Chief Executive Officer
Ezekiel Lotlhare holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering. He excelled as a student of engineering, winning a silver medal from the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAICHE) and an award from the Chemical Engineering Department at Wits Technikon for his performance as the best diploma student in chemical engineering in 1996. In 2009, Mr Lotlhare completed a Master of Business Leadership through the University of South Africa. Ezekiel began his career in 1999, working as process metallurgist for Hotazel Manganese Mines. Since then he has filled a variety of positions – being production manager of Lonmin Platinum (the world’s third largest producer of platinum), plant manager at Hotazel Manganese Mines, Operations Manager for Tau Mining Consultants, Operations Manager for Tshipi Borwa Mine to his most recent position of General Manager at Tshipi Borwa Mine.
Chief Corporate Services Officer
Natasha Chengapar is an admitted attorney and notary public. She obtained a bachelor of laws degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2007. She commenced her articles of clerkship career at Webber Wentzel Attorneys, one of the five largest law firms in South Africa, immediately thereafter. She spent the bulk of her time in practice in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. She obtained a certificate in Mining and Prospecting Law from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010. The same year she joined Evraz Highveld Steel, the vertically-integrated steel, mining and vanadium business as Internal Legal Counsel (Mineral Regulation). During this period, she was integral in the conclusion and implementation of the Sale of Business transaction in respect of Highveld’s black economic empowerment subsidiary and mining right holder, Mapochs Mine. She was also the legally appointed Company Secretary of Mapochs Mine Proprietary Limited. Natasha joined Tshipi in June 2012 as Legal Counsel and Company Secretary and established a full service legal, regulatory and governance practice in this role. She obtained a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Cape Town in 2014. In May 2014 Natasha was promoted to her current executive role of Chief Corporate Services Officer, where she is responsible for legal, human resources, community development and key stakeholder engagement.
Chief Financial Officer
Carel Malan read for the BCom and BCom Honours degrees at the University of Pretoria before joining Ernst & Young in 2008. He is an Admitted Charted Accountant and holds the distinction of finishing among the top 10 for the 2009 class who took the final year of the Charted Accountant’s Board examination in 2009. At Ernst & Young he received his first exposure to the mining industry. After three years with the firm in Gauteng he requested a transfer to Bermuda where he spent one year before joining Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, in January 2012. Carel was appointed as CFO of Tshipi in December 2014. In October 2015 Carel resigned from Tshipi é Ntle to pursue other interests. However, his interest in mining and an in-depth knowledge and experience of Tshipi é Ntle’s business model brought him back to the company, in October 2016, when he was reappointed as CFO.