“TAM” is led by an experienced management team and Board of Directors made up of professional engineers, chartered accountants, financiers and entrepreneurs that have significant experience at every stage of our business development and production.

The leadership team of the Group is headed up by our Group Chairman Mr. Gideo van der Merwe and an experienced board of Directors. Watch this space for more information on the Board as we are currently busy populating our corporate information.

Board of Directors

Morrison Smit
Email: morrison@tamholdings.co.za




Morrison is a Chartered Account by profession and has not only honed his teeth in the profession – starting with PWC, however, developed his interest and expertise in Public Listings, especially in the mining industry. Morrison’s first listing was Digogo Mining back in the 90’s and he has since been instrumental to and part of a number of listings, including Sephaku Cement (Dangote Group).

Morrison heads up TAM as CEO & interim CFO and will be responsible for managing the Group and its subsidiaries.

Gideo van der Merwe
R & D Director
Studied towards B.Com (Law)
Focussed on Environmental Law
Email: gideo@gideotech.com



Gideo is a “world renowned inventor, entrepreneur & scientist” and has a number of successful “internationally registered patents” under his name and pen. As the founder of the Gideotech Group, Gideo strongly believes and focusses on making our world a better place to live in. Gideo has a long and successful career in creating new solutions and patents for challenges often regarded as impossible by others. He has also partnered with some of Africa’s richest companies who see the value in what Gideo brings to the table.

Gideo chairs a number of companies and is also the Chairman of AFBEA (Agro Forest Bio Energy Association).

Lodewyk Bronn
Technical Director
B.Eng (Mechatronic) MSc.Eng. (Electrical)
Email: lodewyk@tamholdings.co.za



Lodewyk is an experienced Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in renewable energy with a comprehensive understanding of design processes, manufacturing and construction methods. He is experienced in all the design stages of a product, including research, development and manufacture right through to installation and final commissioning. Lodewyk was  in-charge of research & development and operations & maintenance of a Wind Turbine Manufacturing Company and responsible for international certification according to the Germanischer Lloyd – “Guideline for the Certification of Wind Turbines, Edition 2010”

He designed and developed the control and safety systems. Developed a super-capacitor backup system for the wind turbine pitch system. Calculated the mechanical loads of the 300kW wind turbine according to IEC 61400-1. Stress- and fatigue-analysis of components. Wind farm SCADA software development and developed python scripts for the calculation of the wind turbine loads.


JJ Schellink
Schellink Investment Holdings
Non-executive Director




Jan Schellink is a well respected businessman, farmer & investor from Port Elizabeth South Africa. Jan has started several companies and businesses during his career including Madiba Concrete which was one of the largest cement & concrete plants & pre-mix operations in the Eastern Cape.

South Africans have a saying that “A boer maak ‘n plan” and directly translated this means “A farmer always has or makes a plan”. This can possibly be attributed to Jan as his core trademark, regardless of the industry he finds himself invested in.

Jan is a valuable member and investor in the TAM Group and can always be relied upon to positively contribute towards the success of the business.

Technical Advisory Board & Management

Cobus Fraser
Mining & Minerals Advisor
Director at Fraser McGill




Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in optimising and prioritising investment opportunities

Specialises in incorporating technical and engineering related concepts with financial valuation principles. Provides guidance on sustainable value creation through innovative and practical methodologies.

Relationship-based strategic advice

Fraser McGill provides independent advisory services to junior and mid-tier companies in the mining and minerals sector. We assist our customers to make informed investment decisions concerning their mining asset and project portfolios. Fraser McGill understands the industry and the challenges that our customers are facing. We assist company executives and management with their strategy development process and guide them on the path to shareholder value.

One size does not fit all.

We believe that there is always a different and better way to conceive, design, engineer and manage a mining project or investment to extract maximum value despite a challenging market and operating environment. Being flexible, independent and highly customer-focused, we offer executive level advice that is discreet, trusted and custom-fit to your business. Our services are customer-organisation embedded, providing applicable and appropriate solutions and tools where and when you need them.

