2017 Speakers

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. 

Graham Briggs

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 Diamonds 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

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).

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.

Boris Kamstra, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sipho Nkosi, Non-Executive Chairman, Talent10

Sipho Nkosi’s professional journey has enabled him to develop vast experience in the energy and coal sectors, both locally and internationally.

Sipho has recently retired from Exxaro Resources Ltd having served as its CEO since November 2007. Exxaro was born out of a merger between Kumba’s coal, mineral sands and base metals assets and Eyesizwe Coal, where Sipho was one of the core founders and served at the helm. Preceding this, Sipho was the Country Manager of ABB Alstom Power (SA), having previously worked with Anglo Coal and Ingwe. His four-year stint at Anglo Coal in the International Marketing Division provided the ideal backdrop for him to take on the key portfolio of Marketing Manager responsible for International Coal Marketing at Ingwe. This position involved extensive travel and provided Sipho with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the coal industry worldwide.

The insightful path that his career has traversed has enabled him to play a pivotal role in the broader mining industry. Sipho is a Past President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and has been serving on the Executive Council of the Chamber of Mines since November 2006. Prior to his appointment to Council, he played a meaningful role as a member of the Chamber’s Collieries Committee.

In addition to Sanlam, Sipho continues to serve on numerous Boards of Directors of blue chip companies.

“Today it’s an investment, tomorrow it changes a country.”

Upon reflecting on his impending retirement, this profound ethos instilled a renewed purpose in Sipho – to build an investment company whose first and fundamental premise is to do good and to look for broader societal benefit and long term value. Thus, together with a few like-minded business partners, Talent10 was formed in 2012 under the stewardship of Sipho Nkosi as non-Executive Chairman. With this key developmental philosophy as its foundation, Talent10 strives to create or acquire businesses that have long term sustainability and job creation accelerators as its key tenets.

Education and ongoing learning remains close to his heart. According to Sipho, “Further study after school is not the end of your growth. The pace of growth and change we are experiencing means that by the time you have finished studying, the world would have changed and you will need to reinvent yourself. Keep reading; keep learning”. Sipho holds a BCom (University of Zululand), BCom (Hons) (Econ) (Unisa), MBA (University of Massachusetts, Boston) and a Diploma in Marketing Management (Unisa). In addition to this, Sipho went on to complete the Advanced Management Programme at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Over the years, business at large has bestowed a number of prestigious awards on Sipho in recognition of his ongoing contribution as an astute business leader. After being announced as the Master Entrepreneur of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Award 2012, Sipho went on to represent South Africa in the Global Awards event hosted in Monte Carlo.

The Afrikaans Handelsinstituut also recognized Sipho with the Tinie Louw Award for outstanding Business Leadership in 2013. The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) presented Sipho with the Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award in 2015, for his substantial contribution to the South African minerals industry over many years as well as for his leadership role in the South African society. At their recent Corporate Dinner celebrating 40 years of changing the transformation landscape, the Black Management Forum honored Sipho with their most coveted Black Excellence Leadership Award.

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.

Muhammad Saloojee, Partner & Head of Corporate Tax, KPMG

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

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.

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 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.

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.