Speakers

James Allan, Chief Executive Officer, Sable Metals & Minerals Limited

James has worked in the mining and mining financial services industries since 1983. After graduating at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982, he worked at Wankie Colliery in Zimbabwe before joining Boart International in 1985. James worked as a mining analyst on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 1990 to 2003 before moving into corporate finance. Sable Platinum was started in 2006 and has built up a portfolio of exploration projects covering approximately 600 square kilometres of the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa. Sable Platinum listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in November 2012. During 2013 the portfolio was diversified and the name was changed to Sable Metals and Minerals on 3rd March 2014.


Stuart Ausmeier, Director, Concentrate Capital Partners

Stuart is a qualified chartered accountant and CFA with extensive mining industry experience across many geographies and commodities. As a director of Concentrate Capital Partners (CCP), Stuart works with a multi-disciplinary global team of financial and technical specialists and partners to provide independent advice to project owners as well as to consider investment directly into projects through CCP's managed private equity fund. Stuart has over 15 years' advisory experience, having previously worked for Rothschild and KPMG.


Marcus Bachmann, Director, Craton Capital

Markus Bachmann holds a Master (MA) in Business and Economics (cum laude) from the University of Berne, Switzerland.
Markus started his career in the corporate finance department of the Credit Suisse Group, before joining SBC Brinson Asset Management Emerging Markets team in 1997. There he was assigned responsibility for the analysis and portfolio management for the equity markets of Greece, Portugal, the Middle East (including Israel) and Africa.
In 2000 he joined Coronation Fund Managers in Cape Town, South Africa, as a senior portfolio manager and global resources specialist, becoming the responsible fund manager for various retail products and institutional mandates. In 2001, he received the S&P Award for the best performing large cap equity unit trust in South Africa.
Markus co-founded Craton Capital in 2003. He is the Manager of the Craton Capital Precious Metal Fund and the Global Resources Fund.
Under his management, the Craton Capital funds received a number of prestigious industry awards for management and performance excellence, including Sauren Golden Award, €uro am Sonntag and Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement.


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

Sacha Backes is a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, mandated to provide financing and support to companies investing in frontier and emerging markets. In the mining sector, IFC can provide financing for activities across the project cycle, from equity for advanced exploration and studies, all the way to debt for project developments and expansions, as well as hybrid instruments for intermediate stages. Sacha has been with IFC for 9 years - three years in London focusing on business development for mining, and oil and gas, four years at IFC’s headquarter office in Washington DC focusing on mining and infrastructure transactions, and now two years in IFC’s office in Johannesburg office focusing on mining investments across Africa. Prior to joining IFC, Sacha worked in Laos for seven years where he launched and managed several rural infrastructure development projects. Sacha has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.


Ayanda Bam, Executive Chairman, Kuyasa Mining

Obtained a BSc degree in 1985 from the National University of Lesotho. Worked at BECSA’s Rietpruit Opencast Services as head of IT until 1996. He is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Kuyasa Mining, a coal mining company that was founded in 1995 as the first Black owned and operated mining company in South Africa. Involved as an advisor to the Mpumalanga government in the area of economic development. 


Vuslat Bayoglu, Executive Chairman, Canyon Coal

Vuslat Bayoglu is the founder and executive chairman of Canyon Coal, a mid-tier coal mining company. He is the managing director of Menar Holding which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Minerano Resources, Zululand Anthracite Colliery and Sitatunga Resources. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering and 15 years’ experience in the mining industry. He is a hands on investor and his investment company focuses on developing mines through exploring greenfield/brownfield projects and acquiring operational assets excluding opportunities in deep level gold mining and diamonds.


Graham Briggs, Chairman, Birrell Mining International

Graham Briggs joined Harmony in 1995 as new business manager and was appointed chief executive officer in 2008, a position he held until 2015.  He has been in the mining industry for 38 years, initially as a geologist. His operational and managerial experience was developed at a number of South African gold mines, as well as mines in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Graham presently holds several non-executive directorships and is a consultant to 98 Degrees Financial Services.


John Bristow, Director, Global Diamond Network

John Bristow obtained BSc (Hons) (1974) and MSc (1977) degrees in Geology from the University of Natal, and a PhD in Geochemistry at the University of Cape Town in 1981. He undertook further research and mineral and mining studies on a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of New Mexico (USA) in 1981-82.
He was employed by the Anglo American and De Beers Group companies for 12 years from 1983 – 1994. He left Anglo American in 1994 and established an international diamond consultancy, also making a successful transition to the junior exploration and mining sector.
John has gained exploration and project development experience in all the world’s major minerals and mining jurisdictions, as well as in several African jurisdictions. He has considerable local (southern African and African) and International experience in the exploration, development, and exploitation of kimberlites and land and marine based alluvial diamond deposits, as well as the marketing and sales of gemstone diamonds.
He has played key roles in the successful structuring, fund raising, and executive management of three junior diamond exploration and mining companies, including two publically listed entities. In addition to his diamond experience he has worked in the coal, industrial, base, and precious minerals and metals sectors.
He has wide ranging corporate, management, and local and foreign listed company experience, and currently provides Consulting and Contracting services to the local and international minerals industry, specializing in diamonds and precious stones.


