Forbes taps Anglo exec for board

CANADIAN miner Forbes and Manhattan Coal has selected international coal expert Craig Wiggill to be its chairman.

Donna Schmidt

Wiggill – who has management, executive and directorship experience across the international coal mining industry – was chief executive officer of the Coal Americas arm of Anglo America when he directed activities in North and South America.

An engineer by trade, the University of the Witwatersrand graduate was also a managing director for Anglo Coal Marketing from 2000-2004.

“Craig's extensive experience in the international coal sector will be invaluable to the company's continued focus on implementing existing plans and creating shareholder value,” Forbes president and chief executive Stephan Theron said.

In addition to Theron and Wiggill, the company’s board also includes Bernard Wilson, Stan Bharti, Ryan Bennett, Michael Price and John Dreyer.

Focused on the coal scene of southern Africa, Forbes has majority interests in two operating mines there through its 100% interest in South African group Forbes Coal Pty, or Forbes Coal Dundee.

That arm has a 70% interest in Zinoju Coal, which in turn holds a 100% interest in the Dundee properties, the Magdalena bituminous mine and the Aviemore anthracite mine in South Africa.