Mxolisi Mgojo

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October 17, 2019

Mxolisi Mgojo

  • Company: Exxaro Resources
  • Year of birth: 1960
  • Last known country of residence: South Africa

Mxolisi Donald Mbuyisa Mgojo is a founder member and the current CEO, chairman, and executive director of Exxaro Resources, a major South African coal and minerals mining company that operates from offices in Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Exxaro is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is known for its focus on sustainable practices. As the CEO of Exxaro Resources, Mxolisi Mgojo is responsible for the daily running of the company. He has held this role since April 2016. Mgojo is also a member of the board of Glen Douglas Dolomite Pty Ltd and Exxaro Base Metals Pty Ltd..


Mxolisi Mgojo is highly educated with a range of qualifications from the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. He first achieved a BSc in Computer Science from Northeastern University in the United States where he studied from 1977 to 1981. He then achieved a diploma in International Financial Management from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom in 2000. He subsequently graduated with a BSc Hons in Energy Studies from the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa, which he attended between 2003 and 2004. Mgojo also completed other diploma courses, including an Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and a General Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Program at the Kellogg School of Management. In addition, he took part in the Exponential Organizations executive program at Singularity University in 2018.


After graduating, the very first job Mxolisi Mgojo held was in 1981 at a bookstore where he packed and sold books. His monthly salary was R150, which is equivalent to around $10. In later years, Mgojo would go on to hold several high-ranking roles in the mining industry, including working at Eyesizwe Coal for over five years as the manager of marketing and logistics. In May 2006, Mgojo first joined Exxaro Resources as the executive general manager of base metals and industrial minerals. A total of 27 months after he began working there, he was promoted to be the executive head of carbon operations, a role Mgojo held for nearly seven years. In May 2015, he was appointed CEO designate and in April 2016, he was appointed CEO.

Managerial Achievement

In May 2017, Mxolisi Mgojo was elected president of the South African Chamber of Mines (now known as the Minerals Council South Africa). He is also a member of the council of Business Leadership South Africa and a director of Dynamo Investment Holdings, Talent10 Holdings, and Tronox Limited. According to Mgojo, one of his best personal achievements was that he had been sought out by Unisys.

Personal Life

Mxolisi Mgojo married his wife, Thandeka Nyambezi, in 1988. They have two children, Malwande and Vuyokazi. In his free time, Mgojo enjoys reading spiritual, business, and self-improvement books as well as listening to music. He also goes to the gym several times a week and likes horse riding.

Mxolisi Mgojo CEO and executive director of Exxaro Resources.