SA’s most dynamic and bluntly outspoken mining CEO, Neal Froneman, has taken a small but considered step back from managing the world’s largest platinum company, Sibanye-Stillwater, as he plots a carefully considered retirement.

Froneman, who recently turned 60 and regularly flies his helicopter to and from his game farm north of Pretoria, has no immediate plans to retire. He says he has “four or five” years still to offer his expertise at Sibanye to continue growing the JSE-listed gold and platinum group metals (PGM) company to “twice its size”, possibly by adding more gold and minerals used to make batteries.

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