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James Allan

James has worked in the mining, and mining financial services, industries since 1983. After graduating at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982, he worked at Wankie Colliery in Zimbabwe before joining Boart International in 1985. James worked as a mining analyst on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 1990 to 2003 before moving into corporate finance.

Sable Platinum was started in 2006 and built up a portfolio of exploration projects covering approximately 600 square kilometres of the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa. Sable Platinum listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in November 2012. During 2013 the portfolio was diversified and the name was changed to Sable Metals and Minerals on 3rd March 2014.

Some Career Highlights:

  • Advised De Beers minorities (2001)
  • Established Lesedi Drilling (Pty) Ltd (2003)
  • Established James Allan & Associates (2005)
  • Strategic analysis of Anglo American for a major investor (2005)
  • Established Partners Drilling (2005)
  • Raised R232m for Diamond Core Resources Limited (2005)
  • Advised South African Treasury on the Diamond Amendment Bill (2005)
  • Advised SA Treasury on Tax Incentives for Junior Mining (2005)
  • Established Sable Platinum Mining (Pty) Ltd (2006)
  • Raised $30m for Rockwell Diamonds Limited (2007)
  • Established Partners Drilling International (2008)
  • Analysis of the diamond industry for The Diamond Trading Company (Namibia) and the Diamond Trading Company (Botswana) (2008)
  • Advised IFC on Petra Diamonds (2009)
  • Established Olivewood Resources Limited (2009)
  • Advised IFC and RMB on $80m debt package for Petra Diamonds (2010)
  • Advised Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund on the restructuring of Diamonex Limited (2009-2010)
  • Listing of Sable Platinum on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (2012)

Board positions:

Chief Executive Officer

Sable Metals and Minerals Limited


Allan Hochreiter (Pty) Ltd

Non-executive director

Lesedi Drilling and Mining Contracting (Pty) Ltd
Sustainable Empowerment Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Global Initiatives (Pty) Ltd

James Allan

James Allan
Chief Executive Officer

BSc (Eng.) (Mining) 1982 M.B.A. 1985

Cell: 082 565 4507

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