James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds

James Campbell is Managing Director of Botswana Diamonds plc and has spent over 30-years in the diamond industry in a variety of roles.  Previous roles include Chief Executive Office and President of Rockwell Diamonds Inc, Non-Executive Director of Stellar Diamonds plc, Vice President - New Business for Lucara Diamond Corp, Managing Director of African Diamonds plc and Executive Deputy Chairman of West African Diamonds plc.  Prior to that James spent over twenty years at De Beers, with notable appointments including General Manager for Advanced Exploration and Resource Delivery and Nicky Oppenheimer's Personal Assistant. James holds a degree in Mining and Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London University) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Materials, South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and Institute of Directors of South Africa.  He is also a Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK) and a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA).  As part of his social commitment to South Africa, James is Chairman of the Joburg Ballet, Chairman of the South African Ballet Theatre Trust and Acting Chairman of Common Purpose SA


Tim Clark, Head of Mining Research and Diversified Mining Analyst, Standard Bank

Tim has been with Standard Bank for three years as Head of mining research and as a mining analyst covering the global diversified miners. Before that Tim was at Deutsche Bank for 9 years and was the SA diversified mining analyst, co-head of research and head of CEMEA mining research. Tim is a Chartered Accountant (CA SA) and has a M.Sc Finance (London Business School) and a B.Bus.Sci (Hons, UCT).


Brendan Clarke, Head of Geology, The MSA Group

Dr Brendan Clarke heads up the Geology department at MSA. Brendan has 17 years of exploration and project development experience and has worked in 25 countries in Africa, the middle East and Asia. Brendan’s personal fields of expertise include gold, base metal, iron ore and PGE exploration, the application of technological innovation in the exploration space and the project management and budget control of multidisciplinary programmes.


Alan Clegg, Chairman, Shumba Energy

Mr. Clegg, a British and South African Citizen, with Turkish residency is a Mining, Natural Resources & Energy Industry Professional with over 35 years’ experience gained from working mining & minerals projects, process & metallurgical industries and related supply industries in more than 160 countries on all the continents.
He is a registered Professional Mining Engineer (Pr.Eng), a registered Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr.CPM), a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), and carries professional Fellowship status with South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (FSAIMM) and the Institute of Quarrying (FIOQ) as well a professional memberships of all the major Mining Institutes globally and is a recognized mining technical assessment, reporting and mining project valuation expert with key experience in stock exchange listings and the requirements for successful capital raising.
Mr. Clegg has been intimately involved as executive manager, team leader or member of teams that have completed feasibility studies and/or constructed on ECM, EPC or EPCM basis over 60 Mining & Mineral Projects with a combined value in money of today in excess of US$18 Billion over the last 25 years.
He has advised a number of governments on Mining Policy, Legislation & Regulation since 1990, as well as being the architect & executor of practical plans for unlocking the potential value of their resources base.
Mr. Clegg has been Chairman of numerous high profile Mining & Resources Technical Conferences and Seminars in the industry both in Turkey and globally, and most recently will Chair the African Union supported event, The African Mining Summit in December 2016 in Tanzania. He is also an accomplished technical author and speaker of over 40 papers and Journal Articles. Further, he has been nominated for a number
of awards and prizes internationally, most recently for the prestigious “John Barrie Award” of the PMI (USA) Project Management Institute, for his contribution to Project Management Theory & Practice.
Mr. Clegg held 5 past Board appointments, including 3 at CEO level in International and Multinational mining, process engineering, mining equipment & construction sector companies and has been active as a member of the Institute of Directors in several countries keeping fully up to date with highest standards for Corporate Governance in companies. He currently holds 3 (Three) Non-Executive Directorships, 2 (Two) of which are as Board Chair, in Natural Resources, Energy and Process related sector companies.


Louis Coetzee, Chief Executive Officer, Kibo Mining

Louis Coetzee has 25 years experience in business development, promotion and financing in both the public and private sector. In recent years he has concentrated on the exploration and mining area where he has founded, promoted and developed a number of junior mineral exploration companies based mainly on Tanzanian assets. Louis has tertiary qualifications in law and languages, project management, supply chain management and a MBA from Bond University (Australia) specializing in entrepreneurship and business planning and strategy. He has worked in various project management and business development roles mostly in the mining industry throughout his career. Between 2007 and 2009, Louis held the position of Vice-President, Business Development with Canadian listed Great Basin Gold (TSX: CBG).


Paul de Kock, Director: Product Strategy, IsoMetrix

Paul de Kock obtained his BSc and BSC (Hons) degrees from the University of Natal and completed the Advanced Management Programme (MAP) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Paul has 25 years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated management systems in a variety of sectors including mining, energy, petrochemical, logistics and financial services. Paul’s specific areas of specialisation include integrated Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) systems, Enterprise Risk, Compliance and HSE. Paul has worked across Africa, and is well versed in the complexities of GRC within the mining industry.
Paul is a visionary in the field of GRC management systems. He developed the first version of IsoMetrix, for environmental management, in 1996 and founded Metrix Software Solutions in 2002. The company has grown to become a major player internationally, and now offers software solutions in all areas of GRC, with a focus on Health, Safety and Environment (EHS), Quality, Enterprise Risk and Governance, Compliance, Sustainability, Social Management, Occupational Health and Hygiene, Primary Healthcare & Wellness and Food Safety. Metrix also has offices in Perth, Toronto and Atlanta.


Lyndon de Meillon, Owner, Paleostone Mining

Lyndon obtained a BSc Hons in Geology/Oceanography from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1990 and an MSc in Oceanography from the same institution in 1994. From 1993-1995 he managed several exploration programmes for kimberlites and alluvial deposits for De Beers Geology in Kimberley and went on to become a Manager: Sample Treatment Laboratory from 1995-1997.

He worked as a Manager: Land Based Operations for Moonstone Diamond Corporation N.L. from 1997-1998. He then went on to become the Operations Manager at GEM Diamond Mining Corporation (which merged with Trans Hex in 2000) from 1998-2000.

