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  Board of Directors

 Clifford Elphick

Clifford joined Anglo American Corporation in 1986 and was seconded to E. Oppenheimer and Son as Harry Oppenheimer’s personal assistant in 1988. In 1990, he was appointed Managing Director of E. Oppenheimer and Son, a position he held until leaving in December 2004. During that time, Clifford was also a Director of Central Holdings, Anglo American and DB Investments. Following the privatisation of De Beers in 2000, Clifford served on the De Beers Executive Committee. Clifford formed Gem Diamonds in July 2005. Clifford is also the Non-executive Chairman of Zanaga Iron Ore Co. Limited.

 

 

 Johnny Velloza

Johnny is a Mining Engineering with broad mining experience in both open pit and underground operations across Southern and East Africa, Chile and Australia. Johnny has worked in a number of different commodities including Iron Ore, Copper, Gold and Diamonds. Johnny has held senior operational management roles in large mining companies, including De Beers, AngloGold Ashanti and BHP Billiton. Since starting his career twenty-five years ago Johnny has gained experience in exploration, feasibility studies, opening new mines and running mines. Most recently, Johnny held a General Manager role in the Pilbara region of Australia with BHP Billiton. Johnny is a passionate conservationist of the African environment and this is where he enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and two children. He was appointed to the Letšeng Diamonds Board in July 2016.
 

 

 Mazvivamba Manthethe D.T. Maharasoa

Mazvi holds a Masters degree in International and Commercial Law. She joined Letšeng Diamonds as the Resident Director in 2007 from the Central Bank of Lesotho, where she was the Acting-Secretary to the Board, and simultaneously served on the Board of Letšeng Diamonds as a Government appointed Non-executive Director. Prior to working as the Acting-Secretary to the Board, Mazvi was the Principal Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Natural Resources, where she was instrumental in the negotiations of mining leases and the drafting of the current Mines and Minerals Act (2005). Mazvi was appointed Letšeng Diamond’s Chief Executive Officer in November 2009.
 

 
 

 Glenn Turner

Glenn was called to the Johannesburg Bar in 1987 where he spent 14 years practising as an advocate specialising in general commercial and competition law, and took silk in 2002. Glenn was appointed De Beers’ first General Counsel in 2002 and was also a member of the Executive Committee. Glenn was responsible for a number of key initiatives during his tenure, including overseeing De Beers’ re-entry into the USA. Glenn joined Gem Diamonds in May 2006 and was appointed to the Board in April 2008.

 

 

 Ketso Ketso

Ketso, started practising as an Advocate with Makhera Elliots Chambers between 2004 to 2005 and also served the Government of Lesotho as the Assistant Master of the High court between 2005 and 2009. He is currently working as the Managing Director of the Taxco Consultants Company. He holds both his BA Law degree and LLB from the National University of Lesotho. Ketso was appointed to the Board by the Government of Lesotho in 2011.
 

 

 Michael Michael

Michael Michael has over 20 years’ experience in financial management. He joined RSM Betty & Dickson (Audit Firm) in Johannesburg South Africa in January 1993 as a trainee accountant and moved up the ranks to become audit partner at the firm in March 2000. In August 2006 to February 2007 Michael was seconded to Gem Diamonds Limited to assist with the financial aspects of the Main London Listing including the financial reporting, management accounting and tax relating to the Initial Public Offering. In March 2008 Michael joined Gem Diamonds on a full time basis as the Group Financial Manager. On 2 April 2013 he was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer and joined Gem Diamonds’ Board on 22 April 2013. He was also appointed to the Letšeng Board on 23 May 2013.

 
 

 Brandon de Bruin

Brandon de Bruin joined Gem Diamonds in August 2007 from Clifford Chance LLP, one of the world’s leading international law firms. Practicing in New York and London, he specialised in Corporate Finance, Debt and Equity Capital Markets. Brandon gained extensive commercial and legal experience in international corporate and finance transactions working for clients such as Citigroup, UBS, JPMorgan, ABN Amro, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. He also gained valuable experience in stock exchange listings in London, Luxembourg and New York and also in the UKLA (UK) and SEC (USA) rules and regulations. At Gem Diamonds, Brandon has been closely involved in numerous corporate and financial transactions and in the set-up of the Group’s Sales, Marketing and Beneficiation division. He is currently head of Sales and Marketing for the Gem Diamonds Group. He was appointed to Letšeng Diamonds Board of Directors in February 2014 Brandon has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Economics and Business Economics majors) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a qualified attorney in South Africa and solicitor in England and Wales.
 

 

 Mpho Malie

Mpho Malie graduated from the then University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (now the National University of Lesotho) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1970. He then completed a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science at the University Manitoba, Canada in 1976. His professional career, which spans more than 45 years, includes working as a teacher at St Stephen’s High School and Bereng High School between 1970 and 1971. He also worked as a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho from 1977 to 1984. He was Lesotho’s cabinet minister, serving in portfolios that included Information and Broadcasting and Trade and Industry and Foreign Affairs from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. He serves in a number of large corporations boards, including Lesotho Communications Authority. He is a shrewd businessman working in areas of computer services, farming, agricultural supplies, industrial services, mobile phone services, construction, etc. He was appointed to the Letšeng Board in 2015.
 

 

 Rethabile Godfrey Mosisili

Advocate Mosisili began his professional career as a Legal Advisor for Maseru City Council in 1997. He went into private practice in 1999. He was appointed First Secretary at Lesotho’s Embassy in Denmark in 2000. He was later transferred on promotion to Lesotho’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, as a Counsellor and then laterally transferred to Lesotho’s High Commission in South Africa. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation. In 2014, he was transferred in the same capacity to the Ministry of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs. In 2015, he assumed the position of Principal Secretary in the newly established Ministry of Water. From 2014 to date, Mr Mosisili heads Lesotho’s delegation to the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM). He was elected Chairman of ORASECOM from 2015 to 2016. He currently serves as Chairman of The African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO), a position he assumed in June 2016. He also serves as a trustee of Phahla Trust and as a Non-Executive Director of Lesotho State Oil Company (LESOC). He joined Letšeng’s Board as Non-Executive Director in August 2016. He previously served on the Board in 2011 and 2012.