DIRECTORATE

Executive directors

Andries J van Heerden
CEO
B.Eng (Mech), MBA (University of Stellenbosch), Government Certificate of Competence

Andries has extensive experience in operational management, strategic positioning, marketing and finance. During 2001, he joined the Prima Klipbrekers group as a director and became managing director two years later. He left Prima in 2005 and formed a consortium which acquired the Lancaster group, of which he became chief executive. He was instrumental in 2006 in the formation and listing of Afrimat from the merger of Prima and Lancaster. Andries was a finalist in the 2008 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards
in the category 'Emerging Entrepreneur'. He also sits on the board of Infrasors Holdings Limited as a non-executive director.

Pieter GS de Wit
FD
B.Compt (Hons), CA (SA), ACIS, Post Grad Cert in Tax (Unisa), MBA (Cum Laude) (University of Stellenbosch)

Pieter was appointed as FD from 1 March 2016. Prior to his appointed as FD he was the Regional Director of the group’s Kwazulu-Natal and Free State operations where he was responsible for the strategic repositioning of these businesses since 1 October 2013. He also held various other leadership roles in Afrimat since joining the group in 2008, including Company Secretary and Chief Audit Executive. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002 and worked for 16 years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers prior to joining Afrimat.

Gert J Coffee
Head of Operational Efficiency
B.Sc B.Eng. Mechanical (Industrial)


A registered professional engineer, Gert has spent the past 35 years in the civil construction and materials supply industries in various executive management capacities. He joined Afrimat in January 2010.

Non-executive directors

Johannes HP Van der Merwe
CA (SA), Master in Income Tax (University of Pretoria), M Phil Finance (Cambridge University); Advanced Management Programme (Harvard Business School) Challenge of Leadership (Insead Business School)

Johan joined Investec Asset Management in 1997 as Head of Resources and became the Global Sector Head of Resources in 2000. He was also a director and Executive Committee member of Investec Asset Management.

In 2002 he was appointed as CEO of Sanlam Investment Management.In May 2003 he was appointed CEO of the Investment Cluster responsible for all the investment businesses in the Sanlam Group. In 2005 and 2007 he took, in addition to Sanlam Investments, responsibility for Sanlam Capital Markets and Sanlam Employee Benefits respectively.

He is now Co-CEO of African Rainbow Capital and a non-executive director on the Sanlam Investments, Sanlam Capital Markets and Sanlam Employee Benefits Boards.

Loyiso Dotwana
B.Sc Civil Engineering (University of Cape Town)

Loyiso has worked as a civil engineer in design and project management for more than 20 years. He specialised in design and contract administration of township services, rural and urban roads and national roads. He has been involved in the conceptual and detailed design of bulk services for the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. Loyiso founded Illiso Consulting (Pty) Limited, one of South Africa’s largest black owned consulting engineering companies, of which he is currently a director and the major shareholder.
Francois du Toit

Francois joined Prima Klipbrekers as managing director in 1967 and helped establish the Prima group 12 years later, where he remained as managing director until 2003 and then as Chairman until his retirement in 2009.

Independent non-executive directors

Marthinus (Matie) W von Wielligh
Chairman
B.Sc (Mech. Eng.) (University of Pretoria), MBA (University of
Stellenbosch), Stanford Executive Programme (Stanford University, USA)


Matie has almost 40 years’ professional experience in the mining industry. He has extensive engineering, operational and business experience and currently consults on business strategy, new business development, operational improvement, capital efficiency feasibility studies and project management. Previously, at Iscor Mining and Kumba Resources he served in various management and senior management positions before becoming managing director of Sishen Iron Ore Company. Matie holds other directorships and is a nonexecutive Chairman of Vega Asset Management (Pty) Limited.

Helmut N Pool
B.Com(Law) University of Stellenbosch 

Helmut is an independent entrepreneur since 1987.
His field of experience includes logistics, commercial property, mining and business management.
Chairman of the Board of Directors:

  • Pool Transport (Pty) Ltd (current); and
  • Cape Lime (Pty) Ltd (2014 – 2016); and also served on the Audit, Risk- and Remuneration committees.
Helmut is currently also a director in various other private companies involved in commercial development.
Hendrik (Hennie) JE van Wyk
B.Com, CA(SA)

Hennie qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975 with Brink Roos& Du Toit, where he became partner three years later. In 1987, he was appointed lead partner in the Cape Town office of Theron du Toit and in 1990 lead partner of Coopers & Lybrand at the time of the merger with Theron du Toit. In 1998, he became managing partner of PwC Inc. (Western Cape), a position that he held until his retirement.
Phuti RE Tsukudu
M.Ed (University of Bristol), Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education, B.A. (SW)

Phuti is an organisational development and management consultant and is currently managing director/senior consultant at Tsukudu Associates and a partner/senior consultant at CRG PPS. She has extensive experience in organisational development, human resources management and human resources development in the public and private sectors – over 25 years’ experience as an independent consultant and over 10 years as a community development practitioner working in the development and education arena. She continues to hold a number of board positions.

Jacobus Frederick (Derick) van der Merwe
CA (SA), BCompt (Hons)


Derick, a chartered accountant, has extensive experience in the property and real estate, construction, and manufacturing industries. He has worked at Imperial Cold Storage and as regional financial director in the Stocks & Stocks group. Derick was financial director and then managing director and CEO for the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, ("V&AW") in Cape Town. He is currently the CEO of People Spaces a development management and consultancy company. Derick is a medal holder of FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation), an associated member of the Chartered Institute of Building and past member of S.A. Institute of Realtors. He is a non-executive director for the PNA Stationers group and trustee of Two Oceans Aquarium and has served on various other boards of directors and trustees.