Jeff Dong was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of VMR in February 2020. Jeff is also the executive director of VMR’s parent company, Heaven-Sent Gold Group in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in the mining investment and management, and he has been responsible for the mining investment of Heaven Sent Capital Group for the last 5 years. He’s previously held senior investment and management positions at China’s major gold company Zhaojin Gold, as well as China’s largest state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group. Jeff holds a Ba in Financial Management from University of International Business and Economics, Beijing.
Johan Jansen van Vuuren joined Heaven Sent Gold in February 2020, and was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of VMR in March 2020. Johan has more than 20 years of experience in South Africa’s mining industry. He started in Goldfields, and gained extensive front-line mining operational experiences through various positions in Anglogold Ashanti and De Beers. Johan then served as a director of Aveng’s mining division, where he managed a number of shaft sinking and contractor mining projects both in South Africa and across the world. After Aveng, Johan served as the General Manager of Redpath, a leading mining contractor. Prior to joining Heaven Sent Gold, Johan was a senior consultant to Ivanhoe Mines. Johan holds a Msc in Science from Greenwich University.
Phillip Spencer joined VMR in April 2018 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in August 2018. He has 15 years of mining and finance experience and has held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Gold One Group Limited and was appointed as a partner in KPMG. Phillip is responsible for all aspects of the Group’s financial and treasury functions, with a specific passion for cost management and business optimisation. Phillip holds a South Africa Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) designation with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
Xining Xin was appointed as Deputy CEO and Chief Technical Officer of VMR in February 2020. Prior to joining VMR, Xining served as a senior technical consultant to Heaven Sent Gold (Hong Kong) for 6 month. Xining has more than 35 years of experience in mining operation and project development, having spent most of his career in one of China’s largest mining company Jin Chuan Group. During his time in Jinchuan, Xining obtained extensive international experiences by leading Jinchuan’s overseas projects in Zambia, Australia, Finland, Mexico, and South Africa. He served as the Chief Engineer and Project Director for the Bakubung platinum mine project owned by Jinchuan Group. Xining Xin holds a Bsc in mining engineering from Xi’an Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Bonginkosi joined VMR in 2017 and currently serves as Senior Vice President for both underground operations, namely the Kopanang and Tau Lekoa gold mines. Before joining VMR, Bonginkosi served as a general manager and mine manager at Impala Platinum, where his responsibilities covered both underground and surface operations. Prior to this, he served at Evraz Highveld Steel’s Mapochs mine as Mine and Project Manager, in which role he oversaw compliance with new mining right requirements such as SLPs and LED programmes. He has also served as a senior mining engineer at Anglo Platinum. Bonginkosi holds a BSc in mining engineering, along with an MBL and MDP.
Raisaka joined Heaven Sent Gold in 2017, and was appointed as Senior Executive of Stakeholder Relations for VMR in February 2020. Raisaka has more than 23 years in the mining industry. He started to work for De Beers Consolidated Mines, and became a Director for its selling arm then known as the Central Selling Organisation (CSO) later to be known as the Diamond Trading Company (DTC). Whilst at De Beers, he served as a Director on the government appointed and approved South Diamond Board, serving as Chairman of the Licensing Committee, and he also served as Chairman of The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School. He left De Beers after more than a decade, and joined Omnia Holdings. At Omnia he became a Board Member and Executive Director of the Legal Department. He also worked as a Legal Consultant in the Mining Industry, and helped a number of Small Miners in their deal negotiations and contracts. Raisaka holds B.Juris and LLB from the University of Bophuthatswana. He also obtained an LLM from the London School of Economics (University Of London) in the UK.