Roger Baxter to step down from Minerals Council

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Long-serving CEO of the Minerals Council South Africa, Roger Baxter, will step down from the post when his contract expires next year, the mining industry body has announced.

Baxter, who has served in the role for nine years has opted to step down, effective April next year.

The council said its office bearers have embarked on a process to appoint a new CEO designate who will support Baxter through to the conclusion of his contract.

After 30 years of service in the mining sector Baxter said he decided it is time for change and to take a break, the Minerals Council said in a statement.

"It's also time for new leadership at the Minerals Council to help take the industry to the next level and for me to start a new chapter. In due course I plan to come back and work in this great mining industry," Baxter said.

"It's been a real privilege to have been afforded the opportunity to lead the Minerals Council through a remarkable period of change. I have been blessed with capable and dedicated Minerals Council colleagues and fantastic office bearers who have given generously of their time and their advice to make sure I could do my best for our industry. We, as the Minerals Council, could not have achieved as much as we have without them," he said.  

Baxter joined the then-Chamber of Mines in 1992, taking a one-year break in 1999 to work in the stockbroking industry, before returning to the Chamber as its chief economist. He then joined global mining company Rio Tinto in 2011 before returning to the Chamber in 2012 where he went on to become COO in 2014 and then CEO in 2015.

"Roger has played a fundamental leadership role in almost every aspect affecting the mining industry and economy over the past three decades," the council said.

"He was part of the teams negotiating a new minerals policy for the country, the new mining charter, the energy policy white paper, the skills development legislation, the various growth strategies, and he led the industry team that negotiated the new world-leading practice royalty system."

Baxter has been an active member within Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), serving as a board member representing the Minerals Council and has held a leadership role in the various Presidential growth, development, and jobs summits, and he has led various engagements focused on reforming electricity supply and the logistics system. He is also the founding chairperson of the World Platinum Investment Council.

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