Eastern Platinum Limited has promoted Hannelie Hanson to chief operating officer from general manager, South Africa Operations of the company.
Hanson has over 24 years of experience in mining as a technical specialist and a strategic leader. She heads up the operations and projects in South Africa and drives proper planning, accountability, optimisation & innovation, communication, and development of people while executing the expansion plans at Eastplats, including the restart of Zandfontein underground operations.
Hanson graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BSc (Hons) in Geology in 1998, and also holds an MEng degree in Mining Engineering from Wits and an MBA at the University of Cape Town. Her career in mining started at Lorraine Gold Mine in the Free State, and she was the custodian of Mine Technical Services departments at two mines. Prior to joining Eastplats in 2012, Ms. Hanson held the position of Senior Manager (Technical Services) for six years with Lonmin, having started there as a graduate geologist in 1999 and being promoted into projects and planning before heading up the Technical Services department.
Wanjin Yang, CEO and president of the company, stated, “Eastplats is pleased to promote Hannelie to COO as she continues to be a key contributor to the company’s South African operations including the continued work on the retreatment project, restart of Zandfontein underground operations, and the development of our eastern limb projects.”
In connection with her appointment and subject to regulatory approval, Hanson was granted an additional 80,000 stock options that vest in 90 days. Each option allows her to purchase one common share of Eastplats at an exercise price of CDN$0.23. The options were granted for a term of five years and expire on August 1, 2027.