Clifford Hallatt

2nd July 2021


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Full Name: Clifford Gordon Hallatt

Position: COO of Canyon Coal

Main Activity of the Company: Coal exploration, mining and processing

Date and Place of Birth: June 28, 1985, Kempton Park, Gauteng

Education: BSc (Geography and Environmental Management), University of Johannesburg (UJ), 2006; BSc (Hons) (Geography), UJ, 2007; diploma in geographic information systems, University of South Africa, 2009

First Job: Business analyst at Fernridge Consulting, 2007 to 2011

Career History Prior to Current Position: Business analyst at Fernridge Consulting, 2007 to 2011; environmental consultant at SLR Consulting, 2011 to 2013; senior environmental officer at Canyon Coal, 2013 to 2016; exploration and mine development manager at Canyon Coal, 2016 to 2018; head of projects at Menar Capital, 2018 to 2021

Size of First Pay Packet: R6 500 a month

First Job with Present Group: Senior environmental officer

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under your Leadership: 641

Management Style: Democratic management – two heads are better than one

Personal Best Achievement: Being happily married and raising two beautiful children

Professional Best Achievement: The planning and development of multiple coal mining operations

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: A close friend and former colleague

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: The Dutch engineers who developed the first water dikes. I would love to experience the world through their eyes. How innovative must you be if you are faced with a problem, with limited technology and equipment at your disposal, and you decide the solution to your problem is to move the ocean, and then successfully implement your plan?

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Our executive chairperson, who, from a young age, has scaled unparalleled heights through dedication and perseverance”

Philosophy of Life: Respect is earned, not given

Biggest Ever Opportunity: My recent appointment as COO of Canyon Coal

Biggest Ever Disappointment: There have been numerous disappointments in my life; however, each has been an opportunity to learn, solve the problem that caused the disappointment and grow from the experience

Hope for the Future: That South Africa has leaders with integrity to develop our country to its full potential

Favourite Reading: African adventures

Favourite TV Programme: The Unit

Favourite Food/Drink: Braai and a cold beer

Favourite Music: All genres, except jazz

Favourite Sport: Athletics

Favourite Website: and

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and camping

Car: VW Amarok

Pets: Three dogs and a tortoise

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Listening to respond instead of listening to participate

Favourite Other South African Company: Wescoal

Favourite Foreign Company: SpaceX

Married: To Helene Putter, since January 5, 2008

Children: Amy,10; Eben, 7

Clubs: South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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