"I am shocked and saddened at the sudden passing of David, a stalwart of the Southern African mining industry. He was not only Chairman of Northam’s board but a friend and colleague. He worked at board level in the sector for more than 23 years. My fellow board members and executive team join me in extending our sincerest sympathy to his family and loved ones, friends and colleagues. David instinctively knew that people are at the centre of all things mining. He will be sorely missed."