STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN SAKI MACOZOMA
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Justin Pitt, managing director of Safika Resources, has passed away. Justin had not been well since June 2023. We hoped he would recover and continue to lead the Safika Resources team in the management of our assets, but it was not to be. May his soul rest in peace.
Over a 22-year period, Justin played a pivotal role in building Safika Resources to its current level of success – benefiting local communities, shareholders, staff, contractors, and the broader South African economy.
Since the first consignment of ore went to market in 2012, Tshipi manganese mine in South Africa’s Kalahari basin has paid dividends of R9,2-billion. It is no exaggeration to say that without Justin’s diligence and commercial sense, Tshipi may never have been built. It is a testament to the esteem in which Justin was held that he was honoured by being granted a clan name, that of Dlamini. In South Africa, clans are groups of families with different surnames but sharing one clan name. That is a measure of how respected Justin had become.
His legacy will be the jobs he helped provide, the communities he helped benefit, the wealth provided to the South African economy and the team he led which will continue his work to ensure even greater achievements in the years to come.
I pass our condolences to Mrs. Mary Pitt, Justin’s children, Bianca and Nicholas, and his extended family. Please put the entire Pitt family in your prayers.–