He worked as a Geological Consultant at Paleostone Mineral Consultants from 2000-2007, then became the Chief Geologist at Manhattan Operations Douglas from 2007-2009, before becoming the Chief Operations Officer and a Director at Manhattan Africa from 2009-2013.

Since 2013 he has been Consultant and Owner of Paleostone Mining, which mines alluvial diamonds along the Orange and Riet Rivers.
His experience includes kimberlite and alluvial diamond exploration and evaluation programme design, heavy mineral separation techniques, design of diamond recovery plants, target selection, technical audits and financial analysis and modelling of primary and secondary diamond projects and mines.

He has worked in Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Australia and Canada.


Chris de Vries, Managing Director, Venmyn Deloitte

Chris de Vries is Managing Director of minerals corporate advisory firm Venmyn Deloitte. He is a qualified CA(SA) and competent mineral asset valuator, having served as an associate director at Deloitte’s Corporate Finance division in Johannesburg.
Chris has 8+ years’ experience in conducting due diligence reviews, valuations, impairment reviews, business plan validation and corporate advisory assignments in the minerals industry. His experience includes a wide range of mining transactions, IPO projects and corporate recovery projects covering commodities such as coal, gold, platinum, nickel, chrome, uranium, copper and industrial minerals. This included operational, development and exploration assets as well as tailings retreatment operations and assets under care-and-maintenance.
Recently, Chris led the care-and-maintenance and successful M&A process in the provisional liquidation of a leading copper producer in Botswana.
Chris led the Venmyn Deloitte technical team that supported UK banks in the restructuring of Lonmin Plc’s balance sheet in November 2015.


Johan Dippenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Petra Diamonds Limited

Johan Dippenaar has 25 years’ experience in the leadership and management of diamond mining companies. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Petra, he was CEO of ASX-quoted Crown Diamonds, which merged with Petra in 2005. Since the merger, Mr. Dippenaar has led Petra through a period of significant growth, taking the Company’s annual production from circa 175,000 carats in FY 2006 to 3.2 million carats in FY 2015, and establishing the Company as a leading independent producer. Mr. Dippenaar is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Chartered Accountants of South Africa.


Denver Dreyer, Chief Executive Officer: WorleyParsons RSA

Denver Dreyer is a vibrant executive with 20 years of strategic business development and operational experience in the Chemicals, Infrastructure, Power and Hydrocarbons Sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. Denver completed a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1997 and then joined SANS Fibres Pty Ltd as a manufacturing executive where he worked on several joint venture projects with international machinery companies to design, manufacture, install and commission multi-million rand projects in the chemical and specialised textile industries.
In 2006 Denver joined Kwezi V3 Engineers as an electrical engineer, which was acquired by WorleyParsons RSA in 2011. He has held a number of roles at WorleyParsons RSA including the Customer Sector Group Manager: Minerals & Metals and Chief operations Officer before being appointed as the CEO in April 2016.
Denver is currently the CEO for WorleyParsons RSA responsible for the Mining, Hydrocarbons, Resource Infrastructure and Power operations based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is passionate about the meaningful and sustainable transformation of engineering in South Africa and is part of a team that shares this same commitment within WorleyParsons RSA.
Denver is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.


Craig du Plessis, Director/Partner and Head of Debt and Equity Capital Advisory Services, PwC

A Corporate Finance and Banking Professional with over 15 years of local and international experience across various industry sectors.
Prior to joining PwC Corporate Finance on 1 June 2014, Craig was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance (Africa) team at Standard Chartered Bank. Previously he was Principal and Head of the Global Loans Structuring and Execution team at Absa Capital (part of Barclays Africa Group Limited), and Head of Specialised Debt at Nedbank Limited.
Craig’s varied experience includes corporate finance and advisory, corporate restructuring and reorganisations, distressed debt and workouts, debt and equity capital advisory, and origination, structuring, negotiation, execution and distribution of numerous financing transactions (which include Black Economic Empowerment financing, structured equity financing, subordinated debt financing, securitisations, preference share financing, leveraged finance, acquisition finance, project finance, corporate term loans, capital expenditure loans, revolving credit facilities, general banking facilities, and working capital facilities) in both emerging and developed markets. He has sound knowledge of debt and equity markets, financial markets and transactional banking products and is thus able to advise on and structure holistic solutions for clients.
Craig is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and holds a B.Com (Accounting), B.Com Honours (Accounting) and Higher Diploma in Tax Law which were obtained from the University of Johannesburg.

 


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

Sandra started her career as an academic, lecturing company and tax law at the University of the Free State, before joining Johannesburg Law Firm Brink Cohen le Roux & Roodt. It was here that she became involved in the South African mining industry, working first on the labour side of the business, before moving on to the corporate and commercial end of practice. Sandra has been with Standard Bank for just over ten years and focuses exclusively on African corporate finance transactions in mining and metals.


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

Noah Greenhill is responsible for building and growing the investor relations practice at H+K South Africa.  He was responsible for the establishment of AltX at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and was the Chief Marketing Officer of the JSE for a period of six years of his 12 year tenure there.  Whilst at the JSE, Noah introduced a culture of business development and client relationship.  Subsequent to the JSE, Noah spent two and a half years as Head of Corporate Finance at Sasfin Capital and thereafter two years as CEO of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Investment Holding Company.  This experience has given Noah the ability to view solutions for challenges in a creative client oriented manner.  Noah has been involved in interactions bringing investors and companies together for 15 years.


Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining & Exploration

Tony Harwood is an economic geologist with 30 years of international exploration and mining experience. He graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff, UK with a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D in Economic Geology.  Tony is President and CEO of TSXV Montero Mining & Exploration since 2009.  Between 2006 and 2009, he was the President and CEO of TSX Africo Resources Ltd. and between 1998 and 2006 served as a Vice President Global Generative Exploration at Placer Dome Inc., a major Canadian gold mining company. Other positions include Executive Chairman of ASX listed Universal Coal PLC, Non-Executive Director of Adamus Resources (ASX), Endeavour Mining (ASX/TSX), Auryx Gold Corp. (TSXV), East African Metals (TSXV), African Gold Group (TSXV), Tesoro Resources (TSXV) and Lappland Goldminers (Nordic). He has listed 3 public companies in the last 10 years on the TSX and ASX. Founder and MD of Harwood International Ltd., a geological consulting company, and held a position as a lecturer - University of Wales, Cardiff (UK), University of Natal, Durban (South Africa).


Kevin Hodges, Mining Industry Champion, Metals & Mining, Industrial Development Corporation

He currently operates in the Equity Capital market, investing private equity in early stage mining projects and assisting developing the project through to implementation. He is based in Sandton South Africa. Some of his successes in investment financing and mine development include the long term successful development of the Letseng Diamond Mine in Lesotho, the Chibiluma South Copper Mine in Zambia, The Ruashi Copper mine in the DRC, and the Metorex Group and Merafe Ferrochrome in South Africa. In addition he has extensive experience in due diligences, financing and developing projects in the following sectors, Ferrochrome, PGMs, Nickel, Mineral Sands, Bauxite, Rare Earths, Manganese, Coal, Spodumene, Iron Ore, Kimberlite and alluvial diamonds, Magnesite, Andalusite, Tailings retreatment plants, Lead/Zinc, gold, Uranuim, and Phosphate. He has extensive experience in structuring of finance for mining ventures from vanilla debt capital, to sculpted debt, preference shares, quasi equity and Mezzanine finance, large project finance transactions and equity capital. He has worked extensively in South Africa the DRC, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda. He also has experience of working in, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya. He has held directorships in 4 mining companies as well as the Geoscience council of South Africa. 


George Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Stonewall Resources

George Jenkins is a qualified extraction metallurgist with 25 years of mining industry experience in South Africa and Australia. Throughout his career he has held various executive, operational, management and business development roles with the most recent executive role as COO for public company Aard Metals Ltd. He has extensive experience in managing operational mine sites ranging from precious metals to coal with companies such as JCI, Vale Australia and AMCOAL. He has also held operational managerial titles with several junior mining organisations. His appointment as CEO provides the company with expertise in feasibility studies, project development, plant construction, commissioning and production. In addition, his operational and business experience in South Africa and Australia will provide Stonewall with insights into the business dynamics of these two countries so that they can be integrated into the future of the company.


Ben Jones, Principal Consultant, CRU

Ben joined CRU in October 2016. He has 10+ years experience working in commodity research and policy. During this time, he has both lead and contributed to energy and multi commodity projects relating to project finance, mergers, acquisitions and asset divestments, supply chain activities, and the impacts of public policies on both market and firm level economic and financial performance. Prior to joining CRU, Ben was a Principal Economist at BG Group responsible for leading macroeconomic and energy demand analysis and advising on strategic upstream investment decisions. He has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and UK Treasury on energy and commodity related (as well as more general macro economic and fiscal) policy and research. Ben has an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on fiscal energy, and commodity related topics in leading international journals.


Boris Kamstra, Chief Executive Officer, Alphamin Resources and Investment Executive, Pangea Group

Boris Kamstra is an accomplished senior business executive. He bravely capitalises on his strategic
management style to ensure good business leadership, corporate alignment and success – imperative
in challenging environments.

He has a passion for Africa and the varied opportunities it holds. His ability to identify potential, unlock
opportunity and celebrate talent diversity, adds significant value in the growing and competitive African
business and mining environment.

Boris graduated with an MBA from WITS Business School, University of Witwatersrand and a BSc (Civil

Engineering) (cum laude) from University of Cape Town - both times named on the Deans merit list.
Boris is a Registered Professional Engineer with the SA Engineering Council and a member of the SA
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Paul Khosolo, Managing Director, African Sun Mining

Paul Khosolo has twenty-three years experience in the mining industry, starting his career at Anglo American Corporation in 1994, and culminating in his appointment as the youngest mine overseer at Tau Lekoa Mine in 2000. He joined Harmony Mine as a Mine Overseer to gain experience in deep mining and steep stopes where he achieved the prestigious award of ‘Mine Overseer of the Year’. He proceeded to Goldfields to further his experience in deep mining, as well as overseeing the development section at the deepest shafts by that time. Paul joined Anglo Platinum in Limpopo in 2005 as a Mine Overseer where he was exposed to platinum operations. His peers in the industry regarded him as one of the best miners in the sector. He joined Samancor Chrome Mine as Mining Superintendent, thereafter being appointed Mine Manager in 2007 after he brought positive changes to the company’s mining operations, safety performance and effectiveness. He joined International Ferro Metals as Mining Contract Manager in 2008, managing both Underground and Opencasts operations. Paul was given an opportunity to establish a new Opencast Mine in Bapong Village called Sky Chrome Mine. He started the mine by negotiating with the community and ensured that once the agreements were reached, the site was fully established and operational. Under his leadership, he ensured that recruitment from the local community and the integration of those employees into the company was a smooth and successful process. In 2011, he established African Sun Mining Company (Pty) Ltd and became Managing Director of the company. He has a Metalliferous Mining (Mine Overseer) Certificate.


