2018 Speakers

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.


Jacques Badenhorst, Managing Director, Maatla Resources

Jacques Badenhorst is a metallurgist with over 25 years’ experience in operations and project development management of diverse mining projects, ranging from coal, gold, manganese, titanium to diamond. He is a Co-Founder of Maatla Resources and is responsible for implementing the coal business as the Managing Director. He has been the Managing Director of ASX listed Zamanco Minerals Limited and mineral processing company MRD. He is a member of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, Mine Metallurgical Managers Association and Institute of Directors SA. In the past, Jacques has worked for Grinaker / LTA Process Engineering and Anglo American Corporation and MRD, implementing and operating various medium and large-scale various mineral projects, including the 2.4 Mt Kangala Coal Mine and Sumo Colliery.


Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Zululand Anthracite Colliery

Vuslat Bayoglu is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Canyon Coal, a mid-tier coal mining company. He is the Managing Director of Menar Capital, 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.


William Black, Director, BSM Black

William is an Executive Director of BSM Black and holds a degree in Chemistry from the UK and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand.

William has over 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector followed by 3 years as a mining equities analyst and 5 years of Investment Banking experience at Investec Corporate finance on the mining team. Starting as a shift supervisor, career highlights include the development and commissioning of metallurgical processes, beneficiation projects, industry and market analysis at Implats. The publishing of a book on the global platinum industry in 2000, 2 years of managing a gold project in Tanzania and the financial and technical evaluation of various projects in the mining sector.

William has advised numerous mining clients on a number of transactions ranging from stock exchange listings, capital raises, M&A and BEE transactions, including most recently advising eXtract Group on its restructuring process.


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.

 

 

 


Nick Brodie, Chief Executive Officer, Galane Gold

Nick Brodie is a senior executive with extensive experience in Africa. Prior to joining Galane Gold, Nick was the CFO of Katanga Mining Limited and Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc. Nick is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and holds a BSc(Hons) in Geography.


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


Pravin Chetty, General Manager, Puckree Group

Pravin qualified as a geologist in 1990 from UDW, now University of KZN, before joining Anglo American’s New Vaal Colliery where he started his career as a geologist, responsible for mine planning and grade control. He received an Anglo bursary to study Mining Engineering in 1994 at the University of Johannesburg. He graduated in 1996 and was thereafter transferred to Kriel Colliery to obtain his Mine Manager’s Certificate. There he gained three years of underground coal mining experience.
In 1998 he moved to Kleinkopjie Colliery as the Senior Mine Planner. In 2000 he moved to Landau Colliery to fill the critical Mining Superintendent vacancy at the Kromdraai Pit, a mid-sized pit mining pillars with Truck & Shovel and a BE1570 Dragline. He was promoted to Pit Superintendent (Section Manager) in 2004.
In 2005 he was head-hunted by Xstrata SA as Mine Manager of their five mini-pit operations at Tweefontein Mining Complex. These operations were mined by contractors and included the boxcut for the now 12 mega ton Goedgevonden Colliery. In 2008 he was promoted to General Manager of the iMpunzi Complex, mining 45 million m3 of waste, and 11.5 million tons of coal.
Pravin joined the Puckree Group in 2017 as Head of Mining Operations and is currently responsible for mining operations at the Group’s Witrand and Bultfontein Collieries.


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.


Michael Cronwright, Principal Consultant, The MSA Group

Michael has 19 years’ experience in African geology from regional mapping, target generation and exploration drilling projects covering a variety of commodities including chrome, PGM, coal, gold, base metals and manganese. He is a competent person in pegmatite and vein-hosted lithium, tin and columbo-tantanlite. After completing his M.Sc. on the Alto Ligonha Pegmatite Province at Rhodes in 2005, Michael has worked on various tantalite, tin and lithium projects across Africa. 


Sandra du Toit, Executive, Investment Banking Client Solutions, 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.


