Angloplat gets new boss

Robert Laing

Robert Laing

Anglo Platinum has appointed a new chief executive, former AngloGold Ashanti chief operating officer Neville Nicolau, who starts next month, nearly a year after Ralph Havenstein quit.

The world's largest platinum producer's two acting chief executives, Norman Mbazima and Duncan Wanblad, are to be redeployed within parent group Anglo American as the heads of Scaw Metals and the copper division respectively.

Nicolau has spent his career with Anglo American's Gold and Uranium Division and its successor AngloGold Ashanti.

Ten years ago, he was general manager of the world's deepest mine, Western Deep Levels.

He began his career at Vaal Reefs as a learner official in January 1979, working his way up to AngloGold Ashanti's head of Brazil and later South Africa, gaining an Oxford management qualification along the way.

His appointment as AngloPlat chief executive includes joining the executive committee of parent company Anglo American.

Cynthia Carroll, chief executive of Anglo American, said: "Neville brings considerable, hands-on deep level mining experience to our platinum business, gained over nearly 30 years in the mining industry."

"I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the company and its people to achieve the goal of optimal performance, with safety at its core," said Nicolau.

Havenstein is believed to have fallen out with Carroll over AngloPlat's poor safety record, which led to the closure of its Rustenburg operations last year.