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Nigel Atherton

Nigel Atherton

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Atherton was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for Emperors Palace in August 2006 after he rejoined the Group in July 2005 as Financial Manager at Emperors Palace after a brief period at Zenprop Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd where he was the Divisional Director for Finance and Operations. He has held various financial positions within Peermont since 1999. Mr Atherton was previously responsible for the Group’s flagship resort, Emperors Palace. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B Compt Honours Degree.


Thabo Mokoena

Thabo Mokoena

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mokoena joined Peermont in August 2006, when the acquisition of the Tusk Resorts Group by Peermont became effective. He had served as an Executive Director of the Tusk Resort Group since its inception in 1997 and is a former Executive Director at Peermont prior to the recapitalisation of the Group.  His first assignment at Peermont was Regional Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Tusk units. Mr. Mokoena currently holds the position of Group Development Executive and is responsible for all design, development and building management in the Peermont Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand.  Prior to joining the hotel and gaming industry, Mr. Mokoena had served in various capacities at Ford Motor Company (South Africa) and Moribo Investments (a Thebe Subsidiary).



Grant Robinson

Group Financial Director and Executive Director

Mr. Robinson joined Peermont in October 2004 and was appointed to the Board of Directors, as Group Financial Director, in June 2006, and an Executive Director. He has been involved in the execution of a number of strategic initiatives since joining the Group. Examples of these are the acquisition of the South African interests of Caesars South Africa Inc. in March 2005, the acquisition the Tusk Group announced in December 2005 and the US$1 billion buyout, delisting and reorganisation of Peermont in April 2007. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Robinson was a Partner and Director of KPMG Inc. and KPMG Services (Proprietary) Limited, ultimately in the Information, Communication and Entertainment division. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting Degrees from the University of Witwatersrand and is registered with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Bob Yearham

Bob Yearham

Group Gaming & VIP Operations Executive

Mr. Yearham has 30 years’ experience in the gaming industry, both nationally and internationally. He commenced his career in 1979 with Ladbrokes based in the United Kingdom. He subsequently spent six years in the cruise ship industry travelling to countries as far afield as the Caribbean, South America, the Mediterranean, and Europe. He spent five years in the USA as a casino manager on board the world’s largest floating casino. Mr. Yearham commenced his gaming career in southern Africa in 1994 with Sun International and has been involved in managerial roles at The Royal Swazi Sun in Swaziland and Sun City, prior to joining Peermont in 1997 where he opened the country’s first casino under the new dispensation, Graceland Resort. Subsequently in 1998 he relocated to Johannesburg to commence work on the opening of Emperors Palace. Mr. Yearham oversees gaming operations for the Group where his role includes premium player development, player liaison, recruitment, training and developing casino management in the Group, gaming development, and contributing to the profitability of gaming.


Mark Jakins

Mark Jakins

Group Marketing and Regional Operations Executive

Mr. Jakins rejoined the Peermont group in 2006, after spending four years with Global Resorts in the formative years. He is responsible for regional operations with general managers reporting to him. He also directs the marketing strategy, brand strategy and positioning, advertising, public relations, direct marketing and loyalty programmes, customer relations and management, publishing management, entertainment, international and local sales, corporate affairs and CSI for the Group. From 2001 to 2006, he was Chief Executive: Commercial Enterprises at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) where he directed the new brand portfolio strategy and commercial operations of the 23 radio and television channels, which led to the financial turnaround  of the company - responsible for airtime advertising sales and sponsorships, marketing, audience services and TV licences, and merchandising and mobile business units. Prior to this he held senior management or director positions in Budget Car Rental, Southern Sun and Sun International. Mr. Jakins holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics and Marketing) from the University of Natal, M.A.C. qualification from Unilever, and served on the National Advisory Council of the Vega Brand Communication School. 


Fihliwe Nkomo

Fihliwe Nkomo

Group Human Resources Executive

Ms. Nkomo has 16 years generalist Human Resources experience where her career began at Unilever (Lever Brothers) as Human Resource Generalist. She later moved to De Beers mining where she specialised in Remuneration and Benefits management for both local and expatriate management. She joined the Gambling Industry in 2000 where she established a Human Resources Department for the Gauteng Gambling Board, after which she joined Tsogo Sun. Her current role within Peermont includes organisational development, training and development, employee relations, remuneration and payroll, human resources general management and internal communication management. Ms. Nkomo holds a Masters in Human Resources from University of Johannesburg (formerly Rand Afrikaanse University), a B.tech Degree in Human Resources from Cape Town University of Technology (formerly Peninsula Technikon) and a National Diploma in Human Resources from Cape Town University of Technology. Currently, she is completing her Thesis through Milpark Business School and serves on the Fedhasa Inland Board.


Dawie Petzer

Dawie Petzer

Group Legal Counsel

Mr. Petzer, after obtaining his LL.B degree, spent nine years at the office of the State Attorney where he served his articles and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He was subsequently appointed by the Mpumalanga Gambling Board, which was the first gambling board in South Africa to issue casino licenses in the legislated gambling dispensation. Mr Petzer established the legal services function at Peermont and has been the senior executive of the group for legal services since August 1999, where he manages the legal aspects of the business of the group including the drafting and vetting of agreements, rendering of legal advice and liaison with external legal advisors, and commercial legal startegy. He is also the Company Secretary of Peermont.


Charl Fouche

Charl Fouche

Group Finance Executive

Mr. Fouche joined the Peermont Group in 2002 as Financial Manager of Emperors Palace. In 2004 as Peermont’s Group Financial Manager he was actively involved with the successful listing of the group. He has held various financial positions within Peermont and more recently assisted with the capital reorganization of the group. In 2014 he was appointed to his current position. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Honours Degrees, as well as a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting from the University of Johannesburg and is also registered with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has completed the Certificate in International Treasury Management.