Ferdinand Dippenaar is a resident of the Republic of South Africa and is a well known member of the gold mining industry in South Africa. He holds Bachelors of Commerce and Procuration Degrees, and an MBA from North West University in South Africa.
Ferdi Dippenaar started his career at the Buffelsfontein Gold Mine in 1982 and was employed in various financial and administrative capacities at the Gengold mines. In 1996, he became managing director of Grootvlei and of East Rand Proprietary Mines. Following Harmony Gold's acquisition of Grootvlei and Consolidated Modderfontein Mines Ltd, he was appointed Marketing Director of Harmony in 1997, overseeing Harmony's service delivery departments, corporate affairs and the company's investor relations. Before leaving he was the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs for Harmony.
Ferdi was appointed Director, President and CEO of Great Basin Gold Ltd. in December 2005. In addition to his role with Great Basin, Ferdi serves as Executive Advisor to other Hunter Dickinson managed companies. He was until 2005 a director of Harmony Mining Co. Ltd.