Past Speakers


2017 Junior Indaba


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

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


Stuart Ausmeier, Director, Concentrate Capital Partners

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


Marcus Bachmann, Director, Craton Capital

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


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

Sacha Backes is a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, mandated to provide financing and support to companies investing in frontier and emerging markets. In the mining sector, IFC can provide financing for activities across the project cycle, from equity for advanced exploration and studies, all the way to debt for project developments and expansions, as well as hybrid instruments for intermediate stages. Sacha has been with IFC for ten years - four 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. 


Roger Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Mr Roger Baxter is the Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. He was appointed CEO on 1 May 2015. He sits on the Chamber Council and is responsible for the leadership of the Chamber’s team in terms of implementing the Chamber’s strategic plan.  He was previously Chief Operating Officer and recently returned from a brief stint as the vice-President of Industry Analysis for Rio Tinto Alcan in Canada in 2012. Prior to this Mr Baxter was the Chamber’s Senior Executive responsible for Strategy and Economics and the previous Chief Economist. Mr Baxter has worked in the mining and minerals industry for over 23 years and has been intricately involved in most matters related to the economics of minerals and mining policy. Most of his work has focused on engaging government and other key stakeholders at a strategic level on the economics and competitiveness of the mining and minerals industry, including significant work on the policy issues that affect investment. For example, he played a role as a negotiator of the country’s new mineral laws, the new Royalty Act, the path-finding Mining Charter, the Presidential Framework Agreement, the Stakeholder Declaration and Job Declaration, and so on.

Mr Baxter has also been extensively involved in organised business through Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). He served two terms as chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of BUSA and was previously one of the business principal members of the NEDLAC Trade and Industry Chamber. He has been involved in an array of policy discussions on promoting investment including leading the business input to the Presidential Growth and Development Summit.

Mr Baxter completed post graduate studies in economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before joining the Chamber of Mines. He has played a role in the South African Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (on the Executive Committee) and was previously a director on the boards of the Rand Refinery, the National Productivity Institute and the Precious Metals and Diamond Regulator. He is currently the Chairman of the World Platinum Investment Council. He was a member of the Investment Analysts Society of South Africa and the Economic Society of South Africa. He previously sat on the Central Council of the Economic Society between 2002 and 2007 as the Chair of the Finance Committee.


Vuslat Bayoglu, Executive Chairman, Canyon Coal

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


Graham Briggs, Chairman, Birrell Mining International

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


John Bristow, Director, Global Diamond Network

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


James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds

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


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

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


Brendan Clarke, Head of Geology, The MSA Group

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


Alan Clegg, Chairman, Shumba Energy

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


Louis Coetzee, Chief Executive Officer, Kibo Mining

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


Paul de Kock, Director: Product Strategy, IsoMetrix

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


Lyndon de Meillon, Owner, Paleostone Mining

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

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

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

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

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


Chris de Vries, Managing Director, Venmyn Deloitte

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


Johan Dippenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Petra Diamonds Limited

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


Denver Dreyer, Chief Executive Officer: WorleyParsons RSA

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


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

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

 


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

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


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

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


Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining & Exploration

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


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

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


George Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Stonewall Resources

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


Ben Jones, Principal Consultant, CRU

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


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

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

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

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

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


Paul Khosolo, Managing Director, African Sun Mining

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


Patrycja Kula-Verster, Business Development Manager, JSE

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


Cobus Loots, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Resources

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


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

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


Vusi Mabena, Executive, Grenac SA

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


Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

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


Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Executive Chairperson, Kalagadi Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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


Humphrey Mathe, Chief Executive Officer, Tranter Resources

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


Otsile Matlou, Director, ENSafrica

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

 


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

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


Jacob Mothomogolo, Projects Executive, Wesizwe Platinum

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


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

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


Dr Mathews Phosa

Dr Phosa qualified with a Bachelor of Law degree (Mercantile Law) then Baccalaureus Procurationis, from the University of the North (BProc LLB (UNIN)) and later was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree (PhD (HON) in Law) from Boston University, USA in 1995. He served his legal articles of clerkship at Godfrey Rabin Attorneys from 1979 to 1981.  He subsequently established the first black-owned law practice in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in 1981 under the name Phosa, Mojapelo and Makgoba Attorneys and worked as a partner until 1985.

In 1985, Dr Phosa, was forced into exile by the apartheid government and a year later became the regional commander in Mozambique of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).  In 1990, he was one of the first four members of the ANC that returned to South Africa from exile after the unbanning of the party. After the first democratic elections in 1994, he was appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first Premier of Mpumalanga.  He held this position until 1999 after which he became a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC. At the ANC’s 52nd National Conference in 2007, Dr Phosa was elected Treasurer General, a position he held until 2012. Dr Phosa is the chairman of various boards, including Jubilee Platinum, SMEC, Hans Merensky, Vuka Timbers, Renaissance Capital, Bauba Platinum, and MCLI to name a few. 

Dr Phosa was the only recipient to receive two awards at the African Achievers Awards in Abuja, Nigeria on 8 July 2016.  The first award was for "Leadership Excellence in Africa" and the second was a "Lifetime Achiever" Award. Dr Phosa made history when he became the first man to be presented with an award by the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) at the 8th edition of the AWLO Conference in Washington DC, USA on 18 August 2016.  Dr Phosa was awarded the “African Man of the Year” Award in recognition of his tireless efforts in showcasing and supporting the creativity of African women.


