What We Do

We create lasting value through great partnerships by investing in beneficiation plants to produce and trade higher value products.


Thakadu Battery Materials is developing a project to beneficiate impure nickel to produce high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for the global lithium-ion battery market.


Thakadu Chrome is a 26% shareholder in ChromTech a leading low cost chrome producer with mine to market operations throughout South Africa.

Who We Are

Thakadu is an innovative, metals and energy materials company. We seek out opportunities to invest, build and operate beneficiation plants that produce higher-value products for global markets. We have active operations and projects throughout South Africa, as well as access to priority export markets through our strategic global partners.

Why We Do It

Creating lasting value through great partnerships is what motives us

We are passionate about advancing value addition in Africa

We are excited about using technology to maximize value from mined resources

We love acting locally and excelling globally

The Team

Ruli Diseko

Chief Executive Officer


Ruli has over 12 years of experience in commodities, mining and metals. He was the Head of the CEOs office at Lonmin Plc, prior to which he held senior management positions in both Investor Relations and Marketing. Ruli is a director of ChromTech Holdings (Pty) Ltd and was previously on the board of the State Diamond Trader.

Danie Smit

Chief Operations Officer

B. Eng & M. Eng, Pr. Eng
(Chemical Engineering) 

Danie was previously GM of SMP Operations and before that process manager at Lonmin’s Base Metals Refinery prior to which he was the production manager of the concentrator plant at Nkomati Nickel. As GM of SMP he was responsible for four metallurgical plants.

Elizabeth Knight

Financial Manager


Elizabeth started her corporate career as an article clerk with Ernst & Young, working predominantly with clients in the mining & metals and construction sectors. Now with 8 years post-article experience, she has gained exposure to valuable financial insight. Her prior experience includes time as a Senior Financial Officer at Nedbank Ltd and Financial Manager at BRBF Construction.

Sizwe Mngomezulu


BSc. Eng. (Mining Engineering), PDM

Sizwe started his corporate career as an Associate Consultant with Ernst & Young Advisory in the Performance Improvement service line. At EY he worked with clients in mining and metals, manufacturing, retail, government and public sector. Previously, he was a Mining Engineering Learner Official trainee at Anglo American Platinum.

Jacolien Wyethe

Technical Advisor

B. Eng (Chemical Engineering)

Jacolien has over 20 years of experience in the metallurgical industry, 13 of which were at Mintek working on hydrometallurgical processes for base and precious metals. She held process management positions at Tenova-Bateman, prior to which she was the operations manager at Exxaro’s Zincor plant.

Contact Us

+27 (0) 11 268 5910