2016 Speakers

Stuart Ausmeier, Director, Concentrate Capital Partners

Stuart has more than 13 years’ advisory experience in South Africa across a broad range of strategic and financial advisory services. Most recently, Stuart spent 8 years at Rothschild in South Africa where he focused on the mining and financial services sectors, which included cross border M&A, valuation, project finance, capital raising, equity capital markets and investment advisory mandates. Prior to joining Rothschild, Stuart was employed at KPMG where he executed a number of strategic and financial advisory mandates post completing his articles.

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.

Sean Bennett, Managing Director, Elemental Minerals

Mr Bennett ACA was previously CEO of UBS South Africa and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa.  Mr Bennett joined SG Warburg in London in 1995 (now UBS Investment Bank). Mr Bennett moved to South Africa in 2008, with HSBC, where he was Co-head of HSBC Global Banking for Africa before re-joining UBS in 2011. Mr Bennett has over 20 years experience in advising a wide range of companies, state owned enterprises and Governments, including a number of large mining houses such as BHP, South32 and Sibanye. Mr Bennett has been involved in transactions around the globe as well as numerous countries across Africa. 

Wickus Botha, Africa Mining & Metals Sector Leader, Ernst & Young

Wickus is the Africa Mining & Metals Sector Leader for EY and an experienced partner with 20 years’ experience serving clients in the sector. Wickus is a Chartered Accountant and accredited to audit JSE listed, TSX listed and US SEC registered companies. He has worked closely with several mining & metals companies, ranging from some of the largest multinationals to the mid tiers, juniors, explorers and mining service providers operating across the African continent. He spends much of his time with clients evaluating prospective investments across Africa. He has a passion for working closely with clients to finding practical solutions to complex challenges. As sector leader, Wickus ensures that the various teams of professionals, located in the various mining hubs across Africa, consistently offer high quality in-country expertise and services to their clients.

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.

Stuart Brown, CEO, Firestone Diamonds

Mr Brown has over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects of the Diamond Industry throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration to selling and marketing of diamonds. In 2006, Mr Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group CFO – a position he held for over five years – and in 2010 Mr Brown was appointed Joint Acting CEO to run De Beers’s global activities in tandem with his CFO duties. Mr Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations. Mr Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

James Campbell, CEO and President, Rockwell Diamonds

James worked at De Beers for over twenty years, in senior roles including GM for advanced exploration and resource delivery (Global Mining & Exploration). He led a number of diamond exploration and evaluation programmes and small-scale mine developments, played key roles in corporate and strategic management and was Nicky Oppenheimer's Personal Assistant. James holds a degree in Mining & 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, Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK), a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA) and a member of the IoD SA. James is acting chairman of the South African Mzansi Ballet, chairman of the South African Ballet Theatre Trust and acting chairman of Common Purpose SA.

Tim Clark, Head of Mining Research and the 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).

Andy Clay, Managing Director, Venmyn Deloitte

Andy has more than 30 years of experience in the minerals industry, from field geology, research, and mineral resource management to commercial due diligence and evaluation of a wide range of local and international mineral assets. He has more than 20 years of experience working with commercial banks and financial institutions on transactions in the minerals industry, and has been involved in the preparation of numerous codes and rules for compliance and reporting in the public domain. He leads the Venmyn Deloitte team in mineral asset valuation and independent reporting on mineral asset transactions for the market.

Justin Colling, CEO, MCC Contract Mining

Chief Executive Officer of Eqstra’s Contract Mining, Plant Leasing & Rental division – MCC - Justin Colling has a National Diploma in Civil Engineering and more than twenty years of experience in the mining and construction industries, including eleven years contract mining in Africa and five years in Asia and Indonesia. In brief, Colling joined PT Leighton Contractors Indonesia as General Manager Mining in 2010 and was appointed President Director in the following year. Prior to that he was an executive director of Moolmans South Africa. Colling’s leadership approach is to drive change through developing and growing the employees and their skill sets, creating a ‘win-win’ culture and ensuring performance excellence and efficiencies are achieved by having the best team and most effective fleet mix. Leading the team to succeed in becoming the employer of choice, and building the Company to be the best globally! Creating a ‘win-win’ culture involves changing the way we think, work and behave to combine, expertise and experience, in an instinctively global perspective with a genuinely multicultural approach, enabled by collaborative relationships and partnerships that will yield practical, innovative solutions.