Niël Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer, DRDGOLD Limited

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


Lepate Vincent Ramokate, Managing Director, VinMarsh GeoConsultants

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


Jacinto Rocha, Director, Mineral Investment Advisory Services

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


Muhammad Saloojee, Head of Tax Africa, KPMG SA

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


Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.

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


Keith Scott, Chairman, The MSA Group

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


Dion Shango, PwC Southern Africa CEO

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


Bernard Swanepoel

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


John Teeling, Executive Chairman, Botswana Diamonds

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

 


Mike Teke, Founder and Chairman, Masimong Group

In 2008, Mike left Impala to be one of the founding members of Optimum Coal and was appointed CEO of Optimum Coal. Mike was part of the listing Optimum Coal on the JSE in March 2010. In September 2012, Mike resigned as CEO of Optimum Coal (and is presently the Non-Executive Chairman) to pursue other business interests. Mike was appointed VP of the Chamber of Mines in 2011/12 and on 5 November 2013 was appointed President of the Chamber of Mines. Mike was further appointed Chairman of the Richard Bay Coal Terminal in 2012 and is currently serving in this role. He serves on the Board of Rolfes, a JSE Listed Company and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Anchor Group, a JSE Altx listed Company. Mike is the founding and controlling shareholder of Dedicoal, a service-based mining and beneficiation vehicle, active in the South African mining sector. He is the Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder of Masimong Group, a diversified investment vehicle.


Praveer Tripathi, Senior Vice President, Atha Africa Ventures

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

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

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

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


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

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


Anthony Viljoen, Non-Executive Director, Bushveld Minerals

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

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


Piet Viljoen, Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM)

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


Tim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Andiamo Exploration

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


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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.



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

Sacha has been with IFC for 7 years - three years in London focusing on business development for mining, and oil and gas, and thereafter three years at IFC’s headquarter office in Washington DC focusing on mining and infrastructure transactions. Sacha moved to IFC’s office in Johannesburg in early 2014 to focus on mining investments in 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.


John Barton-Bridges CEO, Jonah Capital

John Barton-Bridges has more than thirty years professional experience, primarily in the mining and infrastructure sectors. Born and raised in Africa, he left South Africa in 1985 and gained his professional experience in the United States, Canada and the emerging markets of Latin America, Central Asia, and Africa. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a M.Sc. from the University of London, Imperial College (D.I.C.), and an MBA from INSEAD, France. Following his MBA, John spent 10 years with the International Finance Corporation of Washington, D.C., where he was appointed Principal Investment Officer. While at IFC he was seconded to the Development Bank of Southern Africa in 1998 to head up the Private Sector Investment Unit of the bank, after which he spent 6 years as Vice President in the private equity team of AIG Investments. Since 2007 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jonah Capital Group, headed by Sam Jonah KBE, OSG.


James Campbell CEO, 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.


Sarel Daantjie Executive Chairman, Mvelo Minerals

Sarel Aliva Daantjie resigned from Anglo Platinum at the end of 2005 to start Mvelo in 2006. It was the first wholly owned Black company painting & cleaning projects for Anglo Platinum and Glencore. In 2010, Mvelo received its first big breakthrough at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult Concentrator where it awarded a Plant Cleaning contract with employee as local people. In 2012, Lonmin’s Supply, Chain and Enterprise Development gave Mvelo a second major breakthrough by awarding it an underground mining contract. During the aftermath of the Marikana Massacre, Tshediso and management (Lonmin Vice President Mining) took the risk to support and gave Mvelo an opportunity to start core mining as one of the black GLCcompony today. Mvelo is currently mining for Pandora (Joint Venture between Anglo Platinum and Lonmin) and employs in excess of 500 workers. To date Mvelo is a Member of SA chamber of mine and lost interest, platinum, mining chrome, coal nickel and other minerals


Henk de Hoop Business Development Director Resources, 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.


Alugumi Dzebu Senior Investment Manager: Partnership Funds, Anglo American

Alugumi Dzebu is the Senior Investment Manager for Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele’s Partnership Funds, and his responsibilities include managing the Anglo American sefa Mining Fund, which focusses on promoting mining-related investments in the junior mining space. A qualified geologist by profession, Alugumi has an Honours Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering, obtained in 2001 and 2010 respectively, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has extensive and diverse knowledge of the mining industry spanning from exploration, operational experience and funding. He has worked on a number of mining finance transactions both locally and internationally across multiple commodities. Alugumi also sits as a non-executive director on a number of mining companies.

 


Bruce Falcon Director, Falcon & Hume Inc

Bruce is currently a founder and director of corporate law firm, Falcon & Hume Inc. Bruce completed his legal articles with Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc, and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1996. After a brief period working in mining corporate finance in London, Bruce spent 4 years with the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure group of Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne, Australia. On returning to South Africa in 2002, Bruce established his own legal practice. Since then he has been involved in a number of significant corporate and resources transactions and has developed and maintained several close client relationships.  These clients include Australian, English and Canadian listed exploration and mining companies, corporate finance firms and several emerging and established South African Black Economic Empowerment firms. Bruce graduated with B Comm and LLB degrees from Wits University and an LLM (Corporate and Resources Law) from Melbourne University, Australia. Bruce is also admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Victoria, Australia and the High Court of Australia.


