Celeste Van Tonder
Chief Financial Officer
A chartered accountant with over 10 years of professional experience in mining finance and business development. Prior to joining Universal Coal, Celeste held the group business development and investor relations manager position at Coal of Africa (now MC Mining), an Australian coal exploration and development company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market. Celeste is responsible for all financial and commercial facets of the business and is an integral part of the management team responsible for returning shareholder value.
MSc (Mining Eng)
Chief Executive Officer
Tony Weber, co-founder of Universal Coal, is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ experience in mining spanning project assessment, finance, development and operations. Prior to joining Universal Coal, Tony was an executive director at Nkwe Platinum Limited, an Australian-listed platinum developer, as well as operations manager at Potgietersrus Platinum Mine and at the Gamsberg Project. Tony has also worked at New Clydesdale Colliery and Greenside Colliery for Gold Fields of South Africa and, for a brief period, at Prosper Hanniel Colliery in Germany. He has significant skills and experience in coordinating project feasibility studies and has hands-on operational experience in the coal extraction industry.
CBSc (Geology), MBA
Simon is a geologist with more than 20 years’ experience in coal exploration, resource modelling and mine geology and is a registered member of the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions. Prior to joining Universal Coal, he held several senior positions within Anglo Coal, Xstrata and BHP Billiton. Simon provides specialised geological support to Universal Coal and ensures that projects are executed in adherence to set geological standards, procedures and policies. He also provides critical input to feasibility studies and ensures that resources are mined optimally on all operating mines.
BSc (Mining Eng)
Chief Development Engineer
A Mining Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in coal mining, Kevin started his career in operations at the then Rand Mines Limited, where he reached the level of mine overseer. He later joined Anglo American Plc, where he moved into the mine planning and technical side of mining and project development. Kevin is involved in the study phases of Universal Coal’s projects and is responsible for the implementation of the Kangala mine project.
MSc (Environmental Science)
Director Corporate Affairs
An Environmental Scientist and registered member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). Minah has 17 years experience in mining and environmental management, 14 of these spent in coal mining. She started her career as a geohydrologist with the Department of Water Affairs and later moved to Exxaro Resources as Manager, Environmental and Sustainability Reporting. Prior to joining Universal Coal, she held a Project Manager position at BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (BECSA). Minah has global responsibility for the Group’s regulatory compliance and corporate affairs functions. She is responsible for driving the Company’s strategic intent of being a sustainable mid-tier coal mining company, through maintaining the Company’s social and environmental licenses to operate, ensures compliance with applicable statutory and non-statutory obligations, develops and executes strategies for corporate social investment, manages internal and external stakeholder management processes and coordinates the corporate human resources management function for the Group.