Anton Esterhuizen, Director, PanEx Resources

Anton holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Pretoria) and Master of Science (Mineral Exploration), with distinction (Rhodes).  He received the Dreyer Award by the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (USA) for outstanding achievements in applied economic geology and was the first recipient of the Des Pretorius Memorial Award for outstanding work in economic geology by the Geological Society of South Africa. Anton has had a successful exploration career spanning more than 40 years in industrial minerals, coal, diamonds, base and precious metals, highlighted by discoveries of several world class deposits. In 1973 he commenced his career with Gold Fields of South Africa and in 1987 was a founder member of Pangea Exploration.  While with Pangea he was instrumental in the discoveries of the high grade Rhovan vanadium deposit, the Taaiboschspruit colliery, the Hillendale-Fairbreeze mineral sand deposits and the re-evaluation of the 16 million-ounce Burnstone gold deposit, all in South Africa.  In Tanzania he was responsible for the discovery of several gold deposits such as Tulawaka, Buzwagi and Golden Ridge, with his activities attracting major players into that country.  He was also responsible for the discovery of five titanium-zircon mineral sand deposits along the East African coast including the Corridor Sands ilmenite and Kwale rutile and zircon deposits. Now a director of PanEx Resources, he has generated a number of diamond and base metal projects throughout Africa and has worked on the development of rare earth, niobium and tin deposits. 


Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining

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).


Lance Hooper, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cobalt Blockchain

For the past twenty years Lance has developed a broad range of experience in emerging companies where he has played key roles as both an early employee and as a founder. Lance is a named inventor and has been intimately involved with the product development, business development and sales and marketing of several commercially successful innovations including the world’s first interbank email money transfer service. For the last decade Lance has held senior corporate positions and served as a director with private and public mining companies working in Canada, Peru, Afghanistan and the DRC.


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.


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.


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.


Bill McKechnie, General Manager, Snowden Mining Industry Consultants

Bill is the General Manager and a Director of Snowden Mining industry Consultants, based in Johannesburg and responsible for the company’s business throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is an exploration geologist with more than 43 years’ experience in the mining business, including 32 years with Anglo American and De Beers and eight years as head of De Beers’ global exploration activities. Bill was directly involved in the discovery and development of four new diamond mines in southern Africa and participated in various kimberlite resource sampling and evaluation projects on five continents. In recent years he has contributed to or directed the preparation of various competent persons reports, covering different commodities, for listing purposes as well as independent reports for finance institutions in a number of jurisdictions.


Daniel Moagi, Independent Consultant

Daniel is an Independent Consultant with a 22-year career spanning development financing, science/technology, nuclear industry, and manufacturing and engineering industries in both public and parastatal sectors. Dan has passion as turnaround specialist who excels at fueling change in organisations. Over the past two years Daniel has been involved in the diamond and energy industries.   Dan served as Senior Executive Manager: Pelindaba Enterprise with South Africa Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), where he was the head of its commercial wing. Prior to that he was the Group Executive of HR. Prior to joining NECSA, Daniel worked at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in various capacities for more than 8 years. His last position at the DST was as a Chief Operations Officer. Daniel’s early career roles include tenure as a General Manager and Manager with the DST, a Researcher with the Presidency and an Institutional Specialist with the Development Bank of Southern Africa.  


Fortune Mojapelo, Chief Executive Officer, Bushveld Minerals

Fortune is a mining entrepreneur with a strong exploration and development track record, Fortune has played a leading role in the origination, establishment and project development of several junior mining companies in Africa including New Kush Exploration and Mining (Gold in South Sudan), AfriTin Mining (Tin), Bushveld Resources Limited (Iron Ore), New Horizon Minerals (Iron Ore), Bushveld Platinum Limited (PGMs) and Eagle Resources Limited (Uranium). As Chief Executive Officer of Bushveld Minerals since its inception, he also serves as a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Lemur Resources Limited.