Patrycja Kula-Verster, Business Development Manager, JSE

Patrycja has been with the JSE for 10 years, of which most of this time has been spent focussing on positioning the JSE as an ideal listing destination. In her current role as Business Development Manager she is responsible for originating new equity listings for Main Board and Altx both locally and internationally. Prior to her role at the JSE, Patrycja worked in the financial sector in various positions. Her career started at Liberty as a financial advisor. She then began a business recovering international VAT and learnt a number of important entrepreneurial lessons. Thereafter she moved to FNB Business Banking where she managed a portfolio of business clients.


Cobus Loots, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Resources

Cobus has been a director of Pan African since 2009 and was appointed Financial Director on 1 October 2013. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Shanduka Resources (Pty) Limited. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and a CFA® Charterholder. He served articles with Deloitte & Touche, and was an Audit Manager with the firm before leaving to pursue a career in finance. Cobus’ experience includes mining specific acquisitions and finance, as well as the management of both exploration and producing mineral assets.


James Lorimer, MP and Shadow Minister, Mineral Resources, Democratic Alliance

James was born and raised in Johannesburg and paid for a BA degree from Wits University by working as a journalist at Capital Radio News. He worked as the South African correspondent for a number of foreign radio services including Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Services. He founded the radio news agency Network Radio Services. He also worked as Resident Advisor for Internews Network NGO in Indonesia. He has trained and consulted in Tanzania, East Timor, Thailand and South Sudan. He was previously Tony Leon’s spokesperson. James was elected to parliament in 2009 and has been the Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources since 2012.


Vusi Mabena, Executive, Grenac SA

Vusi Mabena recently retired from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa where he served as a Senior Executive: Transformation and Stakeholder Relations in the last four years of his tenure at the Chamber. Prior to that he was a Skills Development Advisor for nine years at the Chamber. He served the Chamber to the best of his ability, representing the voice of its members mostly in the area of skills development. Vusi started his career as a teacher and ended up in the management echelons of the Department of Education before joining the private sector as a literacy and numeracy skills facilitator in a gases company. He then moved to training in management development at different companies in the financial services sector. He was also the Head of Training and Organizational Development at a development finance institution. Vusi really cut his teeth in the field of training and development and gained a passion for people development. Whilst at the Chamber he was given the challenge of setting up the Emerging Miners Desk and when he left the Chamber had recruited more than 20 emerging miners. To pursue the challenge of facilitating the entry of junior and entrepreneurial miners into the mainstream mining sector he has taken the challenge of assisting an entrepreneurial miner, Grenac South Africa, to get its projects off the ground. Apart from a teacher’s qualification, Vusi also holds an undergraduate degree and three post-graduate qualifications.


Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

Peter Major was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 May 1955. His family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, the 'silver mining capital of the world' in 1961, where Peter grew up and worked through 1981. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in Jan 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. He completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing & Training Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. Peter began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he won 2 Raging Bull Awards, 1 ‘runner up, and was South Africa’s Top Fund Manager 2 other years. In 2001 as CIO he set up HBD Asset Management with Mark Shuttleworth, with assets of $530m growing to $1.5bn by 2005. In 2006 Peter joined Cadiz where he is Director: Mining, focusing on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.


Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Executive Chairperson, Kalagadi Resources

Daphne was born in Johannesburg, Soweto. In the aftermath of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, she was part of the student contingent that was detained by the apartheid security forces. Upon her release, she became a founding member of Detainees Parents Support Committee, which gave moral and material support to families of detainees and political prisoners during the 70s and early 80s. She was active in formation of United Democratic Front and, after the unbanning of the ANC, became the chairperson of the Soweto Sub-region of the Women’s League and General Secretary of the Soweto South African Communist Party.

She served on the National Committee of the Women’s National Coalition and was involved in the pre-Beijing and the post-Beijing process. She was active in the formation of Transvaal Rural Action Committee, an NGO fighting against forced removals and incorporation into the homelands systems. This experience matured into an active Rural Development career, with a special focus of rural women and culminated in the formation of the National Movement of Rural Women, which is still concerned with the rights and development of rural women. She remains committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the movement. She submitted the document “Minority Status of African Women under customary Law” and organised advocacy programmes around the implications of polygamy.

In 2001, Daphne together with her late husband, Stanley Nqobizizwe Nkosi, and other strategic partners ventured into mining and founded a company now called Kalagadi Manganese with interests in manganese. This initiative culminated in a R7 billion project which comprises of a mine, an ore preparation plant, and a sinter plant in Hotazel, the Northern Cape. The final phase of their plan, which will articulate the completeness of this project, will be the construction of a Smelter Plant in the Coega IDZ where the product will be further beneficiated to 78 percent High Carbon Ferromanganese. The smelter plant was estimated at R5 billion in 2014.

Daphne was nominated to study development economics in 1993, in Nagoya, Japan. She has a keen interest on gender issues, and encourages the business community to invest in improving the quality of life of poor communities and the nurturing of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Among other things, she is a strong proponent of infrastructure investment with spill-over effects on communities and has continuously proposed new funding models for entrepreneurs.

She is currently the Non-Executive Director on the boards of various companies, including: Eyesizwe Mining, Exxaro, First Rand Empowerment Trust, Interfile, Kalahari Resources, Metmar Trading, South African National Roads Agency Limited, Temoso Holdings, Women’s Development Bank Trust, and Women’s Development Bank Investments Holdings, among others.

Daphne’s success and business acumen has been recognised worldwide through various local and international awards which include the: The Black Business Council Baobab Award (2016), Motlekar Holdings Platinum Award (2015), Most Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in New York (2015); African Female Business Leader of the Year Award in London (2015), African Mining and Metals Deal of the Year at the IJ Global Europe & Africa Awards in London (2015), Africa Forum CEO of the Year Award (2014), International Star for Leadership in Quality Platinum Award (2014), International Star for Leadership in Quality Gold Award (2013), and IPM CEO of the Year Award (2013).