Noah Greenhill CEO, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings

Noah is currently the CEO of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings. After joining the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2000 as part of the Executive Committee in his role as the Senior General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, Noah Greenhill has been flying the flag of enthusiasm high. He is passionate about educating the business community about why the South African index is among the top places to invest, list and expect global size growth. His zeal and passion for investing in the local index was the driving force for his heading the establishment of the JSE’s AltX in 2003. He is well known as the face of AltX, the alternative exchange which attracts small, medium and growing companies. The painful birthing of the Altx brought fourth an index that  now  boasts over  80 companies with a market  capitalization  of over R30bn. AltX has beaten back the skeptics, bringing many new companies to the market and hundreds of new, mainly private, investors. While the JSE's previous attempts to host small, developing companies, the development capital market (DCM) and venture capital market (VCM), became notorious for poor quality companies, AltX has mainly captured good, solid, companies. His infectious enthusiasm for investing in African resource stocks doesn’t look set to change as he became the Head of Corporate Finance at Sasfin Capital (“Sasfin”) of Sasfin Bank Ltd. In his appointment he brings with him a vast network of corporate contacts and strong marketing skills, built up over his 12 years of heading the JSE’s marketing efforts.


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.


Ben James Managing Director, Baobab Resources & Capitol Resources Ida

Ben is a geologist with over 15 years experience in the exploration and mining industry. Graduating with a degree in geology from the University of Otago in 1994, he has since held exploration and development roles in a variety of terrains including the Archaean Greenstone belts of Western Australia, Proterozoic gold and base metal systems in Zambia, porphyry gold-copper deposits in the Romanian Carpathians and Ordovician orogenic mesothermal gold mineralisation in New Zealand's South Island. Ben has worked for various companies including Oceana Gold, RSG Global, Katanga Resources, Hill 50 Gold and Herald Resources. Ben joined Baobab Resources plc as Exploration Manager in 2006, joined the board as Technical Director in 2008 and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2009.


Christiaan Jordaan CEO, Regius Resources Group

Christiaan Jordaan holds a B.Com Law degree which he obtained from the University of Pretoria. Additionally he also completed the following Registered Person’s examinations through the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM): Equity markets and Bond markets. Mr. Jordaan is a qualified Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Compliance Officer. He started his career in financial services and has operated at senior management level until July 2011, specialising in risk management. Inspired by his special interest in private equity, commodities and corporate finance Mr. Jordaan co-founded the Regius Group to focus on transactions and projects in the mineral and energy sector. Mr. Jordaan is responsible for the day-to-day management of Regius Resources Group and specifically for all commercial aspects of the companies' projects in Mozambique.


Boris Kamstra Investment Executive, Pangea Exploration

Boris is a Professional Engineer with many years of investment, management, and operational experience. He has experience in a range of industries at senior executive levels including private equity, mining, venture capital and construction. He qualified cum laude from the University of Cape Town with a Civil Engineering degree in 1989. After which he commenced his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction becoming a director of that company in 1999. During 2000 he completed an MBA at University of Witwatersrand.

 

 

 


Paul Khosolo Managing Director, African Sun Mining

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


Paul Loudon CEO, DiamondCorp

Paul Loudon has a BSc (Hons) in economics and engineering and more than 25 years′ experience in stockbroking, corporate finance and management of junior mining and exploration companies. He has been President of Battlefields Minerals Corporation of Toronto and Chairman of BDI Mining Corp. He was head of Equities at Loeb Aron & Company Ltd, a London corporate finance house specialising in the mining sector, where he was responsible for raising considerable sums of equity capital for resource companies listed in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Mr Loudon is an Associate of the Securities Institute and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mines and Metallurgy. He resides in Kroonstad, Free State Province, and was a founder of DiamondCorp in 2005. 


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 Mining Policy Consultant, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

He graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. Peter completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. He began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst and then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he Top Fund of the Year and 3 Raging Bull awards. 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 focuses on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.


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 


Octavia Matshidiso Matloa Group CEO, Mukundi Mining Resources

Octavia is a Chartered Accountant with more than 12 years of professional and executive experience. She obtained her B.Com degree and B. Com. Hon and CTA from the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria respectively.  In 2003 she completed her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before joining the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, first as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Director: Management Accounting. In 2009 she was appointed by court as the first woman curator in the insurance industry. Octavia is a dynamic entrepreneur and executive who in 2011 was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2011 MTN Boss of the Year Award; and won the 2011 Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s New Entrepreneur after winning Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s Business Women of the Year in 2010. She founded various group of companies in various sectors ranging from auditing, training and development, mining, transport, financial services; and beauty, health and nutrition. Tsidkenu Chartered Accountants Inc and Mukundi Mining Resources are among the companies she founded and she is currently the Group CEO of Mukundi Mining Resources.


