THIS IS WHO WE ARE
Investment Advisory Panel
Danie du Plessis
Chief Executive Officer
Jason de Beer
Mxolisi Mgojo is Exxaro’s Chief Executive Officer and has been in the position since 2016. He has been in the mining industry since 2001. Prior to that, his career includes 10 years as a software engineer and eight years in the finance industry. Other previous experience also includes Marketing and Logistics, heading up the department at Eyesizwe Coal, of which he was a founding member until it merged with Kumba to form Exxaro.
Dr Tsengwa has more than 18 years of executive management and board experience in the public and private sector. After joining Kumba resources as General Manager of Safety, Health, and Environment in 2003, her meteoric rise saw her fulfill subsequent roles such as General Manager of Captive Mines, Acting Executive Head of Coal Operations, Executive Head of Coal Operations, and Managing Director Minerals. Nombasa is a current CEO designate, and won the 2017 Standard Bank Businesswoman of the year award, as well as the 2018 Pan African Awards’ most Influential woman in Business and Government for the Mining Industry Category.
Riaan Koppeschaar is the Finance Director at Exxaro Resources overseeing the full finance function including corporate finance, treasury, accounting, tax, risk management and procurement, He has over 15 years’ experience in large corporate senior financial and management roles, and spearheaded several multi-billion Rand international acquisitions and debt raisings. Riaan has well-developed bank and investor relationship management skills and strong value-adding shareholder investment management expertise.
Roland Tatnall is the Managing Director of Exxaro Energy and has worked in the Energy sector since 1998. He has invested in, built, structured, and advised power companies, teams and projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Roland previously worked in the oil exploration industry, mainly in emerging and frontier markets, and he was an original investment team member of the first private equity fund to focus on sub-Saharan African power and infrastructure. He also served as a senior executive at one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth power and infrastructure funds, and raised and invested in a proprietary power fund.
DANIE DU PLESSIS
Danie was appointed CEO of Cennergi (Pty) Ltd in 2016 after joining the company in 2012. He is a Metallurgical Engineer with more than 23 years’ experience in Operations. Danie has held various technical and management positions in the Iron and Steel, Heavy Minerals, Petrochemical, and Energy sectors. He currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Cennergi and its two project companies, the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm and Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm.
Trishal Dayal is the Head of Finance for Cennergi. He joined the company in 2013 and oversees the full finance function including accounting, tax, treasury, project finance, supply chain, governance, risk, and compliance. He is qualified CA(SA) with over 15 years’ experience in finance that spans across Minerals & Energy, Financial Services and FMCG. Trishal served as trustee on the Amakhala Emoyeni Bedford Wind Farm Community Trust and the Amakhala Emoyeni Cookhouse Wind Farm Community Trust.
Takalani joined Cennergi in 2013 and has 10 years of diverse experience in the renewable energy industry. He and his team are responsible for providing comprehensive environmental management and human resources services. His responsibilities also include implementation of socio-economic development, enterprise development, and supplier development programmes. He serves as the Chairman of the Amakhala Emoyeni Bedford Wind Farm Community Trust, and the Amakhala Emoyeni Cookhouse Wind Farm Community Trust. He also serves as the donor representative on the Board of Trustees of the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm Trust and Amakhala Emoyeni Community Wind Farm Trust.
JASON DE BEER
A mechanical engineer by trade, Jason has 13 years experience in the energy field in Southern Africa, including gas generation, co-generation, solar PV and wind. Jason joined Cennergi in 2012 and was part of the project development team for the 95MW Tsitsikamma Community Wind farm, supporting the development of the project from concept to commercial operation in 2016. Jason has been part of the Cennergi operations team since COD, except for a short stint supporting Exxaro with the execution of a number of solar PV demonstration projects. Jason currently heads the operations team managing Cennergi’s Tsitsikamma and Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farms, as well some of Exxaro’s PV assets.
As a proudly South African company, Cennergi is committed to transformation. All Cennergi subsidiaries are B-BBEE Level 2 certified, as included in Exxaro Resources Ltd’s certification.