Salary and options aside, it’s a tough job being the CE of one of SA’s big mining groups. The amount of time they get to spend on mining operations is minimal compared to the time spent dealing with angry employees and communities, hostile government representatives, and nervous boards of directors and investors. Well-known mining executives like former Anglo American Coal CE John Wallington and former Impala Platinum CE David Brown have opted for the quieter pastures of junior mining. They have now been joined by former Harmony Gold Mining CE Graham Briggs, who has taken on the role of chairman of junior gold mine Birrell Mining International (BMI).

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