Ken Mekani Chief Executive Officer, Metallon Corporation

Ken Mekani has been with Metallon for 27 years after joining the then Lonrho Mining as Graduate Trainee Metallurgist in June 1987. After completing the Graduate Trainee Programme, Ken was appointed Plant Metallurgist. He spent several years in the group’s various operations where he worked his way up the ranks and was involved in major Metallurgical projects. In December 2012, he was appointed Acting COO for Metallon Gold Zimbabwe and in June 2013 was appointed General Manager for the group’s flagship operation, How Mine. From August 2010 to August 2013, Ken was non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee of Sabi Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. Ken holds a BSc. Metallurgical Engineering (1987) from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (USA) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Of Zimbabwe Graduate School Of Management (2006). 


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.


Mitford Mundell Chief Executive Officer, Namakwa Diamonds

Mitford Mundell is the Chief Executive Officer of Namakwa Diamonds, and Chairman of the Board of Storm Mountain Diamonds. He started his career in 1988 as Learner Official with Rand Mines, left the mining industry during the early 1990’s for four years to farm, and then worked for Harmony Gold for twelve years, from Miner to Mine Overseer, and then as Mine Manager in Evander, Kalgold and Randfontein, as Business Coach of the Randfontein region, and lastly as Group Manager of Continuous Improvement.   He joined De Beers in 2007 as General Manager of Namdeb and from 2012 as De Beers Group Lead of Business Improvements and Asset Optimisation.  He joined Namakwa in mid-2013 as CEO. Mitford holds a National Diploma in Metaliferous Mining, (Wits Technicon) Mine Overseers and Mine Managers Certificates of Competence (South Africa), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Buckinghamshire Chilterns), CPLD (Wits University) and Executive Specialised Masters Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change (HEC Paris & Oxford Said Business School).


Niël Pretorius CEO, DRD Gold

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 legal adviser, he 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.


Kerwin Rana Executive Chairman, Sunbird Energy and Managing Director, Umbono Capital

Kerwin has 20 years of minerals and energy resource industry experience in Southern and East Africa including being the Head of New Business for De Beers and was a founding director and Executive Chairman of Sunbird Energy Limited (“Sunbird”) in 2011. Sunbird is an ASX-listed (ASX:SNY) gas explorer and developer focused on southern Africa where limited domestic gas supply and growing energy needs have created significant opportunity for the development of large scale energy projects. Kerwin is also Managing Director of Umbono Capital Partners (Pty) Limited (“Umbono”). Umbono is a black-owned natural resources and energy investment and project development company that has been in business for over 17 years with a diverse portfolio of interests across the resources and energy sectors in South Africa, across Africa, Europe and North America. Kerwin was formerly a non-executive director of the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (“SADPMR”).  


Laurence Robb CEO, Lerama Resources

Before moving to the UK, Laurence Robb was Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and between 2001-2005,  also Director of its Economic Geology Research Institute. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. He has worked for over 30 years on many the great mineral districts of the African continent and is currently involved in research on the metallogeny of Myanmar/Burma and also the Western Sahara. He is the author of the text book ‘Introduction to Ore Forming Processes’ that is widely used all over the world. He served a term as President of the Geological Society of South Africa in 1999-2000 and has also been a Vice-President for the African region of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and a Chartered Geologist. Together with its co-founders, Ido Lekota, Archie Rantao and Sam Madiba, Laurence helped establish Lerama Resources in 2005 and is currently CEO of the company. For the past decade Lerama has targeted  the acid phase of the Bushveld Complex for IOCG style deposits and is currently exploring and evaluating 4 prospecting rights in the eastern Bushveld.  


Brendan Robinson CEO, Tshipi é Ntle

Mr Robinson holds honours degrees in both accounting and financial planning and also holds a masters’ degree in financial management. Mr Robinson started his career at Deloitte and Touche as a member of the Financial Institution Services Team, where he specialised in private equity advisory services and where he discovered his passion for setting up new businesses. Upon admission as a CA (SA), he founded an audit and financial advisory practice called Du Toit, Minnaar and Robinson Inc., which specialised in transaction support, valuations, taxation and financial planning. In 2008, Mr Robinson joined Questco, South Africa’s largest independent resource corporate finance focused advisory boutique. The following year, he was promoted to an equity partner and director. Mr Robinson qualified as a JSE Approved Executive in 2009 and acted as Designated Advisor to a number of AltX listed companies through which he became a specialist in the field of corporate governance. He was involved in the equity raising that funded the Tshipi Borwa Mine project and officially filled the position of Tshipi’s inaugural Chief Financial Officer in November 2011 and subsequently became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. Mr Robinson is passionate about business, talent and leadership development.


Jacinto Rocha Senior Lecturer, Wits Mining School

He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits University School of Mining Engineering and an Independent Mineral Law and Policy Consultant. He is a Guest Lecturer  on the Prospecting and Mining Law  course at the Mandela Institute School of Law. He was formerly employed at the Department of Minerals and Energy as the Deputy Director-General: Mineral Regulation. Jacinto, is the principal drafter of the Mineral and Petroleum resources Development Act, 2002 and played a key role in the development of the Mineral and Mining Policy of South Africa. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the National Bar Council of South Africa, the Compliance Institute SA and the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification.


Michelle Roth 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.


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. 


Keith Scott Managing Director, The MSA Group

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


Ben Smit Director, Pella Resources and Chairman, Aurigin Resources

With more than 25 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is a cofounder and a Director of Pella Resources together with Adonis Pouroulis. 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. 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.


