Sibanye-Stillwater mourns the passing of Shadwick Bessit, head of its SA gold operations
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Johannesburg, 19 January 2021: Sibanye-Stillwater regretfully advises that Shadwick Bessit, the Executive Vice President and head of the Group’s SA gold operations, passed away on Saturday, 16 January 2021, from COVID-19 related complications.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the tragic passing of Shadwick, who has been an example of a mindful leader. The Board and management have extended their sincere condolences to Shadwick’s family, friends and all his colleagues. “We mourn the loss of a dear colleague, a leader and highly valued member of the senior leadership team,” said Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater. “Shadwick was an invaluable member of our leadership team. He will be missed. May he rest in peace”.
Shadwick leaves behind his wife Rachelle, three children; Michelle, Shantelle, and Lesley-Ann and two beloved grandchildren. Consistent with our values and as per standard protocols, Sibanye-Stillwater is providing necessary support to the family during this difficult period.
William Osae (SVP: Technical Services, SA gold operations) has been appointed head in the interim in order to ensure operational continuity and the ongoing focus on safe production.
More about Shadwick:
Shadwick Bessit was appointed as the Executive Vice President: SA gold operations in February 2019. Prior to this role he served as Senior Vice President: Technical: platinum and gold, Senior Vice President: Kroondal and Rustenburg operations and Senior Vice President: underground operations – Kloof and Driefontein. Shadwick joined Sibanye-Stillwater on its establishment in February 2013, after joining Gold Fields Limited in July 2012. Prior to that between 2010 to 2012, Shadwick pursued personal business interests. He joined Impala Platinum Limited in November 2002 as General Manager and served as the Executive Director: Operations from 2005 to 2010. He was previously employed at AngloGold Ashanti from 1986 to 2002 where he moved through the ranks to General Manager level at the Deelkraal, Elandsrand and Savuka mines.Shadwick held National Higher Diploma (Metalliferous Mining), Technikon Witwatersrand, South African Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency.
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