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Jubilee Metals Unveils New Boards, Targets Growth in Africa

Strategic Shifts Boost Jubilee's South African and Zambian Ventures

by Adenike Adeodun

Jubilee Metals, a prominent metals processor, has initiated a strategic restructuring by forming separate subsidiary boards for its operations in South Africa and Zambia. This move is designed to mirror the distinct levels of business maturity and operational focus in these two regions, signaling a pivotal moment in Jubilee’s growth trajectory.

Leon Coetzer, Jubilee’s CEO, heralded this development as a testament to the company’s progress, positioning its South African operations as a leading processor while accelerating copper production in Zambia through the advancement of its copper projects. The establishment of these boards aims to streamline decision-making and foster a closer alignment with the operational, financial, and strategic goals specific to each geographical area.

In South Africa, where Jubilee’s operations have attained a significant level of maturity, the company boasts stable and sustainable business activities with a clear strategy for organic growth and direct ownership of resources. The managerial frameworks across various domains, including operations, finance, legal, and human resources, have been solidified to support this growth trajectory. The company has set new industry benchmarks, demonstrating its capability for self-financed expansion and delivering shareholder returns. Jubilee has announced the appointment of Dr Mathews Phosa as the chairperson of the holding company overseeing its South African operations, with COO Bertus van der Merwe taking on the role of Managing Director. Further appointments include Neal Reynolds as an executive director, underscoring the depth of leadership steering Jubilee’s ambitious plans in the region.

Concurrently, Jubilee is laying the groundwork for a dedicated board to oversee its burgeoning Zambian operations through a selected subsidiary, demonstrating a focused commitment to its copper production endeavors. This includes strategic appointments such as Coetzer as chairperson and Ricus Grimbeek as Managing Director, alongside notable local partnership representation by Muna Hantuba. The Zambian initiative is set to enhance Jubilee’s copper business, establishing significant operational footprints with the Sable Refinery and the Roan Concentrator, and expanding its copper resource base. This strategic direction is bolstered by partnerships aimed at increasing copper output and tapping into the value of historical processed tailings.

The restructured governance model, featuring distinct boards for South African and Zambian operations, reflects Jubilee’s maturity and its agile approach to capitalizing on opportunities and navigating market dynamics. This approach is underpinned by the unwavering support of the Jubilee Strategic Committee (StratCo), ensuring experienced guidance across its business units.

As part of this organizational evolution, Dr. Evan Kirby will transition from his role as Technical Director, effective March 31, to provide focused technical support to the Jubilee Technical Services Division. This shift underscores Jubilee’s commitment to leveraging specialized expertise to enhance its operational efficiency and innovation.

This strategic reorganization marks a significant milestone in Jubilee Metals’ journey, promising enhanced operational efficiency, focused strategic direction, and sustained growth in its South African and Zambian ventures. By aligning its corporate structure with its operational aspirations and market opportunities, Jubilee Metals is well-positioned to continue its trajectory of growth and leadership in the metals processing industry.


Source: Mining Weekly

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