David Spencer Chairman, General Exploration Limited, Tanzania

68. BSc Metallurgy (Swansea), MSc Management (Warwick) and CIMA. 22 years working in Africa. 28 years mining and exploration. Built  Zari Exploration Ltd over 10 years to sale for $18.5m in 2012 (11,000% and 2,000% profit for investors). General Exploration Ltd built up over the last 3 years focused on early stage gold exploration in the  Lake Victoria Goldfield in Tanzania.


Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard Swanepoel is the chairman of The Joburg Indaba and The Junior Indaba. Bernard holds BSc (Min Eng) and BCom (Hons) degrees and started his career with Gengold in 1983, culminating in his appointment as general manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993. After joining Randgold in 1995 as MD of the Harmony mine, Bernard became CEO of Harmony from 1997 to 2007. Bernard is a non-executive board member of Sanlam and ARM and founding partner of To The Point Growth Specialists. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited on 8 August 2013.


Mike Teke Executive Chairman, Masimong Group

In 2008, Mike left Impala to be one of the founding members of Optimum Coal and was appointed CEO of Optimum Coal. Mike was part of the  listing Optimum Coal on the JSE in March 2010. In September 2012, Mike resigned as CEO of Optimum Coal(and is presently the Non-Executive Chairman) to pursue other business interests. Mike was appointed VP of the Chamber of Mines in 2011/12 and on 5 November 2013 was appointed President of the Chamber of Mines. Mike was further appointed Chairman of the Richard Bay Coal Terminal in 2012 and is currently serving in this role. He serves on the Board of Rolfes, a JSE Listed Company and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Anchor Group, a JSE Altx listed Company. Mike is the founding and controlling shareholder of Dedicoal, a service-based mining and beneficiation vehicle, active in the South African mining sector. He is the Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder of Masimong Group, a diversified investment vehicle.


John Wallington

 

 

Former CEO of Coal of Africa, John Wallington has in the past held the position of Global Chief Executive for the Anglo Coal division of Anglo American plc and has also held board positions with Firestone Energy Ltd and Keaton Energy Holdings Limited.

John holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He has participated in executive programmes at both the London and Harvard business schools.

 

 


Tim Williams CEO, 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 geology degree from the University of Bristol, and a PhD in Mining from Imperial College London. He has an Accountancy Diploma from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK and completed a 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 and De Beers Consolidated Mines; and for Golden Star in the USA. Financial organisations he has worked for include: James Capel (then a part of HSBC) and Lehman Brothers, and more recently Ernst & Young in London. Tim is now dedicated full-time to ensuring the success of Andiamo Exploration Limited, which has an exciting 230km² mineral exploration licence in the Haykota area of Eritrea. Andiamo has obtained finance in difficult market conditions and is continuing to pursue a vigorous and successful exploration program for both gold and copper mineralisation.

 


Bruce Williamson Lead Fund Manager, Imara African Resources Fund

After completing a B. Com (Accounts and Economics) at the University of Cape Town he joined the investment world and worked as a gold analyst for Ed. Hern, Rudolph, JD Anderson (SBC Warburg) and ABN Amro. During an eight year period he was rated in the top three gold analysts in the Financial Mail survey and achieved top ranking in 1992.  He joined Imara Asset Management in 2008 and is the lead fund manager of the Imara African Resources Fund. It is a BVI registered, long only US Dollar fund that invests in listed mining, agriculture, oil and gas companies whose businesses are predominantly in Africa.


2015 Junior Indaba


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

Sacha has been with IFC for 7 years - three years in London focusing on business development for mining, and oil and gas, and thereafter three years at IFC’s headquarter office in Washington DC focusing on mining and infrastructure transactions. Sacha moved to IFC’s office in Johannesburg in early 2014 to focus on mining investments in 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.


John Barton-Bridges, CEO, Jonah Capital

John Barton-Bridges has more than thirty years professional experience, primarily in the mining and infrastructure sectors. Born and raised in Africa, he left South Africa in 1985 and gained his professional experience in the United States, Canada and the emerging markets of Latin America, Central Asia, and Africa. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a M.Sc. from the University of London, Imperial College (D.I.C.), and an MBA from INSEAD, France. Following his MBA, John spent 10 years with the International Finance Corporation of Washington, D.C., where he was appointed Principal Investment Officer. While at IFC he was seconded to the Development Bank of Southern Africa in 1998 to head up the Private Sector Investment Unit of the bank, after which he spent 6 years as Vice President in the private equity team of AIG Investments. Since 2007 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jonah Capital Group, headed by Sam Jonah KBE, OSG.


James Campbell, CEO, 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.


Sarel Daantjie, Executive Chairman, Mvelo Minerals

Sarel Aliva Daantjie resigned from Anglo Platinum at the end of 2005 to start Mvelo in 2006. It was the first wholly owned Black company painting & cleaning projects for Anglo Platinum and Glencore. In 2010, Mvelo received its first big breakthrough at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult Concentrator where it awarded a Plant Cleaning contract with employee as local people. In 2012, Lonmin’s Supply, Chain and Enterprise Development gave Mvelo a second major breakthrough by awarding it an underground mining contract. During the aftermath of the Marikana Massacre, Tshediso and management (Lonmin Vice President Mining) took the risk to support and gave Mvelo an opportunity to start core mining as one of the black GLCcompony today. Mvelo is currently mining for Pandora (Joint Venture between Anglo Platinum and Lonmin) and employs in excess of 500 workers. To date Mvelo is a Member of SA chamber of mine and lost interest, platinum, mining chrome, coal nickel and other minerals


Henk de Hoop, Business Development Director Resources, 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.