Kieran Daly, Co-Head EMEA Metals & Mining, UBS Investment Bank - Equity Research

Kieran Daly joined UBS as Co-Head EMEA Metals & Mining research in September 2015 and has been covering the SA mining sector as a top-rated analyst since 2007. Kieran, a mining engineer, previously spent 15 years working for Anglo American plc in its Coal Division where he had a number of roles in operations, commercial, business development and strategy.

Henk de Hoop, Business Development Director, Rand Merchant Bank

Henk de Hoop holds an MSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Delft, Netherlands, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He started his career as a Graduate Mining Engineer at Goldfields of South Africa, followed by 2 years at Sasol as an Explosives Engineer. He spent the next 12 years as a Mining Analyst working for several broking firms, covering gold, diamond, coal, diversified, platinum and junior mining stocks. He was rated the top platinum analyst by the Financial Mail from 2005-2007. He joined Rand Merchant Bank in 2008, and is responsible for business development for the bank’s Resources industry clients, covering equity, debt, debt capital markets, M&A, global markets and corporate banking.

Johan Dippenaar, Chief Executive, 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.

H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is the Chairperson of the African Union. She was the South African Minister of the Department of Home Affairs. She is a Member of the African National Congress National Executive Committee and National Working Committee. She is also a Member of the African National Congress Women's League National Executive Committee and the National Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa. 

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dr. Kayode Fayemi is the Minister of Solid Minerals Development in the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has the mandate of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the Nigerian Mining sector to contribute optimally to the administration’s priority agendas of diversifying the country’s revenue base and creating jobs and economic opportunities for Nigerians. He is also the chairman of the governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). He was formerly the Governor of Ekiti State in Southwest Nigeria (2010 – 2014).

He holds degrees in History and International Relations from the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University respectively, a Doctorate in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and is a Fellow of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan. His research and policy development interests include: Democratisation, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Governance, Civil-Military Relations and Regionalism in the Global Context. Amongst other academic and public policy engagements at home and abroad, Dr. Fayemi has lectured in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has also served as an adviser on Transitional Justice, Regional Integration, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Reforms and Civil-Military Relations to various governments, multilateral institutions and development agencies.

Dr. Fayemi was the founding director of the Centre for Democracy & Development, a research and training institute dedicated to the study and promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Africa. As a central figure in the coalition of civil society actors that resisted oppressive military rule in Nigeria, he was instrumental to the founding and running of opposition radio stations while in exile. His role in the struggle to restore democratic governance in Nigeria is documented in his book Out of the Shadows: Exile and the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy in Nigeria (CDD, 2005). His other publications include: Mercenaries: The African Security Dilemma, co-edited with Abdel-Fatau Musah (Pluto Press, 2000); Deepening the Culture of Constitutionalism: The Role of Regional Institutions in Constitutional Development in Africa (CDD, 2003); and Security Sector Governance in Africa: A Handbook (co-edited with Nicole Ball, CDD, 2004); Reclaiming the Trust (Amandla, 2012); Regaining the Legacy (Amandla, 2013); and Legacy of Honour and Service (Amandla, 2014).

Dr. Fayemi is a prominent member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria and chaired the party's National Convention Planning Committee that conducted the transparent and credible Presidential Primary election that produced the party’s Presidential Candidate for the 2015 general election and now President. He also served as the Director, Policy Research and Strategy of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. He has received several awards and recognitions at home and abroad, and holds the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye Gold

Neal Froneman was appointed an executive director and CEO of Sibanye on 1 January 2013. He has over 30 years of relevant operational, corporate development and mining industry experience. He was appointed CEO of Aflease Gold Limited (Aflease Gold) in April 2003. Aflease Gold, through a series of reverse takeovers, became Gold One in May 2009. Neal was primarily responsible for the creation of Uranium One Inc. (Uranium One) from the Aflease Gold uranium assets. During this period, he was CEO of both Aflease Gold and Uranium One until his resignation from Uranium One in February 2008. Prior to joining Aflease Gold, Neal held executive and senior management positions at Gold Fields of South Africa Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) and JCI Limited.

