Cobus has many years of experience in the African mining sector. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in South Africa. Prior to joining Pan African Resources, he held the title of managing director of Shanduka Resources. Shanduka Resources was a mining investment business and part of the Shanduka Group, which was headed by Cyril Ramaphosa prior to his move to the South African government. He has been a director of Pan African Resources since 2009. Cobus served as financial director of Pan African Resources from 2013 until his appointment as chief executive officer on 1 March 2015.