Alugumi Dzebu, Senior Investment Manager: Partnership Funds, Anglo American

Alugumi Dzebu is the Senior Investment Manager for Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele’s Partnership Funds, and his responsibilities include managing the Anglo American sefa Mining Fund, which focusses on promoting mining-related investments in the junior mining space. A qualified geologist by profession, Alugumi has an Honours Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering, obtained in 2001 and 2010 respectively, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has extensive and diverse knowledge of the mining industry spanning from exploration, operational experience and funding. He has worked on a number of mining finance transactions both locally and internationally across multiple commodities. Alugumi also sits as a non-executive director on a number of mining companies.

 


Bruce Falcon, Director, Falcon & Hume Inc

Bruce is currently a founder and director of corporate law firm, Falcon & Hume Inc. Bruce completed his legal articles with Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc, and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1996. After a brief period working in mining corporate finance in London, Bruce spent 4 years with the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure group of Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne, Australia. On returning to South Africa in 2002, Bruce established his own legal practice. Since then he has been involved in a number of significant corporate and resources transactions and has developed and maintained several close client relationships.  These clients include Australian, English and Canadian listed exploration and mining companies, corporate finance firms and several emerging and established South African Black Economic Empowerment firms. Bruce graduated with B Comm and LLB degrees from Wits University and an LLM (Corporate and Resources Law) from Melbourne University, Australia. Bruce is also admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Victoria, Australia and the High Court of Australia.


Noah Greenhill, CEO, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings

Noah is currently the CEO of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings. After joining the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2000 as part of the Executive Committee in his role as the Senior General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, Noah Greenhill has been flying the flag of enthusiasm high. He is passionate about educating the business community about why the South African index is among the top places to invest, list and expect global size growth. His zeal and passion for investing in the local index was the driving force for his heading the establishment of the JSE’s AltX in 2003. He is well known as the face of AltX, the alternative exchange which attracts small, medium and growing companies. The painful birthing of the Altx brought fourth an index that  now  boasts over  80 companies with a market  capitalization  of over R30bn. AltX has beaten back the skeptics, bringing many new companies to the market and hundreds of new, mainly private, investors. While the JSE's previous attempts to host small, developing companies, the development capital market (DCM) and venture capital market (VCM), became notorious for poor quality companies, AltX has mainly captured good, solid, companies. His infectious enthusiasm for investing in African resource stocks doesn’t look set to change as he became the Head of Corporate Finance at Sasfin Capital (“Sasfin”) of Sasfin Bank Ltd. In his appointment he brings with him a vast network of corporate contacts and strong marketing skills, built up over his 12 years of heading the JSE’s marketing efforts.


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.


Ben James, Managing Director, Baobab Resources & Capitol Resources Ida

Ben is a geologist with over 15 years experience in the exploration and mining industry. Graduating with a degree in geology from the University of Otago in 1994, he has since held exploration and development roles in a variety of terrains including the Archaean Greenstone belts of Western Australia, Proterozoic gold and base metal systems in Zambia, porphyry gold-copper deposits in the Romanian Carpathians and Ordovician orogenic mesothermal gold mineralisation in New Zealand's South Island. Ben has worked for various companies including Oceana Gold, RSG Global, Katanga Resources, Hill 50 Gold and Herald Resources. Ben joined Baobab Resources plc as Exploration Manager in 2006, joined the board as Technical Director in 2008 and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2009.


Christiaan Jordaan, CEO, Regius Resources Group

Christiaan Jordaan holds a B.Com Law degree which he obtained from the University of Pretoria. Additionally he also completed the following Registered Person’s examinations through the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM): Equity markets and Bond markets. Mr. Jordaan is a qualified Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Compliance Officer. He started his career in financial services and has operated at senior management level until July 2011, specialising in risk management. Inspired by his special interest in private equity, commodities and corporate finance Mr. Jordaan co-founded the Regius Group to focus on transactions and projects in the mineral and energy sector. Mr. Jordaan is responsible for the day-to-day management of Regius Resources Group and specifically for all commercial aspects of the companies' projects in Mozambique.


Boris Kamstra, Investment Executive, Pangea Exploration

Boris is a Professional Engineer with many years of investment, management, and operational experience. He has experience in a range of industries at senior executive levels including private equity, mining, venture capital and construction. He qualified cum laude from the University of Cape Town with a Civil Engineering degree in 1989. After which he commenced his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction becoming a director of that company in 1999. During 2000 he completed an MBA at University of Witwatersrand.

