Jurie Wessels

Jurie Wessels, founder and executive chairperson of Vanadium Resources

Jurie Wessels, founder and executive chairperson of Vanadium Resources

23rd February 2024

By: Creamer Media Reporter


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Full Name: Jurie Hendrik Wessels

Position and Company Name: Founder and executive chairperson of Vanadium Resources

Main Activity of the Company: Development of the Steelpoortdrift mine and concentrator and the Tweefontein salt roast leach plant

Date and Place of Birth: April 12, 1967, Johannesburg

Education: BA (economics and political science), LLB and higher diploma in taxation

First Job: Hardware assistant at Action Hardware, in Randburg, when I was 15 years old

Size of First Pay Packet: I am not sure, but it was probably R7 a day

Career Path to Date: It’s been a diverse path. After my studies, I became a lawyer. That led me to become an explorer, that matured into a developer and a miner, and that rewarded me just enough to also be a farmer

Value of Assets under Your Control: R470-million (VR8 and Arcadia Minerals)

Number of People under Your Leadership: About 20 people (excluding consultants and contractors)

Management Style:

Corporate and operational decisions are made by a core executive team. I embrace a leadership approach that empowers others to perform at their best. I embrace leadership values that require me to make personal sacrifices when needed for the sake of the business, to take the most responsibility and work the hardest

Personal Best Achievement: Listing four exploration companies since 2004 on three international exchanges, which led to five mines (so far), and arranging the investment by Raubex Group into Bauba, thereby saving Bauba from jeopardy

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife, children and parents

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My late father

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: John the Apostle, because he spent a lot of time with the most enigmatic person the world has ever seen

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Elon Musk, because he is not afraid to think big and to fail, and because he achieved more in one lifetime than what other business leaders could if they had a hundred lifetimes

Philosophy of Life: Make sure the truth always sits comfortably beside you

Biggest Ever Opportunity: To have studied at university

Biggest Ever Disappointment: The greed of people who should know better

Hope for the Future:

That South Africans will soon judge other people solely by the content of their character rather than their immutable characteristics

Favourite Reading: The Bible

Favourite TV Programme: What’s That?

Favourite Food/Drink: Good coffee

Favourite Music: Anything that has a beautiful melody

Favourite Sport: Archery

Hobbies: Farming

Car: Land Cruiser V8 79

Pets: West-Highland White Terriers (Sofie and Shona) and an African Grey (Stoffel)

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Dishonesty, indolence and vanity

Married: To Tertia. When I saw her the first time, I knew she would become my wife. It took her about 2 months to come to the same realisation! We’ve been together since 1989. Our best moments are when we spend time with our children

Children: Daneel, 24; Lien, 21; Leonore, 17

Clubs: Cape Mining Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor




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