BSc Mining Engineering 1987 - University of Pretoria.
1988 until 1996 - Free State Gold Fields, Section Manager at Freddies Gold Mine.
Section Manager RPM Union Section at Richard Shaft - 1996 to 1997
1997 to 2000 - Business Area Manager, Mining, of RPM Union Section
In 2000 Francois was appointed General Manager of Amandelbult, a position held until 2005.
In 2006 he was promoted to Anglo Platinum Head Office as Head of Safety and Sustainable Development.
In 2009, he was appointed General Manager to Twickenham Platinum Mine, where he was a key role player in setting up
the mine for operation.
He joined African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) in 2010, as General Manager at Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine and Black Rock Manganese Mine after which he was promoted to ARM’s Head Office as Operations Executive, ARM Platinum until 2012.
He was appointed Chief Executive, ARM Platinum in 2012 and then as Chief Executive, ARM Copper and Coal.
Francois joined Siyanda on in 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine and was appointed to the Board of Directors of SBPM.
Executive Head: Sustainable Development at Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine
BSc (Environmental & Geographical and Ocean & Atmosphere Science)- UCT
BSc Honours (Atmospheric Science) - UCT
Masters in Business Leadership (MBL)- UNISA SBL
Technical Courses:Environmental Law, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Community Relations Program - Wits, Sustainability reporting
February 1999 - August 2002 - Environmental Officer - De Beers - Kimberley Mines
September 2002 - September 2012 - Anglo American Platinum as follows:
- Sept 2002 until August 2007 Environmental Coordinator, Union Section, Swartklip
- Sept 2007 until Sept 2012 Environmental Manager, Mining, Johannesburg/Rustenburg
October 2012 until January 2014 African Barrick Gold - Corporate Environmental Manager, Johannesburg/Tanzania
February 2014 - 31 May 2018- Modikwa Platinum Mine JV - Business Area Leader, Sustainable Development (Burgersfort)