Justin Froneman, Senior Vice President: Finance Platinum Division, Sibanye Gold

Justin Froneman is the Senior Vice President: Finance, Sibanye Platinum, having joined Sibanye in September 2015. Prior to joining Sibanye, Justin was a Director in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse, based in South Africa. He was head of SA mining, being principally responsible for global precious metals equities and commodities coverage. Before Credit Suisse he was a director at Standard Bank Group Securities (SBGS) and Macquarie for three years and six years respectively. He has been consistently recognised as a top rated mining analyst locally and internationally and has been actively involved in numerous mining equity capital market transactions including IPOs, capital raises and debt funding deals. He was shortlisted for the global Mining Analyst of the Year award in 2013. Justin is a qualified CA(SA) having completed his articles in the mining division at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Johannesburg.

Chris Hart, Financial Market Strategist

A commentator on market and economic issues, Chris shares his views on South African and international events. He writes regularly for InvestSA, an intermediary publication, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences across industries and business sectors for his views on economic and market issues.

Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining

Dr. Antony Harwood (Tony) is an economic geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, in the UK with a BSc (Hons) cum laude and a PhD degree in Economic Geology. Tony is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Montero Mining and Exploration (TSX-V) a rare earth element focused company with itsflagship property, the Wigu Hill Rare Earth Project in Tanzania. Prior to joining Montero, Tony was President and CEO of Africo Resources, which he took to the TSX, raising $124 million during his tenure from 2006 to 2009. Prior to this Tony was Vice President Global Generative Exploration for Placer Dome Inc. from 1998 to 2006. Currently, Tony serves as a Director for East Africa Metals Inc. and Tesoro Minerals Corp. and was formerly Executive Chairman of Universal Coal PLC, Director of Adamus Resources, Endeavour Mining Corp, AuRo Resource Corp., Auryx Gold Corp, and Lappland Goldminers AG. Tony was founder of Harwood International, a geological consulting company, which he operated for 10 years and prior to this he held the position of lecturer at Cardiff University, UK and Natal University, Durban, South Africa.

Kevin Hodges, Mining Industry Champion, 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. 

Boris Kamstra, CEO, Alphamin Resources

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.

Michal Kotzé, Africa Mining Industry Leader, PwC

Michal Kotzé is the Africa Mining Industry Leader for PwC. He is also the business unit leader for our Energy, Utilities and Mining Assurance practice in Johannesburg. He is an experienced partner and has worked on many listed-client assignments as lead engagement partner. He has experience dealing with clients listed on the Johannesburg, London and Toronto Stock Exchanges (JSE, LSE & TSX). Michal has significant experience working with companies operating in Africa. Michal’s leadership skills were also recognised when he was selected to take part in PwC’s international leadership development program. As part of this program, Michal worked in India for a period of three months, during which time a road map was developed for the expansion of the largest eye care hospital in the world.

Andrew Lane, Africa Energy and Resources Leader, Deloitte

Andrew joined Monitor Deloitte as a Director following Deloitte’s acquisition of Monitor. He had joined Monitor as a partner, after being a partner and founding member of North Road Consulting. Andrew has led strategy, operational improvement, organization redesign and implementation projects in several industries. Andrew has specific expertise in mining, logistics and manufacturing. His consulting experience spans operational turnarounds, performance improvement, and strategy development for private, listed and parastatal companies. His strategy expertise spans portfolio strategy, corporate and business unit strategy, growth strategy, and sustainability strategy. Prior to founding North Road Consulting, Andrew enjoyed a successful career at Bain & Company in Johannesburg and London. During this time he led client assignments in various industries, including mining, car rental, utilities, revenue collection, general industry and media. He has extensive general management experience, having held senior positions at Nampak and Lithotech (a member of the Bidvest Group).

