2017 Agenda - 7 & 8 June


* explorers * developers *investors * junior mining * Africa

7th – 8th June 2017
The Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park




Day One:  Wednesday 7th June


Chairman’s Welcome

Bernard Swanepoel


Opening Keynote Address

What should SA do to re-establish its relevance to international investors? Can the ANC still do it?

Dr Mathews Phosa


Session One:
Current climate for exploration and junior mining globally and in Africa


Is the recent underperformance of this sector over?

Can we see sustained improvements going forward?

What is the impact of global improvements in commodity prices on exploration work and drilling activity across Africa?

Is there enough confidence to encourage investment?

What investments will be made on the back of improved commodity prices and into which segments? Is this recovery sustainable?


Chair:    Dion Shango, PwC Southern Africa CEO


Johan Dippenaar, CEO, Petra Diamonds

Cobus Loots, CEO, Pan African Resources Limited

Humphrey Mathe, CEO, Tranter Resources

Niël Pretorius, CEO, DRDGold

Paul Miller, Mining Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking, Nedbank Capital



Session Two:

Development of a competitive regulatory regime for exploration and junior mining


Comparative regulatory regimes across Africa: recent regulatory developments and impacts

Regulatory enablers for a favourable environment with certainty and consistency in application

What are governments and industry stakeholders currently doing to promote exploration and junior mining in their countries and create an environment beneficial to entrepreneurs and conducive to attracting seed capital?

Ensuring an enabling business and regulatory environment, consistent policies

Incentives to attract explorers, investors and junior miners

MPRDA and Mining Charter in South Africa

What does the newly amended MPRDA mean for exploration?

Top 5 regulatory challenges and possible solutions (legal, tax, environmental)

How can the burden of compliance be minimised for juniors?

Paving the way for a flourishing junior mining sector


Chair:    Otsile Matlou, Director, ENSafrica


Muhammad Saloojee, Head of Tax Africa, KPMG SA

Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.

Jacinto Rocha, Director, Mineral Investment Advisory Services

Jonathan Veeran, Partner, Deputy Head of Mining Sector Group, Webber Wentzel



Morning Refreshments



Session Three: 

Exploration watch:  Where is the best place to explore and which commodity? 

Hot spots for exploration?  (opportunities and investment flows?)

Where is the intensity of exploration activity and spend?

Where are the new discoveries? 

The case for different commodities [from the perspective of a junior]:

Why Gold?  Why Coal?  Why Chrome & Ferrochrome? Why Diamonds?  Why exotic or specialist commodities?


Chair:     Keith Scott, Chairman, The MSA Group


Alan Clegg, Chairman, Shumba Energy

James Allan, CEO, Sable Metals & Minerals Limited

Lyndon de Meillon, Paleostone Mineral Consultants CC




















Session Four:

My country is sexier than yours!  Which countries are getting it right?

Why does one country make more sense as an investment destination than another?

How do country risk and political risk affect the investment decision?

What matters more: the country risk profile or the ore body?

How important is investment in geosciences and geological endowment?

What kind of infrastructure development is needed to support junior mining?

Challenges faced by companies operating in different countries

Key drivers when comparing different investment destinations in Africa


Chair:    Sacha Backes, Senior Investment Officer, Mining Investment Division –   Africa, International Finance Corporation


Why Tanzania? Louis Coetzee, CEO, Kibo Mining Company

Why Namibia? Anthony Viljoen, Non-Executive Director, Bushveld Minerals

Why DRC? Boris Kamstra, CEO, Alphamin Resources and Investment Executive, Pangea Exploration

Why Botswana? Lepate Vincent Ramokate, Managing Director, VinMarsh GeoConsultants

Keynote Address

Roger Baxter, CEO, Chamber of Mines of South Africa



Lunch and Networking


Session Five:

Lessons from the Legends!

Hear the unique experiences and top tips for success from some of the legends in the business!



Life at “the top” and thereafter!

Graham Briggs



From Witbank to Delmas - it’s always been coal!

Ayanda Bam, Executive Chairman, Kuyasa Mining



Lessons in raising $$$$$ from a serial mining entrepreneur

John Teeling, Executive Chairman, Botswana Diamonds



Afternoon Refreshments


Lessons from the Legends continues/...


Discovering that there is life after mining and it’s mining!

Mike Teke, Founder & Chairman, Masimong Group



Stealing the boys’ toys from under their noses!

