UMK - United Manganese of Kalahari

Corporate Profile

Board of Directors

Dr Naledi Moyo (Board Chairman)

Lazarus M. Mbethe
Lazarus M. Mbethe the Director of UMK, is also the Executive Chairman of Pitsa Ya Setshaba (Pty) Ltd, and has practical business experience spanning over three decades.

Mr Mbethe’s practical experience in the general mining environment has been accumulated over the last 20 years. Mr Mbethe has a deep understanding of the governmental challenges, processes and visions with regards to black economic empowerment; he also has extensive knowledge of the workings of the Department of Minerals and Energy, and has over the years developed close working relations with the structures of the department.

Advocate Lentswe Mokgatle

Andries Pienaar

Marco Musetti
Marco Musetti has been a Senior Officer at Renova Management AG, an investment management company based in Zurich, Switzerland since 2007. He currently serves as Chief Investment Officer.

Mr Musetti has been serving as member of the Board of Directors of Sulzer AG since 2011, on the Board of S&B since 2013 and on the Board of CIFC since 2014.
He was COO and deputy CEO of Aluminium Silicon marketing (Sual Group), (2000 to 2007), Head of Metals and Structured Finance Desk for Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (1998 to 2000), and Deputy Head of Metals Desk for Banque Bruxelles Lambert (1992 to 1998).

Binding interests
- Member of the Board of Directors, Schmolz + Bickenbach AG
- Member of the Board of Directors, CIFC Corp.
- Member of the Board of Directors, Sulzer AG

Educational background
- Master of Science in Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
- Major degree in Economics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Konstantin V. Sadovnik
Konstantin V. Sadovnik* is the COO of Africa Operations for the Renova Group of Companies and Managing Director of Transalloys’ Ferro Alloys Plant in South Africa.

Mr Sadovnik has 16 years’ experience in Business Development and Management. Mr Sadovnik holds a BA Degree in International Economics from MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) and an MBA from Insead.

Alternate Directors

Molebogeng Mbethe

Anel van Niekerk

Anna Kolonchina

Dimitri Gordine

Executive Management Team

Victor Radko is the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Anel van Niekerk Acting CFO

Muthanyi Robinson Ramaite
Muthanyi Robinson Ramaite is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Through his directorships and interests in different areas of business, Robinson has been involved in a number of investment initiatives in the Property, Mining, Aviation and ICT sectors.

This includes exploring a number of opportunities with government and listed property companies. Robinson has also made valuable contributions in various transformation and empowerment initiatives.

Robinson holds a B. Juris from the University of the North and a Masters degree in Public and Development Management from the University of Witwatersrand. He also completed the Young Manager’s Programme at Insead University.

Danie Lourens
Danie Lourens is the Commercial Manager responsible for the overall purchasing and contract management of the company.

Danie started his mining career in 1984 when he joined Rand Mines as a management accountant in the coal division and served as Financial Manager in the Chrome, Gold and Coal Divisions. With the formation of Ingwe Coal Corporation in 1994, Danie was transferred to the head office where he held various positions including Area Financial Manager and Group Financial Manager. Danie was appointed General Manager of the Shared Services for the Coal division in 1999, pioneering the shared services concept in the South African mining industry. He was responsible for the procurement, information technology (including SAP implementation), payroll, accounts payable and inventory functions. In 2003 Danie became Commercial Manager for BECSA, and was extensively involved with the Eskom business and later also held a position as Marketing Manager (domestic coal sales and Eskom business). Danie joined UMK in July 2009.

Danie holds B. Compt (Hons) and MBL degrees from the University of South Africa and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Free State University. Danie belongs to various professional bodies including SAIPA, SAICA and the Financial Planning Institute.

Board Sub Committees and Secretariat

Company Secretariat
Irma Warriner

Audit and Risk Committee Members
Anel van Niekerk
Anton Marx
Konstantin Sadovnik
Nonkanyiso Makaula

Operations and Health and Safety Committee Members
Dimitri Gordine
Ephraim Sibanda
Deon Martinaglia
Paul Masia
Konstantin Sadovnik*

Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
Konstantin Sadovnik*
Andries Pienaar
Nolwazi Qata
Priscilla Tsitsi

Purchasing and Contracts Committee Members
Konstantin Sadovnik
Lazarus Mbethe
Hamlet Morule
Ori Phayane

Social and Investment Committee Members
Anel van Niekerk
George Mokgoro
Konstantin Sadovnik
Ron Langford

*Russian citizens