Humphrey Mathe, Chief Executive Officer, Tranter Resources

Humphrey is a qualified geologist with an MSc from Rhodes University and a PhD from the University of Natal, Durban. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Tranter Resources (Pty) Limited. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of Scinta South Africa (Pty) Limited, the Executive General Manager: Corporate Services at Exxaro Resources Limited and prior to that was the COO and Executive Director of Eyesizwe Coal (Pty) Limited. He has in excess of 38 years experience in the mining industry. Humphrey sits on the boards of Ferret Mining and Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd, Scinta South Africa (Pty) Limited (Non-Executive Chairman), Tranter Group of companies, Council for Geoscience (CGS), Wescoal Holdings Limited, Handa Copper Corporation (a TSX-listed exploration company) and Howden Africa Holdings Limited. He also serves on the Investment Committee of the Acrux Resources (Pty) Limited. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa.


Otsile Matlou, Director, ENSafrica

Otsile Matlou is ENSafrica’s Chief Operating Officer, Practice Integration. He is also a Director and Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department. As COO, Practice Integration, Otsile ensures the seamless delivery of effective solutions for clients across the continent. As Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department, Otsile’s expertise covers the circle of mining – from exploration, mining and beneficiation to downscaling and closure. His experience ranges from start-up exploration projects to well-established mining projects, and he acts for a wide range of mining companies in all mineral commodity sectors, including the base and precious metals, coal, rare earths, sand and diamonds sectors.  Otsile’s expertise includes advising on mining aspects of equity and asset acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructuring, and black economic empowerment transactions, as well as on distressed mining assets and on royalties in the mining sector. His experience further includes all aspects of regulatory work in the mining and petroleum (upstream) industries, for listed and unlisted senior, mid‑tier and junior companies, as well as for financial institutions with regards to resource-finance projects. Otsile has done mining title and transactional work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also advised on joint ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In addition, he has advised the Uganda Chamber of Mines in relation to the Ugandan mineral regulatory framework. Otsile is an instructor for the Black Lawyers Association and is a member of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law section of the International Bar Association. He is also an instructor at the International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence, where he has trained senior government negotiators and regulators from various African countries in regards to mining contracts, concessions and disputes. Otsile is regularly invited to present papers at conferences and seminars in the field of mining law, and he is widely published.

 


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

Paul Miller originally joined Nedbank Capital in 1999 following 5 years as a management consultant in the logistics, mining and financial services sectors.  He then spent the next 8 years building Nedbank Capital’s mining advisory business, advising clients on capital raisings, asset disposals and mergers and acquisitions.   In 2007 Paul was appointed the founding Managing Director of Keaton Energy, which was then a start-up coal exploration company.  Over the next 5 years he took Keaton Energy through an IPO and equity capital raising on the JSE, project financed and built a 2.4mtpa open-cast colliery and acquired and turned-around a distressed ultra-low seam anthracite colliery.  Paul re-joined Nedbank Capital in January 2013 as a specialist Mining and Resources Investment Banker with responsibility for growing the bank’s African mining finance business.


Jacob Mothomogolo, Projects Executive, Wesizwe Platinum

Mr Mothomogolo has got many years of mining experience in both production and project management on deep level mines and he holds requisite certificates of competencies. He has got experience in most mineral resources mines and has also been in the consulting business where he gained project management experience in large capital projects. His projects experience covered work in the SADEC countries of: Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
He is currently responsible for the development of the Wesizwe’s Bakubung Platinum Project, a greenfield PGMs mine project in the Western Bushveld. The projects nominal direct budget is R10,67 bn. Other responsibilities are to integrate all other support projects for: Process Plant, Water and Power Supply as well as linking the mine operational readiness program. There is also Continuous Improvement Program for the company that he directs and oversees.
He served as a member of the shadow board in one of the companies he worked for and recently acted as a CEO of Wesizwe Platinum. Mr Mothomogolo is an ex-chairperson of the mining technical committee and ex-member of council of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy- SAIMM. He is a member of the PAC of the Engineering Council of South Africa.
He is a qualified Mining Engineer with an MBA from UCT and a Master of Engineering in Project Management (M.Eng.) from UP. He also holds memberships in: SAIMM, ECSA (Professional Engineer) and IoDSA.


Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Adviser, Rothschild Mining Team, Rothschild London

Born in Egoli, South Africa, “the City of Gold”, Dr Fiona Perrott-Humphrey spent six years in financial journalism and academia in South Africa before moving to the UK in 1986. For the next 17 years Fiona was consistently rated as one of the top investment analysts in mining for major financial institutions in the City of London, ending up as Head of European Mining Research for SSMB, part of Citigroup. In 2003, Fiona set up her own consultancy to continue her favourite aspects of a mining analyst’s job. In 2006 she formed AIM Mining Research and together with ex AngloGoldAshanti C.O.O. David Hodgson and geologists Gordon Wylie, Peter Mellowship and Jan-Marten Huizenga, has published "Understanding Junior Miners" available as an ebook from www.aim-mining.com. The book aims to help investors, fund managers and AIM mining companies understand the specialist geological and mining issues facing early stage juniors in order to interrogate and analyse them. Fiona continues her role as adviser to Chairmen, Non exec’s and CEO’s of mining companies particularly in relation to investor perceptions and strategy. She fits in her consulting work, including two days a week with NM Rothschild, around hiking, gardening and travel.