Richard Linnell, Non-Executive Chairman, Acrux Resources

Richard Linnell has been active in the mineral resources business for nearly 40 years and has significant global experience in the development and marketing of resources and commodities. He joined Middelburg Steel & Alloys as Marketing Manager for the Stainless Steel division in 1985 and was subsequently involved in the establishment of the Columbus Stainless Steel Project.   He then became General Manager of the Manganese Division of Samancor, a joint venture between the then Billiton Plc. and the Anglo American Corporation. Samancor had a dominant position globally in manganese and chrome markets. He then moved to head Billiton Plc’s Exploration and Development activities within Africa, and gained considerable experience in Guinea, Mauritania, Sudan, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, as well as South Africa. Richard retired from BHP Billiton in 2001 and made a successful transition to the junior exploration and mining sector where he has been involved in the creation, raising of funds, development, and management of several private and listed junior and mid-tier exploration and mining companies, including the roles of non-Executive Chairman and Director of companies listed on the Sydney, Toronto, London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.  He is currently non-Executive Director of New Kush Exploration and Mining, Acrux Resources Ltd, Wogen Resources SA Ltd and Nimag Pty Limited.  Aside from his direct interests in mineral exploration and mining Company’s Richard was the originator of the Bakubang Initiative, a Forum designed to revive the South African Junior Mining Industry which lead to the establishment of the New Africa Mining Fund. He was also a member of the Electricity Council (representing the mining industry) which was the forerunner of Eskom Limited before corporatisation.  Richard has a BSc (Hons) London External Degree from the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, which was then an External London College.  Linnell is, or was within the past five years, an officer and/or director of the following public companies: Brinkley Mining Company Ltd Chairman 2008 2009; Chrome Corporation Ltd Chairman 2007 2009; Coal of Africa Ltd Chairman 2001 2012; GRD MinprocLtd Director 2008 2009; IPSA Ltd Non-Executive Chairman 2010 Present; Mag Industries Corporation Director 2006 2011; Maghreb Minerals Plc. Chairman 2008 2011; Moydow Mines International Inc. Director 2007 2010; Namakwa Diamonds Limited Director 2003 2006; Rockwell Diamonds Inc. Director 2009 Present; Sacoil Holdings Limited Chairman 2004 2013; Gold Mines of Algeria Ltd Chairman 2005 2010; Falkland Gold and Minerals Ltd Chairman 2004-2010.

Vusi Mabena, Senior Executive: Transformation and Stakeholder Relations, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Since joining the Chamber of Mines in 2002, Vusi Mabena (BA Hons (UNISA)) brings his extensive experience and knowledge of training and education to the industry as the Advisor for Skills Development. He has several diplomas and certificates in Management, including his Masters in Management from Wits Business School. Mr Mabena started his career as a teacher ending up as a Head of Department in a College of Education. He moved to the Private Sector when he played an instrumental role in literacy and numeracy training and moved to Management Development at such companies as Afrox, ABSA, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and now at the Chamber of Mines. At the Chamber he started as an Adviser responsible for Skills Development for the whole industry and he serves on the Board of the Mining Qualifications Authority representing the interest of Employers. His passion for skills development in the nation saw him being nominated to serve on the Board of the National Skills Authority and he is currently a member of the Technical Working Group of the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa. Mr Mabena is now Senior Executive responsible for Transformation and Stakeholder Relations at the Chamber of Mines.

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.

Humphrey Mathe, CEO, 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 a director at ENSafrica and is head of the mining department. He acts for a wide range of mining companies in all mineral commodity sectors, including the base and precious metals, coal, rare earths, sand, as well as diamonds sectors. He acts for listed as well as unlisted mining and exploration companies. He also acts for financial institutions in regard to resource finance projects. Otsile’s experience includes all aspects of regulatory work in the mining and petroleum (upstream) industries, as well as aspects of acquisitions and corporate restructuring, as well as black economic empowerment transactions. He also advises concerning royalties in the mining sector. He has experience ranging from start-up exploration projects to well established mining projects. He co-authored the 2005-2009 Mining Law chapters of the Annual Survey of South African Law as well as numerous articles in the field of mining law for various leading publications. He authored the 2012 and 2013 South Africa chapters of The Mining Law Review (a Law Business Research Ltd publication). He regularly presents papers at conferences and seminars in the field of mining law. He is an instructor at the Black Lawyers Association and is a member of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association. He is also a former advocate of the High Court of South Africa as well as member of the Johannesburg Bar. Otsile is a member of the Presidential Mining Roundtable (Uganda) and is an instructor at the International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence where he recently trained various senior government negotiators and regulators from various African countries in regard to mining contracts, concessions and disputes. Otsile is recognised as a leading/recommended mining practitioner by the following reputable rating agencies and their publications: Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 – Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (South Africa), The Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2015, 2014, 2013 – Mining (South Africa), The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2015, 2014 – Mining (South Africa)

Paul Miller, Mining and Resources Investment Banker, 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.