 

 

 


Paul Khosolo, Managing Director, African Sun Mining

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


Paul Loudon, CEO, DiamondCorp

Paul Loudon has a BSc (Hons) in economics and engineering and more than 25 years′ experience in stockbroking, corporate finance and management of junior mining and exploration companies. He has been President of Battlefields Minerals Corporation of Toronto and Chairman of BDI Mining Corp. He was head of Equities at Loeb Aron & Company Ltd, a London corporate finance house specialising in the mining sector, where he was responsible for raising considerable sums of equity capital for resource companies listed in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Mr Loudon is an Associate of the Securities Institute and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mines and Metallurgy. He resides in Kroonstad, Free State Province, and was a founder of DiamondCorp in 2005. 


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, Mining Policy Consultant, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

He graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. Peter completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. He began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst and then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he Top Fund of the Year and 3 Raging Bull awards. 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 focuses on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.


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 


Octavia Matshidiso Matloa, Group CEO, Mukundi Mining Resources

Octavia is a Chartered Accountant with more than 12 years of professional and executive experience. She obtained her B.Com degree and B. Com. Hon and CTA from the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria respectively.  In 2003 she completed her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before joining the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, first as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Director: Management Accounting. In 2009 she was appointed by court as the first woman curator in the insurance industry. Octavia is a dynamic entrepreneur and executive who in 2011 was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2011 MTN Boss of the Year Award; and won the 2011 Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s New Entrepreneur after winning Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s Business Women of the Year in 2010. She founded various group of companies in various sectors ranging from auditing, training and development, mining, transport, financial services; and beauty, health and nutrition. Tsidkenu Chartered Accountants Inc and Mukundi Mining Resources are among the companies she founded and she is currently the Group CEO of Mukundi Mining Resources.


Ken Mekani, Chief Executive Officer, Metallon Corporation

Ken Mekani has been with Metallon for 27 years after joining the then Lonrho Mining as Graduate Trainee Metallurgist in June 1987. After completing the Graduate Trainee Programme, Ken was appointed Plant Metallurgist. He spent several years in the group’s various operations where he worked his way up the ranks and was involved in major Metallurgical projects. In December 2012, he was appointed Acting COO for Metallon Gold Zimbabwe and in June 2013 was appointed General Manager for the group’s flagship operation, How Mine. From August 2010 to August 2013, Ken was non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee of Sabi Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. Ken holds a BSc. Metallurgical Engineering (1987) from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (USA) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Of Zimbabwe Graduate School Of Management (2006). 


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.


Mitford Mundell, Chief Executive Officer, Namakwa Diamonds

Mitford Mundell is the Chief Executive Officer of Namakwa Diamonds, and Chairman of the Board of Storm Mountain Diamonds. He started his career in 1988 as Learner Official with Rand Mines, left the mining industry during the early 1990’s for four years to farm, and then worked for Harmony Gold for twelve years, from Miner to Mine Overseer, and then as Mine Manager in Evander, Kalgold and Randfontein, as Business Coach of the Randfontein region, and lastly as Group Manager of Continuous Improvement.   He joined De Beers in 2007 as General Manager of Namdeb and from 2012 as De Beers Group Lead of Business Improvements and Asset Optimisation.  He joined Namakwa in mid-2013 as CEO. Mitford holds a National Diploma in Metaliferous Mining, (Wits Technicon) Mine Overseers and Mine Managers Certificates of Competence (South Africa), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Buckinghamshire Chilterns), CPLD (Wits University) and Executive Specialised Masters Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change (HEC Paris & Oxford Said Business School).


Niël Pretorius, CEO, DRD Gold

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 legal adviser, he 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.


Kerwin Rana, Executive Chairman, Sunbird Energy and Managing Director, Umbono Capital

Kerwin has 20 years of minerals and energy resource industry experience in Southern and East Africa including being the Head of New Business for De Beers and was a founding director and Executive Chairman of Sunbird Energy Limited (“Sunbird”) in 2011. Sunbird is an ASX-listed (ASX:SNY) gas explorer and developer focused on southern Africa where limited domestic gas supply and growing energy needs have created significant opportunity for the development of large scale energy projects. Kerwin is also Managing Director of Umbono Capital Partners (Pty) Limited (“Umbono”). Umbono is a black-owned natural resources and energy investment and project development company that has been in business for over 17 years with a diverse portfolio of interests across the resources and energy sectors in South Africa, across Africa, Europe and North America. Kerwin was formerly a non-executive director of the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (“SADPMR”).  


Laurence Robb, CEO, Lerama Resources

Before moving to the UK, Laurence Robb was Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and between 2001-2005,  also Director of its Economic Geology Research Institute. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. He has worked for over 30 years on many the great mineral districts of the African continent and is currently involved in research on the metallogeny of Myanmar/Burma and also the Western Sahara. He is the author of the text book ‘Introduction to Ore Forming Processes’ that is widely used all over the world. He served a term as President of the Geological Society of South Africa in 1999-2000 and has also been a Vice-President for the African region of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and a Chartered Geologist. Together with its co-founders, Ido Lekota, Archie Rantao and Sam Madiba, Laurence helped establish Lerama Resources in 2005 and is currently CEO of the company. For the past decade Lerama has targeted  the acid phase of the Bushveld Complex for IOCG style deposits and is currently exploring and evaluating 4 prospecting rights in the eastern Bushveld.  