Niël Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer, DRDGOLD Limited

Niël Pretorius has two decades of experience in the mining industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer designate of DRDGOLD on 21 August 2008 and Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2009. After joining the company on 1 May 2003 as a legal adviser, Niël was promoted to the position of Group Legal Counsel on 1 September 2004 and General Manager: Corporate Services on 1 April 2005. Niël was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ergo Mining Operations (formerly DRDGOLD SA) on 1 July 2006, becoming Managing Director on 1 April 2008.


Lepate Vincent Ramokate, Managing Director, VinMarsh GeoConsultants

Vincent completed his primary and secondary schooling at Bontleng Primary School and Gaborone Secondary School respectively between 1968 and 1979. He thereafter travelled to the then Soviet Union (currently Ukraine) to study geology at Kiev Geological Technicon where he acquired a High National Diploma in Geology with Distinction in 1986. Upon completion of his studies Vincent joined the Regional Geology Division of the Botswana Geological Survey where he worked as a Technical Officer responsible for field geological mapping. Vincent travelled back to Ukraine to undertake further studies at Kiev State University and he successfully completed his MSc. (Geology) in 1993. Upon completion he continued working as a geologist at the Botswana Geological Survey where he rose from a junior geologist to head the Regional Geology Division.
In 2005 Vincent joined De Beers Prospecting Botswana as a Project Manager responsible for early stage exploration and evaluation of kimberlites in the Jwaneng and Orapa areas. His good knowledge of the geology of southern Africa coupled with his ability to learn quickly made him progressed through the ranks to the position of Geology Manager where he was responsible for technical reviews and targeting as well as giving direction to the operational diamond exploration teams.
In 2014 Vincent retired from De Beers to start his own geological consultancy firm at VinMarsh GeoConsultants as the Managing Director. The company gives geological consultancy and investment advice to private and public companies as well as individuals (farmers) in diamond, base metals, precious metals, coals and groundwater prospecting.


Jacinto Rocha, Director, Mineral Investment Advisory Services

Jacinto holds a BA (Hons)(Political Science) and a BSc (Hons)(Geology) from Gustavus Adolphus College in the USA, a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mining) from Wits University, a LLB (law) from UNISA and a MBA (Executive) from the University of Cape Town. He is an expert in mineral law and policy. He has over 20 years’ experience in mineral policy and legal research, policy and legislative drafting and implementation. In addition, he has over 13 years’ executive management experience in the public sector. From 2012 to 2014 he served as Special Advisor [Legal Advisor] to the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Energy, respectively. He is a Co-coordinator and Lecturer on Prospecting and Mining Law (LLM level) at the Wits University Law School (Mandela Institute). He is also Senior Lecturer (Honorary) at the Wits University’s School of Mining Engineering (SOME) where he lectures on the mineral policy and investment module. He has lectured on mining policy and contract negotiations at the United Nations, African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in Dakar, Senegal. Jacinto is the founder and Director of Mineral Investment Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd. He is an admitted Advocate and a member of the National Bar Council of South Africa.


Muhammad Saloojee, Head of Tax Africa, KPMG SA

Muhammad specialises in Mining Taxation. He has also worked on entities with various energy and natural resources in the tax service line. During his 14 year tenure at KPMG, Muhammad had advised an array of clients on a number of ground-breaking transactions, some of them being the largest in their respective industries. Muhammad has experience in several industries including mining, power, food, financial services, private equity, manufacturing and industrial.  He also advised various clients on in-bound and out-bound investments, corporate re-organisations, assistance with tax objections and settlements, and general tax advisory assistance including tax opinions, advanced tax rulings and a liaison with Revenue officials.  Muhammad’s clients include a number of Private Equity Funds, Financial Institutions, Mining Houses, Parastatals, Large Industrial and Manufacturing concerns, etc. 


Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.

Hulme is a director of the firm and a mining attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector in South Africa and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. He has in-depth knowledge of mineral rights issues and BEE transactions in this industry. Hulme was previously the head of the mining practice at Werksmans Inc. and a director of the firm for eight years. He sits on the boards of various mining companies as a non-executive director and has a practical understanding of the industry, having begun his career as a Learner Official on the then Rand Mines Limited Harmony Gold Mine.


Keith Scott, Chairman, The MSA Group

Keith's principal role, apart from leading and developing MSA, is advising private and public clients on how to identify and develop mineral projects in Africa from a technical and commercial perspective. Keith has sat on the board of a public mining company and on several private boards of mineral exploration companies


Dion Shango, PwC Southern Africa CEO

Dion was appointed as Southern Africa CEO on 1 July 2015, the first black African to be appointed to the role. Prior to his current appointment he acted as Leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining (EU&M) Group. Since being admitted to partnership in 2008, he has led engagements on complex and multinational businesses and has serviced a number of large listed clients, mostly within the mining industry. He has extensive experience reporting under IFRS and of financial reporting in the mining industry. In addition to his experience in the mining industry, he has also enjoyed exposure to other sectors and industries throughout his career, by virtue of being involved in the audits of companies and organisations such as the South African Reserve Bank, Vodacom and MonteCasino. In recent years, his client base has included Exxaro Resources Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Sasol Oil, among others.


Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard is a Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists as well as a partner in THINKspiration. He served as non-executive director on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited and CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. He is the Chairman of the annual Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba as well as Vice-President of the AHi. He is Chairman and Managing partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company).


