Jacques Badenhorst

Chief Executive Officer

NHD Extractive Metallurgical Engineering

Jacques Badenhorst is a metallurgist with over 25 years’ experience in operations and project development management of diverse mining projects, ranging from coal, gold and manganese to titanium and diamond. He is a cofounder of Maatla Energy and responsible for implementing the coal business as the Chief Executive Officer. He has been the Managing Director of the ASX-listed Zamanco Minerals Limited and the mineral processing company MRD.

He is a member of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, the Mine Metallurgical Managers Association and the Institute of Directors SA.

In the past, Jacques has worked for Grinaker / LTA Process Engineering and Anglo-American Corporation and MRD, implementing and operating various medium- and large-scale mineral projects.

Japie Grobler

Chief Financial Officer

B. Comm

Japie is an accountant by profession with over 19 years’ experience in company financial management, including audit, financial, income tax and transaction processing. Japie is the financial director of MRD and has working experience in financial management in diverse industries, including mining, building and construction, and auditing firms. Japie is responsible for financial management of Maatla Resources.


Mike Nell

Director – Operations 

NHD Mining, Mine Managers Certificate, M SAIMM

Mike Nell a professional Mining Engineer with over 27 years’ experience in mining operations (opencast and underground), development of mines, mining company leadership and mining consulting. From 2006 to 2010 he was Managing Director of TSX listed Homeland Mining & Energy SA Pty Ltd, where he built the company’s first operating mine in South Africa managing over 450 people.

2011 he was appointed as COO of Continental Coal Ltd, managing 300 people.

Other previous employers include Anglo American, MRD, Injula Mining and Erlank Mining. Mike is responsible for the development of the Mmamabula Coal Mine.


Patric Spencer Matlho

Director – Executive

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), MA Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis

Patric is a lawyer by profession and has been a Magistrate for 7 years, running the Letlhakane and Serowe Magistrate Courts in Botswana. He started his Law Firm and is consulting to various business in Botswana and South Africa. Patric is responsible for Maatla’s liaison with various government departments and the permitting process. Patric has held several directorships in mining companies, including TSX listed Homeland Energy Group. 


Moatswi Sekonopo

Director – Executive

B Architecture (USA), MSc Eng (Howard University USA)

Moatswi is a Professional Architect and founder of ArcSwana Architects with its head office in Gaborone (and branches in Bryanston, South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia. Moatswi has practiced as an architect in the United States of America until end of 2000 where he was involved at various levels on projects valued over US$50million. Since beginning of 2001, he has worked in Gaborone as an architect in private practice on varied and challenging projects. Moatswi is responsible for strategic leadership.