian coal exploration and development company listed on the ASX, JSE and AIM. Celeste is responsible for all financial and commercial facets of the business, and is an integral part of the management team responsible for returning shareholder value.


Chief Geologist

Simon MokitimiSimon Mokitimi CBSc (Hons) Geology, MBA

Geologist with more than 20 years’ experience in coal exploration, resource modelling and mine geology and registered member of the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions. He started his career with Anglo Coal before moving to Xstrata Coal. Prior to joining Universal Coal, he held several senior positions within BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (BECSA) in mine planning and project development. Simon provides specialised geological support to Universal Coal and ensures that projects are executed in adherence to set geological standards, procedures and policies. He also provides critical input to feasibility studies and ensure that resources are mined optimally on all operating mines.


Chief Development Engineer

donaldson-kKevin Donaldson BSc Mining Eng

A Mining Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in coal mining. Kevin Donaldson started his career in operations at the then Rand Mines Limited (Rand mines), where he reached the level of mine overseer. He later joined Anglo American plc, where he moved into the mine planning and technical side of mining and project development. Kevin will be involved in the study phases of Universal Coal’s projects, and will be responsible for the implementation of the group’s project.


Director Corporate Affairs

minahMinah Moabi MSc Environmental Science

Environmental Scientist and registered member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific professions (SACNASP). Minah Moabi has over 11 years’ environmental management experience in coal mining. She started her career with the Department of Water Affairs, and later joined Exxaro Resources in environmental management and sustainable development. Prior to joining Universal Coal, Minah held a Project Manager position at BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa. She is responsible for the group’s environmental and social statutory and regulatory obligations, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.