Matt Mullins, Director, Tecoma Strategies

Matt Mullins has 38 years’ experience in the minerals industry, as a Mining and Exploration Geologist, as a Consultant, in research, as a Mining Analyst and in senior management with a number of companies. He is currently an Independent Consultant specialising in resource optimisation and in mine technical and financial evaluation. Prior to this he was BHP’s Global Vice President for Mineral Resource Development, where he looked after brownfield exploration, resource estimation, reporting and governance, mine planning, geometallurgical engineering and major capital project governance for the Group. He designed and led the group productivity project for BHP. Prior to BHP, Matt held various positions in Randgold Resources, Geovaluation Services, Severin Mining, COMRO and Goldfields of SA.
Matt has direct commodity experience in iron ore, manganese, coal, copper, nickel, chrome, zinc, bauxite, heavy mineral sands, gold, diamonds and platinum, and has worked on operations and projects in Canada, the USA, Cuba, Suriname, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mali, the DRC, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, China, Indonesia, and Australia. Matt has had a strong involvement in stock exchange resource public reporting over decades and is currently Chair of the SAMCODES Standards Committee. Matt is a Past President and Fellow of the GSSA, the SAIMM and the AusIMM.


Jan Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Handa Copper

Jan is a seasoned industry veteran possessing a diverse range of skills acquired as an exploration geologist, mine manager and successful CEO of an intermediate-sized gold producer. Acting as Chief Executive Officer of AIM-listed Pan African Resources PLC, Jan oversaw its evolution from an exploration company with a market value of $30 million to a $550 million underground gold and platinum producer within a period of 5 years. During this rapid growth period, Pan African was one of the most successful junior gold mining companies in South Africa and among the first to pay a high yield dividend for more than five consecutive years. In his capacity as CEO, Jan raised over US$125 million in debt and equity to transform the company from explorer to producer.

Jan started his career with Gold Fields, one of the world's largest gold producers where he received an award as the best post graduate geologist. He also received the Rand Pioneers award as the best graduating geologist during his final year at university. Jan has held progressively senior positions with Harmony Gold, beginning as a mine geologist and advancing to the position of acting Mine Manager.


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.


Mashale Phumaphi, Managing Director, Shumba Energy

Mashale is an executive focused on funding and developing 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 projects in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He began his career as an engineer with Debswana Diamond Company based on Jwaneng Mine in Botswana. Mashale holds a Master 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).


Paul Ranamane, Group Executive Chairman, Opal Mining

Paul Ranamane holds a B Proc and LLB Degrees, Higher Dip. (Insolvency Practice) Dip. (Banking Financial Markets), Cert. (Competition Law), Cert. (Pension Law), Cert. (Notarial Practice) and a CIS. After completion of his articles, he worked as a Professional Assistant at Van der Venter Meiring Attorneys, where he gained extensive experience in aspects of corporate finance, commercial, litigation, insolvency, foreclosures, credit control, insolvencies and corporate litigation. Paul began practising as a director with Ranamane and Associates in 2001, a practice founded by him. His area of expertise and focus is in corporate litigation, commercial practice, civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions and administrative law. He also advises clients on local government legal matters. Paul is one of the founding Directors of Opal, and as such has been involved in mining since the company’s inception in 2012. He has been key in identifying assets for acquisition, acquiring greenfield projects, regulatory and legal compliance, capital raising and overall business strategy. He is also Opal’s representative at the Chamber of Mines.


Allan E Saad, Consulting Geologist

Allan graduated in 1979 with an Honour’s degree in geology from the University of Johannesburg, followed by a Master’s degree from the Potchefstroom University, South Africa. He was subsequently employed in the coal section of the Geological Survey of South Africa until he was recruited by Rio Tinto where he worked from 1982 until 2000.

During this period, Allan focused on mineral exploration mainly in Southern Africa, and gained extensive experience in various fields of mineral exploration including platinum, gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, manganese, base metals, industrial minerals and other metals and minerals. He was responsible for the management of most of Rio Tinto’s exploration projects in South Africa at the time and played an integral part in various discoveries which were brought to account. In later years he was appointed Business Development Manager - Africa for Rio Tinto and held this position until electing to establish own consultancy in 2000.

