About Us

Board of Directors

Derick Kruger, Chief Executive

Derick Kruger

B.Sc. (Mining Engineering), MCom

Chief Executive

Derick started his career with the Government Mining Engineer after graduating from Pretoria University in 1982. He gained valuable experience in all disciplines of mining, including a Mine Manager’s certificate of Competency and joined the Chamber of Mines in 1988. During this time he obtained a Masters in Commerce from the Rand Afrikaans University in 1990.

Furthering his career in the mining supply industry he joined African Explosives (AEL) in 1991, focussing on supply contracts and marketing, both locally and internationally. In 1997 he joined global pulp and paper company, Sappi, as the General Manager of their mining support business and served as executive director on the board of Sappi Timber Industries.

Following Sappi’s divestment from timber manufacturing, he led a management buy-out of Sappi Mining Timber in 2000. Leading a carefully selected team and, forming sustainable relationships with prominent mining houses and business partners, the company grew to be the leader in the supply of timber based underground mining support products and support solutions to the gold and platinum industries. After the formation of BedRock in 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive, primarily responsible for company strategy and future growth.

Frans Brewis, Chief Financial Officer

Frans Brewis

CA (SA), M.Phil.

Chief Financial Officer

Frans is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience at a senior managerial level. He holds an M.Phil. degree with leadership as major from the University of Johannesburg and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

His career has been linked to the mining industry at various stages, before joining Sappi as Divisional Financial Director in 1999. Following Sappi’s divestment from timber manufacturing, he participated in a management buy-out of Sappi Mining Timber in 2000.

Frans was actively involved in the formation of BedRock, and in his role of Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the Financial and Treasury control of the company.

Robert Muntz, Director Marketing

Robert Muntz

NHD (Mining), EDP (WBS)

Director Marketing

Rob started his mining career in 1977 with General Mining and progressed to Production Manager with Matla Coal after completing his National Higher Diploma in Mining and obtaining his Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

He joined African Explosives (AEL) in 1989 and, during a career spanning 12 years, held various positions in the sales, marketing and business functions gaining experience in the local and international environment.

Rob has been with the company since 2001 and is responsible for directing the Sales and Marketing function.

Minesh Pillay, Director Olandelayo

Minesh Pillay

BCom

Non Executive

Minesh graduated with a B Com degree in 1998 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) before spending a significant period of time being based in the UK where he gained considerable financial exposure, particularly with financial systems.

Upon his return to South Africa in 2004, Minesh joined the company, holding various financial positions, with invaluable experience gained with the formation of BedRock and acquisition and then disposal of the plantations.

He serves as a Director representing Olandelayo, the staff investment company that acquired an equity stake in BedRock during 2016.

André Myburgh, Non Executive

André Myburgh

BCom Law

Non Executive

André is the MD of the TWK Group for the past five years. He is an accomplished executive, with 20 years’ management experience in the agricultural sector. Andr
 strives to create a positive and motivating company culture and to cultivate growth opportunities for employees. He holds the ultimate responsibility strategically managing the overall growth and productivity of the TWK Group and contributes on a strategic level to the Board of BedRock.

Eddie Fivaz, Non Executive

Eddie Fivaz

BA Agric, BCom Acc, MBA

Non Executive

Eddie has held the position of TWK Group CFO for the past six years and brings 16 years’ experience in various financial positions in several industries, specifically the agricultural sector. He contributes to the development of company strategy across all areas of the business. Eddie brings a wealth of experience to the BedRock Board and supports key financial initiatives that support overall strategic goals and executive strategies set by the Board.

Ferdie Brauckmann, Non Executive

Ferdie Brauckmann

BCom Investment Management

Non Executive

Ferdie joined the TWK Group 8 years ago, and has 21 years’ experience in the timber industry. He manages the timber business of TWK Group and brings a wealth of timber industry experience to the BedRock Board. Ferdie has strong leadership skills and his experience makes him well positioned to support the strategic initiatives of the BedRock Board.