Gerick Mouton, Vice President & Executive Head: Capital Projects, Ivanplats

Gerick Mouton, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, is the Vice President & Executive Head: Capital Projects for Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd (an Ivanhoe Mines Company). His previous appointments include Vice President & Project Director for Ivanhoe Mines, Project Director for Bateman Engineering Projects, Project Manager for DRA Global and Group Five. Gerick has been involved in the strategic development, implementation and execution of multifaceted mining projects on the African continent for nearly 20 years and has extensive knowledge in developing mining projects in challenging social environments. Gerick has completed various projects in Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gerick is currently studying towards his Masters in Philosophy (Sustainable Development within the Minerals Resource Sector) through the University of Cape Town. Gerick has been with the Ivanhoe Mines Group for 5 years and is responsible for the development of the world famous Platreef PGM Project in Limpopo, South Africa.

John Murphy, Managing Director, The Mineral Corporation

John is an economic geologist and corporate advisor with 25 years’ experience in exploration and mining across a spectrum of commodities and jurisdictions. He has worked in a number of African countries and is proficient in the evaluation of base metal, precious metal and energy minerals from early stage exploration through to feasibility and operation. John’s broad technical exposure and analytical business skills, honed in a senior advisory role, bring innovative solutions to The Mineral Corporation's clients. John was appointed Managing Director at The Mineral Corporation in September 2014, having joined the Board in 2006 and the Company in 2004. Prior to joining The Mineral Corporation, John’s geological career in Anglovaal Limited (latterly ARM) spanned 14 years of multi-commodity exploration, mining and due diligence roles for the Group’s operations and New Business initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Mineral Corporation is a leading senior advisor to the African and International minerals business, providing a unique combination of technical and financial skills and experience in mineral exploration, mine development, mine optimization and value creation across a diverse range of commodities and geographies, and for a diverse range of African and International minerals industry clients.

Jan Nelson, CEO, Xtract Resources

After obtaining his Honours degree in Geology, Jan embarked on a career in gold exploration and mining in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. He has over 15 years’ experience in the mining industry more recently as CEO of Pan African Resources PLC where he was responsible for transforming the company from an exploration vehicle with little cash resources to a 200,000oz per annum low cost, high grade precious metals dividend paying mining company. Prior to this Jan held positions in mine management and operations with Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Gold Fields Limited. Jan Was appointed CEO of Xtract in May 2013.

Hon. Gaolatlhe Godfrey Oliphant, MP, Deputy Minister, Department of Mineral Resources

Godfrey Oliphant was born in Warrenton Northern Cape Province. After completing high school in the North West Province, he pursued further studies in Economics.

He has held senior positions in South Africa’s trade union movement, including that of NEC member of the National Union of Mine Workers and Vice President of Congress of South African Trade Union COSATU, amongst others. He is currently serving as a member of the Central Committee (CC) of the South African Communist Party.

He became a Member of the first democratic Parliament in 1994. Has a long and illustrious career that included holding of several key positions and Chairmanships of Portfolio Committees including Labour, Science and Technology, Public Works and Communications. He also served as a member of the Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy for 10 years (1994 to 2004).

He was elected the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources on 01 November 2010.



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.

Mashale Phumaphi, Managing Director, Shumba Energy

Currently the Managing Director of Shumba Energy, Mashale Phumaphi is an executive focused on funding and developing mineral and energy projects in Africa. He was formerly part of the corporate finance team of a London based natural Resources corporate finance and issuing house. In addition to conducting investment analysis and research he has raised debt and equity finance for mining projects in both Europe and Africa. He began his career as an engineer with Debswana Diamond Company based on Jwaneng Mine in Botswana. Mashale holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Sheffield, is a member of the United Kingdom Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP) and is a member of the London based Association of Mining Analysts (AMA). Recently he held the position of Non Executive Director of a London based Coal Bed Methane Exploration company with projects in Southern Africa.

Niël Pretorius, CEO, DRD Gold

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.

Michelle Roth, Founder and President, Roth Investor Relations, USA

Michelle B. Roth is the Founder and President of Roth Investor Relations, Inc. (RIR). She has over 30 years of experience working in the mining industry advising companies on strategic planning, corporate governance, compliance and marketing. She is also a successful business owner and entrepreneur who has successfully managed a global consulting business through multiple investment cycles.  Ms. Roth’s creative and strategic approach has turned RIR into a well-recognized North American IR firm focused on the mining industry. With a diversified client list, she has advised large, medium and small cap companies over the years. She works extensively with CEOs to objectively assess their company’s strengths and weaknesses in order to establish accurate and effective key messages and maximizing their market recognition. She also focuses on continually improving disclosure and corporate governance.  Ms. Roth launched her career on Wall Street and earned an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York City. She is also a former elected official.

