In addition to Froneman’s appointment, WGC also welcomed Niël Pretorius, CEO at DRDGOLD, to its board of directors. Based in South Africa, DRDGOLD specializes in the extraction of gold through the large-scale retreatment of mine dumps and tailings dams.
These appointments mark continued evolution and diversity of experience and industry contributions to the board of WGC, the Council stated in a press release.
“I would like to thank Randy for his leadership of the board over the last few years. Under his tenure, the World Gold Council has embarked on several new initiatives, from our transformational Gold247 program to help digitalize the global gold industry, to bringing gold to the attention of millions of retail investors,” WGC CEO David Tait commented.
“We welcome the appointment of Neal as the new chairman. His wealth of experience in the industry will greatly benefit myself and the rest of the board. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity, and to further our work to improve the gold market and demonstrate the valuable contribution responsible gold mining makes to the world and host communities.”
Also this week, the WGC announced the launch of a new documentary: GOLD: A Journey with Idris Elba, created in partnership with Pioneer Productions.
This docuseries explores the value of gold past, present and future, while discovering its powers of transformation on individuals, communities and economies. It also highlights how the industry is navigating current challenges, from post-mining regeneration and energy consumption to the future of the workforce in gold mining.
Actor Idris Elba said: “I feel very thankful to have been able to experience what gold means to people, what gold means to history and also to tradition. Gold has the power to transform. I’ve learnt so much about gold that wasn’t obvious or expected and now my eyes have been opened which is a wonderful thing.”
The documentary is now available on YouTube. Click here to watch.