Board of Directors


The Group R founding members, who have a wealth of corporate experience, manage the company.

Mr. Hannes van Staden

National Diploma Mining

Chief Executive Officer

Hannes joined Group T in 1997 as a Site Manager at Finsch Mine, then operated by De Beers. His ability to make production targets in a safe working environment was not only a key factor to his appointment but also insured the constant growth of the contract at Finsch, Group T is currently one of the oldest and larger contractors on the mine.

Hannes was promoted to Director in 1999 and immediately took it upon himself to implement a strong culture of quality and safe work whilst achieving target. One of his key attributes is his ability to accurately foresee changes in the industry empowering the company to be on the forefront of technological changes.

Prior to joining Group T Hannes worked at Hartbeesfontein Gold Mine and was responsible for production and mine development. During this time Hannes also completed his Higher Diploma in Mining and was regularly acclaimed for his ability to manage the productivity of his sections on the mine.

Johan Botha (Johan)

B.Comm (SA)

Chief Financial Officer

Johan joined Group R in August 2012 as the company’s financial officer. His ability to build strong relationships with Bankers and his keen eye for administrative issues was quickly valued by the board when he was appointed as Director in 2014.

Since joining the Company Johan has been able to provide accurate and up to date financial data of the operations of the Company and has also played a pivotal role in securing many of the credit lines required to expand the business. His ability and drive for proper financial and business structures has also empowered the board to make pro-active decisions on capital requirements and financial strategies.

Prior to joining Group R Johan ran his own private practice and currently still holds multiple directorships. His passion for business was proven at a young age when he was promoted as partner and director to large accounting firm in his twenties. Johan holds a B.Comm degree and is a member of the Institute of Accounting and Commerce of South Africa.

T.A. Mokhele (Abie)

National Higher Diploma in Mining (SA)

Chief Marketing Officer

Abie joined Group T in 1996 and was appointed as Contracts Manager over multiple sites for the company. Due to his experience and strong track record in underground mine development he played a pivotal role in the further development of the company.

In 1997 he was appointed as a Director and had the opportunity to focus on the key role of developing the business into a specialist role player in the South African mining sector. His accolades include being awarded the Businessman of the Year Award by the Westvaal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Prior to Group T Abie worked for De Beers in both Botswana and South Africa for 8 years during which time he completed his National Higher Diploma in Mining whilst garnering the respect of everyone he worked with.

Jan Heyneke

National Higher Diploma in Mining

Chief Operations Officer – South Africa

Jan joined Group T in 1994 as a Site Manager at Finsch Mine, which was operated by De Beers.  A key reason for his appointed was to implement a turnaround strategy for the project, with his strong technical acumen at a relatively young age, being a key motivator. It was not long after that the Jan was appointed as Director of Group T in 1996 and his energy, technical knowhow and straight-line management style could be leveraged by the Group in full.

Since then Jan has played a pivotal part in the Company’s expansion into the Copper Industry, in which it now has close to 18 years of experience. His ability to match correct equipment and operators to the correct tasks and his ability to turn around troubled projects is only matched by his ability to motivate people.

Before joining Group T, Jan worked for De Beers for 12 years where he was the youngest Mine Overseer to be appointed on production results. He also quickly cemented a reputation for innovation in a myriad of underground construction projects.

Hein van Staden

Certificate in Mining

Chief Operations Officer – Africa

Hein joined Group T in August 2001 as Site Manager at Phalaborwa Mining Company Ltd,  Hein’s experience in deep level gold mining was one of the key drivers to his appointment into this position. Respected industry wide for his ability to manage staff, work safe and constantly exceeding production targets has stood Hein in good stead as a leader in the SA mining sector.

In 2010 Hein joined Group R as its Operations Director and was responsible for the turnkey underground mining contract in Mali for Randgold Resources. One of Hein’s biggest achievements is in achieving 5 years LTI free on his projects.

Before joining Group T, Hein worked at at Hartbeesfontein Gold Mine and was responsible for production on the mine. During this time safety and production awards were regularly awarded to him.

John-Ernest Fogwell (John)

B.Comm M.A D.B.A (UK)

Chief Legal Officer

John started his business career at the very young age of 16, working for a local law practice in his home town. Studying part time his financial career commenced as a trust-&-estate advisor for one of South Africa’s leading insurance companies. During his career he acted as Chairman of the Chamber of Small to Medium Business and the President of the Web Development Association of South Africa as well as acting as a senior advisor to Citi Capital Ltd and Blue Investments Holdings and as Director of VenCap Investments.

In 2005 his passion for Africa was ignited and he has since assisted many large corporate companies as well as smaller entrepreneurs set up business activities across the African continent. John has advised companies on projects, tender and new business ventures in over 14 African Countries and he is now regarded as the expert in African business.

John is member of the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa, a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa and a member of the Council for Debt Collectors.