John Teeling, Executive Chairman, Botswana Diamonds

John Teeling has been involved in natural resources for over forty years having started in the emerging zinc industry in Ireland. In that time he has established or co-founded and listed fifteen exploration ventures in minerals and oil including Kenmare, ASA Resouces and African Diamonds which found the Karowe mine in Botswana. He currently chairs four listed explorers, Botswana Diamonds, Connemara Mining, Petrel Resources and Clontarf Energy. Botswana Diamonds is exploring in Botswana and South Africa. It has a joint venture with Alrosa, the Russian Diamonds company. Connemara is active in zinc and gold exploration in Ireland. It has 40 licences and joint ventures with Teck Resources and Hendrick Resources. On a different note John has been active in the renaissance of Irish whiskey. He built three distilleries which were sold to Jim Beam and has subsequently built two large distilleries north of Dublin. John was a lecturer in finance for twenty years in University College Dublin (UCD). He holds degrees from UCD (B. Comm, M. Econ Sc.), the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and he holds a doctorate from Harvard Business School.

 


Mike Teke, Founder and Chairman, Masimong Group

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 is presently the Non-Executive Chairman) to pursue other business interests. Mike was appointed VP of the Chamber of Mines in 2011/12 and on 5 November 2013 was appointed President of the Chamber of Mines. Mike was further appointed Chairman of the Richard Bay Coal Terminal in 2012 and is currently serving in this role. He serves on the Board of Rolfes, a JSE Listed Company and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Anchor Group, a JSE Altx listed Company. Mike is the founding and controlling shareholder of Dedicoal, a service-based mining and beneficiation vehicle, active in the South African mining sector. He is the Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder of Masimong Group, a diversified investment vehicle.


Praveer Tripathi, Senior Vice President, Atha Africa Ventures

Praveer Tripathi, Senior Vice President of Atha-Africa Ventures (Pty) Ltd (A-AV), holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Bharathiar University, India. He has more than 24 years’ experience in mineral exploration, project development and marketing of mineral opportunities globally, especially coal and manganese. He is well acquainted with various regulators of mining and minerals in Africa.

A-AV is a subsidiary of Atha Group, India, and the flagship company of the group in South Africa.

The mining right for its coal asset, Yzermyn Underground Coal Project, was received in April 2015 and executed in June 2016. Environmental authorisation and the water use licence were granted in June 2016 and August 2016 respectively by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Water and Sanitation. A-AV was also granted approval in terms of Section 48 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No 57 of 2003) in November 2016 to mine within the Mabola Protected Environment.

Investment in this project by Atha Group was largely driven by a free trade agreement, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) association and other bilateral agreements, which invited Indian companies to participate and invest in specific sectors such as mining and beneficiation.


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

Jonathan is a partner and Deputy Head of the Mining Sector Group at Webber Wentzel. He has expertise in the regulatory aspects of and transaction structuring in the mining as well as oil and gas industries. He also advises resources clients on international investment protection in Africa and compliance with international codes of practice applicable to the resources industry. Jonathan has presented to South Africa's select committees on Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Safety & Security on legislation applicable to the natural resources and payments sectors.
He has extensive experience in developing structures which afford international investors protection under bilateral investment treaties as well as other instruments under international investment law. Jonathan has served as the lead external legal advisor in Africa for MasterCard International working closely with the New York, Singapore, Dubai and Johannesburg centers. He also has extensive experience in black economic empowerment transactions as well as localization/indigenisation transactions throughout Africa. He has advised on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative's international best practice models and contributed to the International Bar Association's Model Mine Development Agreement Project. Jonathan has an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Anthony Viljoen, Non-Executive Director, Bushveld Minerals

Anthony Viljoen is a mining entrepreneur and founding shareholder and director of VM Investment Company (Pty) Ltd, a principal investments and advisory company with a relative bias towards mining exploration. He is currently the CEO of Bushveld Minerals subsidiary and ASX-listed Lemur Resources Limited and is also a Non-Executive Director of Bushveld Minerals Limited as well as MRT Group (Pty) Ltd. Anthony has been responsible for the establishment and project development of a number of junior mining companies across Africa, including New Kush Exploration and Mining (Gold, South Sudan), Coal of Madagascar, Greenhills Resources (Tin) and Eagle Uranium.

Prior to getting involved with the mining industry, Anthony spent several years in investment banking and has previously worked at Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital in London and Loita Capital Partners, a pan-African investment-banking firm, in their Structured Trade and Project Finance division. Anthony graduated from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg with a Bachelor of Business and Agricultural Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma of Finance Banking and Investment Management. He is also is currently studying towards a Masters degree in African Development Finance through the University of Stellenbosch.


Piet Viljoen, Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM)

Mr Viljoen started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and subsequently joined SARB as an economic analyst. He joined Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 as a portfolio manager and later moved onto Investec Asset Management in 1995. He founded Regarding Capital Management (Pty) Ltd in 2003 and is currently Chairman of RECM. He is also the executive chairman of the listed company RAC (Pty) Ltd and alternate director at Transhex.


Tim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Andiamo Exploration

Dr Williams is a Chartered Geologist and a Chartered Engineer. He has more than thirty years of experience in the mining industry ranging from senior positions in major mining companies through to junior exploration start-ups. He also has a strong financial background in major financial institutions. Tim has a PhD in Mining from Imperial College London following a geology degree from the University of Bristol. He has an Accountancy Diploma from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK and attended the Financial Management Program at Stanford Business School in the USA. He was initially a Captain in the Royal Engineers. The mining companies he has worked in, both in technical positions and in corporate finance include, in South Africa: Gencor, JCI, De Beers Consolidated Mines and Southern Mining; and in the Americas and Africa with Golden Star Resources and MDN Northern Mining. Financial services organisations he has worked for include James Capel (a part of HSBC Bank), Lehman Brothers, and more recently as the mining specialist at Ernst & Young in London. Tim founded Andiamo Exploration Limited, which is working on gold and copper mineral exploration in Eritrea.