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Continental Coal director appointment supports growth in South Africa

Continental Coal (ASX: CCC) has appointed an industry executive with more than 41 years of experience in coal mining to its board to support the company's international expansion.

Johan Bloemsma joins Continental as a non-executive director, strengthening the company's board as it targets organic growth in South Africa.

Bloemsma has recent experience in two mid-tier South African coal companies, Optimum Coal and Umcebo Mining.

His previous experience also includes 37 years with Anglo American plc, of which 33 years were spent with Anglo Coal.

Bloemsma was responsible for the group's overall coal strategy and was key to the transformation of Anglo Coal from a South African-focused coal producer into a global coal company.

Continental CEO Don Turvey said Bloemsma's appointment was a sign the company was positioning itself for future growth.

"Johan is a tremendous addition to the Board of Continental, a Board that has been strengthened dramatically over the past month with the addition of Mike Kilbride as Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Connie Molusi as a Non-Executive Director," Turvey said.

"Continental is positioned for substantial growth and with the support of these experienced professionals and our strategic partners such as ABSA Capital, SIOC-cdt, EDF Trading, KORES, Investec and GMP, the Company's executive management team is well placed to deliver."