A strong multi-disciplinary board

The White Rivers board of directors is a multi-disciplinary team with comprehensive mining knowledge and a diverse set of skills in the technical, financial and corporate areas. It consists of five executive directors and one non-executive director.
The board’s main focus is to maintain a well-balanced distribution of responsibilities aimed at increasing the company value in an ever changing economic and political environment. It collaborates closely on statutory, corporate and project levels to ensure the company’s mission and vision are achieved.
With sound, internationally acceptable business practices and policies, the board embraces the culture and heritage of South Africa and its people.

Board governance

White Rivers is committed to the highest standards in corporate governance, professionalism and business integrity. The board of White Rivers adheres to the King III Compliance Register (the Code).


Neil Warburton

Executive Chairman 
Neil Warburton is a qualified mining engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the development and mining of gold and nickel projects in Australia. He has held executive and board positions with a number of large Australian mining and contracting companies. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Flinders Mines Ltd, and non-executive director of Independence Group Ltd and Australian Mines Ltd. All companies are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

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Neil’s previous positions include Chief Executive Officer, Barminco, one of Australia’s largest underground mining contractors operating in Australia and Africa; and Managing Director, Coolgardie Gold NL.

He holds an Associate Degree in Mining Engineering from WA School of Mines (WASM), is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Councillor of the WASM Alumni.


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Simangele Mngomezulu

Executive Director 
Simangele Mngomezulu holds Diplomas in Public Relations and Community Development as well as a Certificate in Executive Preparation Programmes. She worked with Anglo American Corporation of South Africa for 15 years.

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In addition, she was Chairperson of the Black Economic Empowerment Cleaning Association (BEECA), CEO of South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA), member of the advisory board for the Minister for Minerals and Energy and of the Mining Industry Tripartite HIV and Aids Committee.

She is currently Director of Insingizi Minerals and a trustee of Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC).


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Refilwe Monageng (M.Inst.D)

Executive Director
Refilwe Monageng is an entrepreneurial business man, who has over ten years’ experience in Government and stakeholder relations. He enhanced his expertise through completing Business Communication and Directors Induction Programmes. Refilwe has recently been elected as a member of the Institute of Directors, Southern Africa.

Refilwe has served on the Minerals and Petroleum Board of South Africa since February 2015. Through the Board, his responsibilities include advising the Minister of Mineral Resources on the following matters:

  • Sustainable development of the nation’s mineral resources
  • Transformation and down-scaling of the minerals and the mining industry
  • Dispute resolution
  • Promotion of human resources development in the minerals and mining industry
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He founded Time Bound Communications and Youth in Energy and Minerals (under the auspices of the Department of Mineral Resources {DMR}), where he held the positions of Managing Director and President, respectively.

He currently owns Refilwe Monageng Trading Enterprises, a junior energy exploration company with prospecting rights located in the Karoo uranium province.


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Stephen O’Shea

Executive Director 
Stephen O’Shea has relevant industry experience, exceeding eight years, especially in the gold sector. He has worked predominantly in South Africa, Africa and Australia. This considered activities such as project / exploration management, commodity security and risk assessment.

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He previously held the position of General Manager in the European retail sector, also having being involved with various aspects of risk management and assessment for a period exceeding 15 years.

Currently, Stephen is managing White Rivers’ sub-contractors and is also responsible for liaison with the Department of Mineral Resources.


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Theo Pieters

Executive Director 
Theo Pieters has relevant industry experience, exceeding 9 years, especially in the gold sector. He has worked predominantly in South Africa, Africa and Australia. This considered activities such as project / exploration management, commodity security and risk assessment.

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He previously held a high rank within the South African Police Service, where he served for over 19 years, having being involved with various aspects of risk management and security.

Theo’s responsibilities within White Rivers include financial management and company administration.


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Stephen Lowe

Non-Executive Director 
Stephen is a former Director of the Perth based specialist taxation firm MKT – Taxation Advisors and is currently Business Manager for the Mark Creasy Group. He is also a Non-executive Director of Coziron Resources Limited and former Chairman of Sirius Resources NL.

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His qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Taxation and a Master of Taxation from the University of New South Wales. He is also a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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