Mike Teke holds a BA(Ed) and B.Ed ( University of the North), BA(Hons) (RAU), and an MBA (Unisa). He started working as a school teacher.
He has served in various HR roles at Unilever, Bayer, BHP Billiton and Impala Platinum until 2007. In 2008, Mike left Impala to be one of the founding members of Optimum Coal and was appointed CEO of Optimum Coal. Mike was part of the listing Optimum Coal on the JSE in March 2010.
In September 2012, Mike resigned as CEO of Optimum Coal and became Non-Executive Chairman until April 2015. Mike was appointed Vice President of the Chamber of Mines in 2011 and in 2013 was appointed President of the Chamber of Mines until 2017. Mike was appointed Chairman of the Richard Bay Coal Terminal in 2012 and in 2016 stepped down to become Non-Executive Director of the Board and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Mike is the Non-Executive Chairman of Rolfes, a JSE Listed Company, Non-Executive Chairman of Anchor Group, a JSE Altx listed Company, Non-Executive Chairman of Tellumat, and the founding and controlling shareholder of Dedicoal, a service-based mining and beneficiation vehicle, active in the South African mining sector.
Mike is the Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder of Masimong Group, a diversified investment company, and the CEO of Seriti Resources.