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Executive Chairperson, Kalagadi Manganese



Session Six:

Hear some of the prevailing industry myths being argued by respected industry figures, both insightful and controversial!


  • Trump will be good for junior mining!
    Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

  • Contractors are the industry’s saving grace!
    Paul Khosolo, Managing Director, African Sun Mining

  • Mining executives deserve what they earn!  
    Piet Viljoen, Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM)

  • SA’s private sector mining companies are fine examples of good disclosure!
    Paul Miller, Mining Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking, Nedbank Capital

  • “Law” fare is the future!
    Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.



Tjop en dop”-  a typical South African braai, drinks and networking


End of Day One

Day Two:  Thursday 8th June


Chairman’s Welcome


Session One:
Outlook for Commodities:  What’s hot and what’s not?

Ben Jones, Principal Consultant, CRU (UK)

Followed by a Panel Discussion

Commodity overview:  what is the key driver of commodity prices this year?
What will be the best performing commodities in 2017?
What do recovering prices mean for explorers, junior miners and jurisdictions?
Which commodities make sense for juniors and why?
Are the “hot” commodities suited to juniors?  Can juniors succeed in any commodity?
What, if anything, limits their suitability?

Chair:    Sandra du Toit, Head: Mining & Metals, Africa Corporate Finance, Standard Bank                              

Ben Jones, Principal Consultant, CRU (UK)
Piet Viljoen, Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM)
Tim Clark, Head: Metals and Mining Research, Global Diversified Mining Analyst, Standard Bank



Session Two:
Where is the current funding market?  How are things shaping up?

Is “alternative funding” the new normal?
What alternative funding/creative funding/smart funding models make sense?
Who is funding and investing?  Where, what, how?
What are the best alternative solutions to funding for junior miners?

Chair:    Craig Du Plessis, Director/Partner and Head of Debt and Equity Capital Advisory Services, PwC

John Bristow, Director, Global Diamond Network
Kevin Hodges, Mining Industry Champion, Metals & Mining, IDC
Markus Bachmann, Director, Craton Capital
John Teeling, Executive Chairman, Botswana Diamonds



Morning Refreshments



Session Three:
Showcasing junior/mid-tier companies, mining projects and investment opportunities

The(Revised) Social Contract

Niël Pretorius, CEO, DRDGOLD



Shumba Energy: powering the economic future of SADC

Alan Clegg, Chairman, Shumba Energy



Harnessing growth in Tanzania

Louis Coetzee, CEO, Kibo Mining Company plc



Company presentation: Stonewall Resources

George Jenkins, CEO, Stonewall Resources



Major Facts and Fiction!

Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions



Lunch and Networking


Session Four:
What makes a project or company investable?

Chair:    Chris De Vries, Managing Director, Venmyn Deloitte       

Paul de Kock, Director, IsoMetrix
Stuart Ausmeier, Director, Concentrate Capital Partners
Denver Dreyer, CEO, WorleyParsons



Session Five:
Showcasing junior/mid-tier companies, mining projects and investment opportunities



How De Beers gave away a billion dollar asset

James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds



Andiamo - Exploring for gold and copper in Eritrea

Tim Williams, CEO, Andiamo Exploration Ltd



Canyon Coal

Vuslat Bayoglu, Executive Chairman, Canyon Coal



Major Facts and Fiction!

Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions



Afternoon Refreshments


Yzemyn Underground Coal Project

Praveer Tripathi, Senior Vice President, Atha Africa Ventures



The Struggle of the Entrepreneurial Miner with specific reference to GRENAC SA

Vusi Mabena,
Executive, Grenac SA


Being a junior miner in the current economy: Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung Platinum Mine project

Jacob Mothomogolo, Projects Executive, Wesizwe Platinum



Session Six: 

Is now the time to list?



Where to list and why? Which exchange is best for a junior?
What differentiates one exchange from another as a listing destination?
Single or multiple listing?
Why AIM? Why TSX? Why JSE?
Is traditional equity the injection that cures overnight?

Chair: Noah Greenhill, Practice Head, Investor relations, H+K South Africa

Patrycja Kula-Verster, Business Development Manager, JSE
Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Adviser, Rothschild Mining Team, Rothschild London

Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining & Exploration 


Major Facts and Fiction!

Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions



Chairman’s Closing Remarks



End of Conference




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