Allan D Saad, Exploration Manager, SA Flourite

Allan is a geologist with over 5 years’ experience in the field of mining and exploration. He holds a BCom degree from the University of Pretoria, a BSc degree from Rhodes University and BSc (Hons) in geology from the University of Pretoria. After having worked on various projects and commodities across Southern Africa he joined the team at SA Fluorite as the exploration manager, working on the world’s largest fluorspar resource, a position he currently holds. 

Abubekir Salim, Managing Director, Vunani Resources

Mr Abubekir Salim is the Managing Director of Vunani Resources which he co-founded in August 2012. Also a Director at Rietvlei Mining Company, Executive Director at Mulungushi Mineral Resources- Copper, Non-executive Director at Londani Coal. He is former Chief Executive Officer for Sumo Coal - May 2008 – May 2012.Sumo company under Mr Salim’s tenure, has established a number of subsidiaries in drilling and exploration, coal mining, beneficiating and marketing companies. Holds a BSc (Honours) in Geology Engineering Degree from Kocaeli University and also an MSc Rock Engineering  from the University of Witwatersrand, School of Mining Engineering. Has experience in Mining, resources sector, extensive contact base in Africa, Middle East, Europe and in seeking early stage exploration.

Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes

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.

Ben Smit, Managing Director, Piran Resources

With almost 30 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is currently Managing Director of Piran Resources, a Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten producer. He began his career in resources, managing mining and exploration projects in Malawi, Zambia and Angola. Subsequent to this he was General Manager for LSE listed Petra Diamonds in Angola, managed exploration projects for gold in Tanzania and Ethiopia and served on the boards of a number of public companies. He has an MBA from the University of Liverpool, focusing on western business on the African continent and is a Fellow of the Institute for Leadership and Management.

Fahmida Smith, Fuel Cell Coordinator, Impala Platinum

Employed at Impala Platinum since January 1995, Fahmida started her engineering career in the Precious Metals Refinery. After 5 years of production experience, Fahmida expanded her expertise in the Projects department where she was responsible for the optimisation and expansion projects as PMR Technical Manager for 10 years. Fahmida was then transferred to the Base Metal Refinery as the BMR Technical Manager for a further 3 years. The last almost 4 years has been focussed on beneficiation projects, fuel cells being a key focus area as the Fuel Cell Coordinator for Implats. After being an honorary delegate at the Mining Phakisa last year, Fahmida now sits on various committees (The IDC Steering Committee that is responsible for developing a South African Fuel Cell Roadmap; the Technical Steering Committee for HySA Systems and the Technical Steering Committee for HySA Catalysis) and continues to add value in the beneficiation of South African minerals and to the nascent Fuel Cell Industry. 

Rob Still, Chairman, Pangea Group

Rob has vast experience in mining, specialising in mining finance. He started his career as a chartered accountant, becoming a partner of Ernst & Whinney before leaving in 1986 to co-found Rhombus Exploration Limited. Since then, he has been involved in the mining industry worldwide and has held executive and non-executive directorships in companies listed in South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has participated in the evaluation and development of several new mining projects and companies including Rhovan, Ticor Titanium, Pangea GoldFields Limited, Southern Mining Corporation Limited (Corridor Sands), Metorex Ltd and Zimbabwe Platinum Mines Limited. Rob is currently Chairman of Pangea Exploration (Pty) Ltd which company provides information and analysis to Private Equity finance within Africa.

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).

Mike Teke, Founder and Chairman of 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.

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.

Chad Williams, Founder, President and CEO, Red Cloud Klondike Strike

Mr. Williams is the Founder, President and CEO of Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc. Mr. WIlliams has extensive experience in mining finance and management having previously held the positions of CEO of Victoria Gold Corp., Head of Mining Investment Banking at Blackmont Capital Inc. and a top-ranked mining analyst at TD Bank and other Canadian brokerage firms. Mr. Williams has been a Director of several emerging mining companies and was a founder of Agilith Capital Inc. (a fund) as well as Westwind Capital Inc. (a broker). He also serves as a director of the Denver Gold Group. Mr. Williams holds both a P.Eng. in Mining and an MBA from McGill University.