Who We Are

Thungela means to “ignite” in isiZulu. We might be a new company, but our roots are deep. Our legacy and foundation in coal mining stretch back to 1945. We are building a future-oriented leading thermal coal business with an “owner” mindset focused on value creation for all stakeholders.

Our Leadership

Experienced and diverse board comprised of prominent professionals distinguished in both South Africa and international context. Our deep roots and a rich South African heritage are the backdrops at the start of our new journey. We will hold on to everything that has made us great and go forward together and build thriving communities.

There is strength in unity and our Thungela icon lives within the company name. The graphic lines that intersect, symbolise the connection between the resources below ground, and how people above ground use them to improve and uplift their lives.

Our Board Members

Sango S Ntsaluba

Sango S Ntsaluba

Chairperson

Benjamin M Kodisang

Benjamin M Kodisang

Independent Non-executive Director

Kholeka W Mzondeki

Kholeka W Mzondeki

Independent Non-executive Director

Thero M Setiloane

Thero M Setiloane

Independent Non-executive Director

Seamus French

Seamus French

Non-executive Director

July Ndlovu

July Ndlovu

Chief Executive Officer

Deon Smith (CA, SA)

Deon Smith (CA, SA)

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

Executive Management Committee

July Ndlovu

July Ndlovu

Chief Executive Officer

Deon Smith (CA, SA)

Deon Smith (CA, SA)

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

Johan Van Schalkwyk

Johan Van Schalkwyk

Chief Operations Officer

Carina Venter

Carina Venter

Executive Head of Safety, Health and Environmental

Lesego Mataboge

Lesego Mataboge

Executive Head of Human Resources

Leslie Martin

Leslie Martin

Executive Head of Technical

Mpumi Sithole

Mpumi Sithole

Executive Head of Corporate Affairs

Bernard Dalton

Bernard Dalton

Executive Head of Marketing

Our values and their associated behaviours guide us on our journey

Safety

Safety

We are unconditional about protecting the lives of all the people; at work and at home, in health and well-being.

Accountability

Accountability

We take responsibility for our decisions, actions and performance; to grow in success and learn in failure.

Excellence

Excellence

We are passionate about being the best at what we do; and always seek to raise the bar.

Care & Respect

Care & Respect

We show humanity to all; through our commitment to make a positive impact where we can.

Agility

Agility

We ensure we are well-informed to be responsive; in order to keep things simple and make quick decisions.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

We have an owners mindset in everything we do; because we know that every small change adds to greater impact.

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