Mr. Wanjin Yang
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Yang is a senior exploration geologist with over 30 years’ of experience in major mineral exploration projects, corporate management, and corporate development.
He previously was the Project Geologist at Whitehorse Gold Corp. working on its mineral exploration projects, new project acquisitions, and other corporate development work.
MEng (Mining Engineering), MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Hannelie Hanson brings over 24 years of experience in mining as a technical specialist and a strategic leader. Hannelie heads up the operations and projects in South Africa and drives proper planning, accountability, optimization & innovation, communication, and development of people to ensure a successful and well-run business while executing the expansion plans at Eastplats.
Hannelie graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BSc (Hons) in Geology in 1998, and also holds an MEng degree in Mining Engineering from Wits and an MBA at UCT. Her career in mining started at Lorraine Gold Mine in the Free State, and she was the custodian of Mine Technical Services departments at two mines. Prior to joining Eastplats in 2012, Hannelie held the position of Senior Manager (Technical Services) for six years with Lonmin, having started there as a graduate geologist in 1999 and being promoted into projects and planning before heading up the Technical Services department.
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Wylie Hui is passionate about helping businesses flourish in this dynamic business environment. He brings over 25 years of financial and operational experience to his role with Eastplats, with a majority of his experience in the mining and metals industry. He has improved financial reporting, risk management, and administration processes and functions at many mining companies and brings these experiences to Eastplats as the Crocodile River Mine re-starts underground operations. Wylie also manages and oversees the financial planning and analysis, treasury management, risk management, corporate finance and investor relations functions of the company.
He previously served as the CFO of several publicly listed mining companies including Tintina Resources Inc. (now Sandfire Resources America Inc.) developing the Black Butte Copper Project; and provided CFO, controllership, and consulting services to numerous public and private companies including BQE Water Inc., and most recently Universal Mineral Services Limited, Sombrero Resources Inc., Tier One Silver Inc., Fury Gold Mines Limited, and Torq Resources Inc. Wylie also worked for two international accounting firms, Ernst & Young LLP and BDO LLP.
Andrea Zhang has over 15 years of cross-cultural business experience in Asia, Africa, North America, and Australia; specializing in commodity trading, investment, strategic corporate development in mining and agriculture industries.
He has good investment knowledge with superior team-building skills to generate significant bottom-line contributions and successful track records in combining commodity trading businesses. He brings to Eastplats over 10 years of experience in mining and mineral project development, mergers and acquisitions, and business unit/operational restructuring.
Andrea started his career as an International Trading Manager for COFCO Limited, the largest food, cereal, and grain company in China. Prior to joining Eastplats as Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Andrea was the General Manager Assistant and Manager of Business Development at China Arts Fareast Ltd., a Chinese mining and trading company based in Beijing. During his tenure, he managed approximately 800,000 tons of chrome trading business annually (imported mainly from South Africa) making China Arts the top chrome trader in China. Further, Andrea helped to manage the investment business of China Arts and successfully developed several projects in South Africa valued at more than US$100M.