Advice that is quantifiable.

We offer strategic decision-making tools and provide business case solutions that are technically sound. We do this by translating complex ore body geometries, mining and processing techniques, and logistics and infrastructure considerations into ‘executive friendly’ decision models and dashboards. These models not only help key decision makers to better understand mining assets or projects and their potential, but also enable them to generate new, technically sound scenarios, with a click of a button.

Advice that is technically sound.

With global experience and a network of skilled resources, we can tap into technical and strategy know-how through our broad associate network. Our combined industry and capital project experience will ensure that business cases are technically and financially robust.

Our passion
Working with our customers to:

• Identify and realise significant and sustainable value in asset and project portfolios

• De-risk investments through sound technical and financial evaluations and life-cycle steering

• Provide decision making support to formulate and implement strategies that deliver step-change improvements.

While some see mining and minerals as a sunset industry in survival mode, with limited potential for investment growth, we see opportunity in the sector for positive returns throughout the cycle.


Rayno Schellink
B.T.Eng (Chemical Engineering)
Email: rayno@tamholdings.co.za

Rayno is employed by TAM Holdings as Chemical Engineer and runs all all the chemical trials, analysis and chemical process engineering on a day to day basis.

Rayno reports to Mr. Gideo van der Merwe and sees to the chemical process applications and results in the Group.

Professor Dawie van Vuuren
Senior Technical Advisor
PhD.Eng (Chemical Engineering)
Senior Lecturer Pretoria University




Prof van Vuuren has extensive experience in the field of process development and design, with more than 40 years’ experience gained in various fields of chemical and metallurgical processes.

More specifically regarding experience in the field of titanium, he joined the CSIR and was firstly involved in developing a novel process to extract titanium dioxide from waste slag produced by Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation.

Since about 2006 he became involved in developing novel technology to produce primary (or Commercially Pure) titanium metal powder. Apart from being the lead inventor of a number of internationally granted patents to produce such titanium, he received international recognition by being invited to write a chapter for the book “Titanium Powder Metallurgy”, edited by Ma Qian and Francis H. Froes, on direct titanium powder production by metallothermic processes.

In his career, Prof van Vuuren had contributed to various strategic, market and techno-economic studies. Two multi-organizational market and techno-economic studies that he led are:

  • The South African Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Economy Baseline Study. A study undertaken on behalf of the DST in 2004.
  • Techno-Economic Evaluation of Titanium Strategy Implementation Options. A study undertaken on behalf of the DST in 2008.

Key international contacts in field of titanium powder:

  • Prof Sam Froes, Consultant to the titanium industry, USA
  • Prof Ma Qian, RMIT University, Australia
  • Prof Ashraf Imam, George Washington University (Formerly from the US Navy)
  • Mr Kevin Slattery, Boeing Company, USA
  • David Whittaker, Consultant to the powder metallurgy industry, UK.
  • Dr Thomas Ebel, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany.

Martin Cooks

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals industry. Skilled in Dewatering and Thickening, Process Control, Data Analysis and Process Development.

Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Mathematics, Chemistry and Operation Research from UNISA.
Martin has worked in research; production; equipment supply and consulting capacities during my career. Two aspects stand out when considering the diversity of the industries; the first is working in or supervising a laboratory was part of my duties at most positions and the other is process investigation, non-routine work and product development was a significant part of the duties

Phillip (Timba) Mostert
Health & Safety Representative
NOSA (Accredited)
Email: timba@gideotech.com 
Tel: =27 (12) 996 3010
Mobile: 073 552 9844



Phillip is responsible for the Health & Safety issues on the TAM projects and especially on the health & safety management of the stockpiles. 

He is busy qualifying himself towards becoming a certified Safety, Health, Risk, Environment & Quality Officer. Phillip is also studying towards Project Management.

For any site visits to the TAM Stockpile, please contact Phillip first as access control is restricted for safety reasons