Arne H Frandsen [photo]

Arne H Frandsen
BA, LLB, Master in Law from University of Copenhagen, Postgraduate Research and Studies in Japan and South Africa


Following completion of his degrees, Arne H. Frandsen undertook extensive legal research in Europe, Japan and South Africa, leading to the publishing of a number of articles as well as a book. Once his research was successfully completed, He moved to London to start a professional career as an investment banker. He has over ten years of investment banking experience with Goldman Sachs and JPMorganChase, providing strategic advice and structuring mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance transactions for clients in 30 different countries, raising in excess of US$20 billion of capital.


From 2004, Mr Frandsen acted as client executive for JPMorganChase in South Africa, followed by a year as chief executive officer of Incwala Resources (Proprietary) Limited, one of South Africa’s leading Black Economic Empowerment mining companies.

He joined Pallinghurst in 2006 as Chief Executive and is a partner of both Pallinghurst Advisors LLP and the Investment Manager. He is responsible for Pallinghurst’s PGM interests and is a director and Deputy Executive Chairman of Sedibelo Platinum Mines Ltd (SPM) and a director on a number of internal SPM companies. He is a Danish citizen.


Erich Clarke [photo]

Erich Clarke
BCom, CA (SA), CIA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Clarke is chartered accountant who joined the Sedibelo group in November 2014 as the CFO. He worked for the Imperial/Eqstra group for 18 years and has experience in general management, finance, audit and risk management.


In 2010 he was appointed CEO of the Contract Mining and Plant Rental division of Eqstra Holdings Limited. Prior to that, he was the CFO of the Eqstra group and instrumental in unbundling the group from Imperial Holdings Limited and listing Eqstra on the JSE.


Lael Bethlehem [photo]

Lael Bethlehem

BA (Hons), MA (Industrial Sociology) (Wits), Certificate in Economics and Public Finance (Unisa)
Non-executive Director

Ms Bethlehem is an Investment Executive at Hosken Consolidated Investment where she specialises in inner city housing development and renewable energy investments. She has been a board member of the Industrial Development Corporation since 2007 and has also chaired the IDC's Board Investment Committee and Board Risk Committee.


She previously served as Head of Real Estate Investment (South Africa) at Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. She is the former CEO of the Johannesburg Development Agency, and prior to this was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Johannesburg.

Ms Bethlehem was Chief Director of Forestry at the National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, which she joined after a period as an economic researcher in the trade union movement.

She has published several books and numerous papers and media articles.


Keith Liddell [photo]

Keith Liddell
BSc (Hons) Minerals Engineering (University of Birmingham, UK) MSc Engineering (University of the Witwatersrand)

Non-executive Director

Mr Liddell has been a director of Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited since 29 March 2006. He has extensive experience in developing resource projects, having worked at Mintek in South Africa as group leader - precious metals from 1981 to 1988, with a focus on PGMs and refractory gold.


He received two silver medals for his contribution to the development of platinum concentrators. Mr Liddell is the former managing director of Aquarius Platinum Limited. He has authored a number of technical papers and holds a number of patents relating to platinum processing and ultra-fine milling.


Kutlwano Motlhabane  [photo]

Kutlwano Motlhabane
B Bus Sci (Hons) (UCT)

Non-executive Director

Mr Motlhabane is the Chief Executive of BBKT Financial Services, the mining and resource investment arm of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela (BBK) tribe. He was employed in 2009 as an Advisor to Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, and later appointed to his present position to consolidate and diversify the BBK’s mining portfolio.


He is a director of various entities on behalf of the BBK. Previously, Mr Motlhabane was employed as an Investment Analyst at Merrill Lynch and Investment Manager at Royal Bafokeng Holdings where he represented the company on various boards and audit committees.


Kgosi Nyalala Pilane (

Kgosi Nyalala M.J. Pilane (Kgosi)

Non-executive Director

Kgosi M J Pilane is the leader of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela (BBK) tribe in South Africa. A former business man, he has successfully used his business acumen and experience to identify opportunities that benefit and resource the comprehensive development of the 350,000-strong BBK community.


Since his appointment as Kgosi of the BBK in April 1996, Kgosi Pilane has initiated negotiations on a number of key mining ventures. These include the Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited partnership, as well as negotiations with Anglo American Limited/plc to acquire a 15% shareholding for the BBK in Union Section, a subsidiary of Anglo Platinum Limited. He also negotiated a platinum mine for the BBK by acquiring a mining licence under a holding company called Itereleng Bakgatla Mineral Resources.

BBK also holds a 26% share in a consortium with Sibanye Gold through transaction agreements, and 74% in Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited from September 2015. Kgosi Pilane was appointed to the Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited board in March 2011.


Chris von Christierson (

Chris von Christierson
BComm, MA

Non-executive Director

Mr von Christierson has been a director and principal of the Southern Prospecting Group of Companies since 1979 through which he has been actively involved in the establishment of a number of international exploration and mining projects.


He has been a director of Gold Fields Limited since 1999. He founded and was Chairman of Rio Narcea Gold Mines Limited from 1994 to 2007. Prior to that he was Chairman of Golden Shamrock Mines Limited from 1991 to 1994, Chief Executive of East Daggafontein Mines Limited from 1981 to 1991. He was appointed to the Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited Board on 2 June 2009.



Andrew Willis

Non-executive Director

Mr Willis became a director at Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited in February 2019.  He has over 15 years’ experience in international finance, structuring and private equity.  He started his professional career as an accountant in New Zealand and after moving to Europe spent three years with pan-European private equity investment manager Candover Investments.  He studied at INSEAD and was awarded an MBA before joining the Pallinghurst Group in 2006 and is a Managing Partner.