About us

Executive management

Tumelo Motsisi

Executive Chairman and Director


Tumelo Motsisi is a prominent South African businessperson with experience in the South African financial services, mining and energy sectors. In 1998, Tumelo established Kopano Ke Matla Investment Company, the investment arm of South Africa’s largest trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company. Tumelo also served as Executive Chairperson of Prosperity Holdings, a financial services company established between Kopano Ke Matla, NBC Financial Services and Peregrine Holdings. Tumelo has been a director of Atlatsa since September 2004 and is not a director of any other public companies.

Harold Motaung

Chief Executive Officer


Harold Motaung established the mining and geological consultancy, African Minerals Professionals (Pty) Limited, after his time with the South African Government’s Department of Minerals and Research (DMR). As Deputy Chief Inspector for the DME, Harold was responsible for implementing the Mine, Health and Safety Act and later, as Chief Director of the Mine Inspectorate, he was appointed on numerous boards of government-associated institutions including the National Nuclear Reactor, the Deep Mining Board and the Mining Qualifications Authority. Harold was also a member of the DMR executive team responsible for briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on the status of minerals and energy within the country, which culminated in the enactment of the Minerals Development Act. Harold has been a director of Atlatsa since September 2004 and was appointed CEO on 1 April 2011. He is not a director of any other public companies.

Joel Kesler

Executive Director, Chief Commercial Officer


Joel Kesler is a South African qualified lawyer with 18 years of international experience in mining finance, mergers and acquisitions, business and corporate development. He was a founding member of Atlatsa Holdings in 2002 and was instrumental in effecting the reverse takeover of Atlatsa (previously Anooraq Resources Corporation) in 2004. From 2005 to 2014 Joel has served as Atlatsa’s Chief Commercial Officer, primarily responsible for its corporate and business development, strategy, corporate finance and corporate communications.