Our Team

Board of Directors

CEO

H Van Staden

Hannes joined Group T in 1997 as a Site Manager at Finsch Mine, 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 ensured the constant growth at Finsch. He was promoted to Director in 1999. He holds a National Diploma in Mining. His ability to foresee changes in the industry empowers the company to be on the forefront of technological changes.

CMO

T.A. Mokhele

Abie joined Group R in 1996 and was appointed as Contracts Manager over multiple sites for the company. For 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. 

COO

Hein Van Staden

Hein joined Group R 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. He holds a Certificate in Mining, he is respected industry wide for his ability to manage staff, work safe and constantly exceeding production targets has stood him in good stead as a leader in the SA mining sector.

SA COO

J Heyneke

Jan joined Group R in 1994 as a Site Manager at Finsch Mine, operated by De Beers.  Key reason for his appointment was to implement a turnaround strategy for the project, with his strong technical acumen at a relatively young age, being a key motivator. Soon Jan was appointed as Director of Group T in 1996 and his energy, technical know-how and straight-line management style was leveraged by the Group in full.

CFO

Johan Botha

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 financial data of Company’s operations and has also played a pivotal role in securing many of the credit lines required to expand the business.

India COO

Hanuman Rao

Hanuman Singh Rao joined Group R in 2022 as the COO of India Operations overseeing the project deployment of mining projects for the company. He is a Professional Mining Engineer with extensive accumen of working on diverse, high profile & complex projects in Mining backed with two decades of experience in the mining industry which include 6 years in operations and 15 years in handling projects in India and on international grounds. He has strong acuity in underground mining, geology and survey software.

Prior to joining Group T, Hannes worked at Hartebeestfontein Gold Mine on production and mine development.
For expansion, he started the first offshore project, Group R, outside the borders of South Africa in Mali, West Africa in January 2010. Several other projects followed thereafter in Zambia from 2010 till the end of 2020. Group R has started a new venture in India in 2021.
Experience –
1981 – 1997, 16 years deep level gold mine experience
1997 – 2010, 13 years experience as contractor in various mines & commodities.
2010 – to date, 11 years mining experience in Africa and abroad (India)
As current CEO of the company, his wealth of experience in the mining industry largely contributes to the successes and growth of the company. 

His accolades include being awarded the Businessman of the Year Award by the Westvaal Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Prior to Group R 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. 

In 2010 Hein joined Group R as 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 Hartbeesfontein Gold Mine and was responsible for production on the mine. During this time safety and production awards were regularly awarded to him. 

Jan has played a pivotal part in the Company’s expansion in Copper Industry, which is now close to 18 years of experience. His ability to match equipment and operators to the correct tasks and to turn around troubled projects is extraordinary. He holds a National Higher Diploma in MIning. 

Before Group R, 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. 

His keenness for proper financial and business structures has empowered the board to make proactive decisions on capital requirements and financial strategies.

Prior to 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 of a 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.

He completed his Independent Auditors Review Exams in 2021 through SAIPA and is now qualified as an Independent Auditor Reviewer. 

He holds a degree of engineering in Mining, a business management degree in general management and Mine Managers Certificate in Metal Mine. He also has a professional working license as a mining engineer, a blasting license for all mining operations, and is a registered member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia besides a prideful Life Time Member of the Mining Engineers Association India.

Hanuman brings a wealth of knowledge in mining methods or understanding the technicalities or expanding the business and streamlining the projects. He is performance driven, analytical thinker and project leader with a proven track record of delivering value to the business.

Highlights :

  • Started working in Zambia on prominent mining projects from 2007 till date.
  • Promoted as Project Head in 2007, then Project Manager in 2012 at Green FieldGold Mines.
  • Started working at Mopani Copper Mines from 2013 to 2021 as Project Manager. Joined as Director operations at Group R Mining in 2022.
  • With core strength in Deep Mining Projects Development, Delivered Mining Infrastructure and Metallurgical Projects (Concept to Commissioning) over the value of USD 3.0 Billion.