Our Employment Policy aims to ensure that the demographic profile of each region we work in reflects the people that are employed by Kropz and our major subcontractors, promoting recruitment from communities as close as possible to the area where they work so that families stay together. We strive to attain gender balance and promote workforce stability and the retention of staff through exemplary working conditions as well as personal and skills development.


Ian Harebottle

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Harebottle is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long-term strategy with a view to creating shareholder value. He is also ultimately responsible for all day-to-day management decisions and for implementing the Company’s long and short-term plans. Ian is the direct liaison between the Board and management of the Company and communicates on behalf of the Company to shareholders, employees, government authorities, other stakeholders and the public as a whole. Ian joined Kropz in 2018.

Ian is recognised for his skills in facilitating and participating in high-level operational initiatives, including: infrastructure design, process re-engineering, turnaround management, and re-organisation. He has a strong transactional background in start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and stock exchange listings.

For the past 16 years Ian has been actively involved in the mining sector, and his tenure as CEO, of TanzaniteOne and more recently of AIM-listed gemstone miner Gemfields plc, has delivered a consistent record of creating shareholder value via strong operational results in growth, revenue generation, operational performance and profitability.

Mark Summers

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Summers is responsible for the finance function, administration, structuring of projects, accounting, taxation and corporate finance. Mark joined Kropz in 2015.

Mark has over 20 years of finance experience as a Chartered Accountant in the mining and resources industry, predominantly in Africa. His extensive experience as a senior mining executive spans various financial positions at a number of companies including Anglo American plc and HSBC plc. Most recently he held the position of CFO of Gemfields plc. Prior positions included CFO of Amari Resources Ltd, MDM Engineering Group Ltd and TanzaniteOne Ltd.

Mark holds an Honours Degree in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg.


Michelle Lawrence

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Lawrence is responsible for the technical and operational functions at Kropz including the design and development of mineral processing and related infrastructure.

Michelle joined Kropz in January 2014. Michelle has been instrumental in ensuring that socially and environmentally responsible decisions have been taken throughout the design process, and she is driven by her desire to ensure that Kropz becomes a world-class model of responsible and sustainable operations. Michelle has 16 years of experience in mining and minerals processing. Prior to joining Kropz, Michelle held various roles in the mining industry including operations manager at Impala Platinum Ltd; design engineer at DRA International Ltd and Ausenco Ltd and Minerals Analyst at Qinisele Resources (Pty) Ltd.

Michelle holds an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Philip le Roux

Principle Geologist

Philip le Roux is the Principal Geologist at Kropz, responsible for the exploration and early development of mineral resources.

Philip joined Kropz in 2008 and has been integral in the advancement of the Elandsfontein project from early assessment, through to the legal and environmental permitting process, to project execution. Philip has over 25 years’ experience in exploration and mining geology, with extensive time spent across the African continent.

Prior to joining Kropz, Philip worked as the mine geologist for Gencor Limited, mining analyst for the Industrial Development Corporation, and as an independent consultant for a number of junior and mid-tier mining companies across a range of minerals such as phosphate, manganese, diamonds, gold and base metals.

Mark Maynard

General Manager

Mark Maynard is the General Manager at Elandsfontein. He is responsible for overseeing the engineering and operational functions of the Projects.

Mark joined Kropz in early 2016 and has overseen the implementation of the Project’s operating systems and processes. He has provided leadership during various stakeholder engagements and has helped to ensure that more than 60% of the permanent labour force recruited at Elandsfontein consists of local personnel.

Mark has 22 years of mining experience in the safe establishment and management of mine infrastructure and diverse teams. Mark received a B.Sc Mechanical Engineering Degree from Wits University and has completed management and executive development programmes through the University of South Africa and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He also holds an Engineers Government Certificate of Competency for Mines.

Morake Dawid Hlahane

Plant Manager

Morake Dawid Hlahane is responsible for the metallurgical and production performance related optimisation.

Dawid has both technical and production experience in the mineral processing sector. He began his career at Mintek and thereafter held different roles in the mining industry, amongst others, Production Manager at Lonmin plc; Process Engineer at Thyssenkrupp Engineering (Pty) Ltd; and Operations Manager at Impala Platinum Ltd.

Dawid holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and an MBA from the Tshwane University of Technology.