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Sakumzi ‘Saki’ Macozoma

Non-executive Chairman

Mr Macozoma is one of the best-known business people in South Africa.
He is chairman of financial institution Liberty Holdings, Stanlib,
Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining and Ntsimbintle Mining.

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Moss Ngoasheng

Chief executive

Moss has an encyclopedic knowledge of South African industries and served
from 1995 to 2000 as economic advisor in the Presidency of South Africa.
He also served on the African National Congress’s (ANC)’s economic policy
unit for a number of years.

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Marc Ber

Chief financial officer

Marc is a chartered accountant (CA, [SA]) and a member of the
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) who has
worked with the Safika group since soon after its inception.

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Philip Maisel

Philip Maisel is a member of the management team.
His responsibilities include overseeing Group corporate finance transactions
and responsibility for some of Safika’s underlying investments.

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Themba Nyembezi

Themba is a member of the executive team. He is an MBA candidate and holds
a BSc Honours from the University of Westminster in London. He is a board member
of Capricorn FM, Safika Cement Holdings, Abeco Tanks and Chemimpo SA.

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Howard Phillips

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SAFIKA HEALTH

Howard is chief executive of the company’s health division in 2014.
Safika Health is focused on providing medical equipment and supplies
to the African continent.

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Justin Pitt

Managing director of Safika Resources

In addition to his responsibilities at Safika Resources, Justin is a member of
Safika’s executive team. He is a chartered accountant and has a wealth
of experience in accounting and valuation, mineral rights, BEE structuring
and industrial and mining corporate finance.

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Rudo Morongwe

Group financial manager

Rudo joined Unilever East Africa in 2003 as a trainee accountant; in 2005
she became a Unilever management accountant and in 2006 she became
internal audit manager. In late 2007 she joined Safika and became
Group financial manager in 2011. Rudo holds an honours degree in economics
from the University of Zimbabwe.

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James Mohlaba

Research Analyst

James is a member of Safika’s corporate finance team.
He has extensive experience in both debt and equity markets.
He holds an MCom (Fin) from the University of Cape Town.

Safika Holdings is a South African-based investment holding company with a broad range of interests that include financial services, mining, mining exploration, mine development, transport and logistics, manufacturing, human resources and leisure activities.

BEE Manganese Mine in the Northern Cape exports Two Million Tonnes, becomes world’s fifth biggest

Black Economic Empowerment’s Northern Cape manganese mine, Tshipi Borwa, has announced that it exported two million tonnes of manganese ore in 2014 and has become the fifth biggest manganese mine in the world.

“This is a very significant achievement, particularly because Tshipi has only been operating for two years,” said Brendan Robinson, Tshipi’s chief executive officer.  “Tshipi Borwa Mine is now one of the four largest manganese mines in South Africa and one of the five largest manganese mines in the world.”

Tshipi exported one million tonnes of semi carbonate medium grade manganese ore in its first year of production, and two million tonnes in its second year. “This aggressive production ramp up was achieved in spite of numerous challenges encountered developing the R2.2 billion mine, which included the construction of a state-of-the-art processing plant, railway carriage loading station and railway siding,” said Robinson.

“This unprecedented milestone has been achieved through the sheer determination and unwavering support of our staff, regulatory authorities, Transnet and our principal contractors, Aveng Moolmans, African Mining and Crushing and Fraser Alexander (Bulk Tech).

It is a testament to what can be achieved if we work towards the realisation of a common goal,” he added.

Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining is a joint venture between Ntsimbintle Mining, Jupiter Mines and OM Holdings. Robinson said that Tshipi’s strategic partnership with OM Holdings, a leading manganese ore and metal producer and marketer, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, has assisted Tshipi to penetrate the Chinese, Korean and European markets under very difficult global economic conditions. The John Taolo Gaetsewe Development Trust, a broad-based Northern Cape NGO is also a significant shareholder.

Saki Macozoma, chairman of the Tshipi board of directors, said, “This is good news on a number of levels. Tshipi Borwa Mine will continue to produce ore for at least the next sixty years. That means employment for the people of South Africa, royalties for the country and profits flowing to shareholders for at least the next six decades.”

Mr. Macozoma said, “This is a major milestone for Tshipi and represents a significant achievement for South Africa. It proves that Black Economic Empowerment has come of age.”

In November 2013, Macozoma announced that Ntsimbintle would conduct a feasibility study into another new manganese mine in the Northern Cape.  “That study is now underway and what we are seeing is very promising,” he said.  “If all goes well, we could have another new manganese mine constructed over the next few years.”

Justin Pitt, a director of Ntsimbintle, acknowledged the help Ntsimbintle received from the Department of Mineral Resources. “The Department can be congratulated for being successful in facilitating the admittance of a new broad based BEE manganese mining company into what was once a privileged and non-inclusive sector of the economy.”

The majority of the Tshipi product was railed to the ports of Port Elizabeth, Ngqura and Saldanha via the Transnet National Rail Network, with the remaining ore being transported via road/rail combinations.

Safika acquires significant stake in Australia’s UNICOM

Safika has acquired a significant interest in Australia’s Melbourne-based UNICOM (Pty) Limited (UNICOM). UNICOM is a leading provider of radio solutions including paging, interoperability systems, personal safety devices, asset tracking, mobile radio equipment, GSM products and GPS/AVL systems.

Safika’s chief financial officer, Marc Ber, said that Safika was impressed by the quality and reach of Unicom.  “We believe that we can help Unicom grow and prosper. The company has good quality management, fine products and a vision for the future that is in line with Safika’s investment philosophy,” he said.

Unicom customers include local, state and federal government departments, public safety agencies including fire, police and ambulance, universities, hospitals and aged care facilities, construction and mining companies and many other industries in Australia and internationally.

Chief executive of UNICOM, Rod Johnston, says of the acquisition “We are very excited to welcome Safika as our business partner. UNICOM is capable of providing unique wireless communications solutions for our customers globally.  Our range of products and our integration capabilities means our solutions improve the safety and welfare of people every day.  The support and global perspective of Safika Holdings provides the strategic resources to ensure long term business growth and the expansion of our capability.”

Rod recently joined UNICOM with substantial career experience in the telecommunications and public safety sectors in Australia. His achievements include the development and implementation of strategic public and private sector communications networks along with the management of critical organisational change.”

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