Allan’s services were rendered to numerous large and small mining and exploration companies and were focused both locally and abroad on project generation and management, due diligence and evaluation studies on various potential mining opportunities, as well as specializing in mineral tenure in SA. As founder and past president of the Foreign Investors Mining Association, he played an active role in formulating the new mineral legislation in South Africa.
Over the past few years Allan has discovered, promoted and managed a variety of mineral projects including the Doornhoek fluorspar project at Zeerust in South Africa (world’s largest fluorspar resource), the Estima Coal Project in Mozambique (a world class coal deposit exceeding 1.3 billion tons of coal), and initiated and drilled a major manganese project in the Kalahari, which is now the producing Kudumane mine. The first two projects are currently approaching the development stage.

Allan is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and is professionally affiliated to the South African Council For Natural Scientific Professions.


Keith Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Alexander

Keith Scott is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. Keith has been in executive management for the last 10 years, initially as the Managing Director of The MSA Group of mining consultants and latterly as the CEO of MOGS Mining Services (MMS), the RBH-owned mining services group.


Dr Mike Seeger, Director, MX Mining Capital Advisors

Mike is a Mining Engineer with over 23 years’ experience in mining operations, mine development and mining finance. He started his career with Iscor Mining and has worked with and consulted to major mining companies in Africa, South America, North America and Europe including Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo Coal, Exxaro, Kaiser Aluminium and Outokumpu. He was a co-founder of several junior mining companies in Southern Africa including Universal Coal and Injula Mining Operations and is a director of Botswana-based Maatla Resources and Phanda Resources in Zimbabwe. He is the founder and director of MX Mining Capital Advisors, which provides diverse financing options for mining projects and mining operations in many different commodities. 


Dion Shango, PwC Southern Africa CEO

Dion Shango 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 Dion acted as Deputy CEO and as Leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining (EU&M) Group.
Since being admitted to partnership in 2008, Dion 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, Dion 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, Dion’s client base has included Exxaro Resources Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Sasol Oil, amongst others.
Dion joined PwC in January 2000 after completing his studies at the University of Pretoria (B Com, Financial Accounting).


Errol Smart, Managing Director & CEO, Orion Minerals

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals. He has more than 25 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operations with experience in precious and base metals. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals, LionGold Corporation and African Stellar Holdings.  His senior executive roles have been on several boards of companies listed on the TSX, ASX and JSE.


Yathin Soni, Founder & MD, North Star Consulting & Coaching

Yathin is a seasoned corporate and investment banker, qualified in engineering and project management. Since 1997, he has managed large power, infrastructure and mining projects while serving major corporates such as Eskom Holdings SOC, Rand Merchant Bank, AngloGold Ashanti and BNP Paribas (France’s largest bank).

He was responsible for starting-up, resourcing and growing BNP Paribas’ South African Metals & Mining business into a significant profit generator for the bank. He successfully managed this business unit for 6 years before venturing off on his own to start North Star Consulting & Coaching in 2017, driven by a passion for people and a desire to build leadership excellence in mining.

North Star’s primary purpose is to contribute to developing a thriving and sustainable junior mining sector in South Africa. The company advises on new business development, M&A, procurement, capital raising, marketing and stakeholder management. In addition, North Star runs corporate finance skills training courses and is developing a leadership coaching workshop designed for corporate managers and team leaders.

Yathin holds a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of KZN and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria.


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 Chairman of the SBi. He is Chairman and Managing partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company).


Mike Teke, Chief Executive Officer, Seriti Resources

From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources, Mike has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore). Mike is the Chairperson and controlling shareholder of the Masimong Group and serves as Chair/Non-Executive Director at the Anchor Group, Rofles Holdings and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. He is also a past president of the Chamber of Mines and serves on the Council of the Chamber. In keeping with his passion to leave a legacy for the next generation, Mike serves on the board of the University of Johannesburg.