08 January 2019
University of Stellenbosch: Masters in Business Administration (Financial Management) cum laude
University of Stellenbosch: Bachelor (Business and Administration) (Hons) cum laude
University of Stellenbosch: LLB
University of Stellenbosch: Bachelor of Commerce (Law)
Skills & Experience
Hermien joined VZI in her current role as Head of Legal on the 8th of January 2019. Hermien has 17 years of corporate-commercial advisory experience in the mining industry. Formerly, Hermien was Rio Tinto’s Chief Legal Counsel for Southern Africa, managing a diverse team of people across 5 Sub-Saharan African countries, including Mozambique and Namibia. Hermien started her career in mining in 2003 at De Beers where she performed a variety of legal-commercial roles in New Business Development, Group Exploration and Group Legal, across jurisdictions such as Tanzania, Botswana, Angola, and the DRC. She served as a director on the Boards of a number of Rio Tinto and De Beers Group Companies. Hermien has been included in the Legal 500’s General Counsel Powerlist for Africa Teams. She specialises in M&A, and BBBEE advisory. Hermien is an Admitted Attorney & Notary of the High Court of South Africa.
Hermien is passionate about the contribution that the mining industry makes to broader society and believes in-house counsel has a significant role to play in facilitating and driving ESG goals.