The Team

Management Team
Kate Bredin, Project Manager
Kate Bredin, Project Manager
  • Joined VMI in early 2009 after spending 5 years in London working for Morgan Stanley and then Legg Mason Investments in Product Development and Management.
  • Main focus at VMI as Project Manager is to plan, coordinate and monitor projects from inception through to execution ensuring that project targets are met.
  • Graduated from the University of Natal with a Bachelor Of Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment Management.
  • Prior to moving to the UK, worked for Investec Private Bank in Cape Town.

Mike Earp, Business Development Consultant
Mike Earp, Business Development Consultant
  • Attended the University of Cape Town where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance & Economics, as well as a PGD in Enterprise Management and Entrepreneurship.
  • Started a successful business after university, assisted in the international expansion of a US based company and then sailed around the world.
  • Currently a CFA candidate and has gained significant experience in Business Development Consulting through both Renova Africa and the Ukupha Group prior to taking current positions at VM Investment Company (Pty) Ltd and New Kush Investments (Pty)

Farai Mwamuka, Associate
Farai Mwamuka, Associate
  • Obtained BSc in Finance in South Carolina, USA
  • Previously spent 2 years at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant.
  • Experience includes developing growth and market entry strategies for South African investment and retail banks and global health companies, large-scale restructuring of companies (private institutions, parastatals etc), creation of complex and large-scale surveys (10,000+ individuals) tailored to extract practical and actionable insights
  • Current CFA Program candidate

Tendai Dube, Personal Assistant
Tendai Dube, Bookkeeper
  • Studied BBA in Business Management at Solusi University in Zimbabwe
  • 3 years experience in Bookkeeping and Office Management
  • Current – Project Management Professional candidate

Samukeliso Mkandla, Office Staff
Samukeliso Mkandla, Office Staff
  • Has worked with VMIC since 2008.
  • Part of office staff and helps keep office running from day to day.
  • Currently pursuing opportunities to further education.
  • Enjoys learning and reading.

Consultants & Associates
Dr. Luke Longridge, Exploration Programme Manager
Dr. Luke Longridge, Exploration Programme Manager
  • Obtained BSc Honours (2006) and PhD (2012) degrees (Wits University). Has experience both in South Africa and abroad, including: 
    • PGE and chrome mineralisation (Madagascar, South Africa)
    • Iron ore mineralisation (South Africa)
    • Granite-hosted uranium mineralisation (Namibia)
    • Placer-hosted gold mineralisation (Canada)
    • Greenstone-hosted gold mineralisation (Mozambique)
    • Granite-hosted (primary) tin mineralisation (South Africa)
    • Sediment-hosted (secondary) tin mineralisation (Nigeria)

This includes basic technical experience (core logging, mapping, etc), designing, implementing and managing exploration programmes, and consulting on various projects.

Tim Marais, Exploration Geologist
Tim Marais, Exploration Geologist
  • Has been with VMI since 2011
  • Obtained a BSc Hons(Geology), BSc in Geology and Advanced Earth Science (Wits University)
  • Has worked on a project in Mozambique, and the Bushveld Iron and Mokopane Tin projects.
  • Currently studying for Master’s degree

Pamela Mumeka, Financial Manager
Pamela Mumeka, Financial Manager
  • Has over 8 years’ experience in the financial industry.
  • Prior to joining VM Investment Company in 2012, she had opened her own consultancy firm specializing in bookkeeping, payroll and preparing and taking clients through year end audits
  • Started career working for Barclays Bank PLC in Foreign & International Banking. She later joined an accounting consultancy firm, with great exposure to accounting for various industries including law, mining, construction, interior design, IT and project management.
  • Holds a BSc in Production Management specialising in Entrepreneurship and Finance.
  • Currently pursuing a professional management accounting qualification with CIMA.

Duodraft cc: Duodraft, CAD and Drafting Specialists

Lynda Whitfield and Diane Du Toit
Lynda Whitfield and Diane Du Toit
  • Established in 1999 with over 40 years experience in
    • Geological, Survey and Mining Draughting,
    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS),
    • Data Capturing and Map Development.
    • Graphic Illustrations, Diagrams and Presentations.
  • Lynda and Diane (Duodraft)have been working with VMIC since 2006

The Company

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