Brendan Robinson, CEO, Tshipi é Ntle

Mr Robinson holds honours degrees in both accounting and financial planning and also holds a masters’ degree in financial management. Mr Robinson started his career at Deloitte and Touche as a member of the Financial Institution Services Team, where he specialised in private equity advisory services and where he discovered his passion for setting up new businesses. Upon admission as a CA (SA), he founded an audit and financial advisory practice called Du Toit, Minnaar and Robinson Inc., which specialised in transaction support, valuations, taxation and financial planning. In 2008, Mr Robinson joined Questco, South Africa’s largest independent resource corporate finance focused advisory boutique. The following year, he was promoted to an equity partner and director. Mr Robinson qualified as a JSE Approved Executive in 2009 and acted as Designated Advisor to a number of AltX listed companies through which he became a specialist in the field of corporate governance. He was involved in the equity raising that funded the Tshipi Borwa Mine project and officially filled the position of Tshipi’s inaugural Chief Financial Officer in November 2011 and subsequently became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. Mr Robinson is passionate about business, talent and leadership development.


Jacinto Rocha, Senior Lecturer, Wits Mining School

He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits University School of Mining Engineering and an Independent Mineral Law and Policy Consultant. He is a Guest Lecturer  on the Prospecting and Mining Law  course at the Mandela Institute School of Law. He was formerly employed at the Department of Minerals and Energy as the Deputy Director-General: Mineral Regulation. Jacinto, is the principal drafter of the Mineral and Petroleum resources Development Act, 2002 and played a key role in the development of the Mineral and Mining Policy of South Africa. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the National Bar Council of South Africa, the Compliance Institute SA and the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification.


Michelle Roth, 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.


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. 


Keith Scott, Managing Director, The MSA Group

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


Ben Smit, Director, Pella Resources and Chairman, Aurigin Resources

With more than 25 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is a cofounder and a Director of Pella Resources together with Adonis Pouroulis. 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. 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.


David Spencer, Chairman, General Exploration Limited, Tanzania

68. BSc Metallurgy (Swansea), MSc Management (Warwick) and CIMA. 22 years working in Africa. 28 years mining and exploration. Built  Zari Exploration Ltd over 10 years to sale for $18.5m in 2012 (11,000% and 2,000% profit for investors). General Exploration Ltd built up over the last 3 years focused on early stage gold exploration in the  Lake Victoria Goldfield in Tanzania.


Bernard Swanepoel,

Bernard Swanepoel is the chairman of The Joburg Indaba and The Junior Indaba. Bernard holds BSc (Min Eng) and BCom (Hons) degrees and started his career with Gengold in 1983, culminating in his appointment as general manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993. After joining Randgold in 1995 as MD of the Harmony mine, Bernard became CEO of Harmony from 1997 to 2007. Bernard is a non-executive board member of Sanlam and ARM and founding partner of To The Point Growth Specialists. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited on 8 August 2013.


Mike Teke, Executive Chairman, Masimong Group

In 2008, Mike left Impala to be one of the founding members of Optimum Coal and was appointed CEO of Optimum Coal. Mike was part of the  listing Optimum Coal on the JSE in March 2010. In September 2012, Mike resigned as CEO of Optimum Coal(and is presently the Non-Executive Chairman) to pursue other business interests. Mike was appointed VP of the Chamber of Mines in 2011/12 and on 5 November 2013 was appointed President of the Chamber of Mines. Mike was further appointed Chairman of the Richard Bay Coal Terminal in 2012 and is currently serving in this role. He serves on the Board of Rolfes, a JSE Listed Company and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Anchor Group, a JSE Altx listed Company. Mike is the founding and controlling shareholder of Dedicoal, a service-based mining and beneficiation vehicle, active in the South African mining sector. He is the Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder of Masimong Group, a diversified investment vehicle.


John Wallington,

 

 

Former CEO of Coal of Africa, John Wallington has in the past held the position of Global Chief Executive for the Anglo Coal division of Anglo American plc and has also held board positions with Firestone Energy Ltd and Keaton Energy Holdings Limited.

John holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He has participated in executive programmes at both the London and Harvard business schools.

 

 


Bruce Williamson, Lead Fund Manager, Imara African Resources Fund

After completing a B. Com (Accounts and Economics) at the University of Cape Town he joined the investment world and worked as a gold analyst for Ed. Hern, Rudolph, JD Anderson (SBC Warburg) and ABN Amro. During an eight year period he was rated in the top three gold analysts in the Financial Mail survey and achieved top ranking in 1992.  He joined Imara Asset Management in 2008 and is the lead fund manager of the Imara African Resources Fund. It is a BVI registered, long only US Dollar fund that invests in listed mining, agriculture, oil and gas companies whose businesses are predominantly in Africa.



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

Sacha has been with IFC for 7 years - three years in London focusing on business development for mining, and oil and gas, and thereafter three years at IFC’s headquarter office in Washington DC focusing on mining and infrastructure transactions. Sacha moved to IFC’s office in Johannesburg in early 2014 to focus on mining investments in 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.


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.


John Barton-Bridges CEO, Jonah Capital

John Barton-Bridges has more than thirty years professional experience, primarily in the mining and infrastructure sectors. Born and raised in Africa, he left South Africa in 1985 and gained his professional experience in the United States, Canada and the emerging markets of Latin America, Central Asia, and Africa. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a M.Sc. from the University of London, Imperial College (D.I.C.), and an MBA from INSEAD, France. Following his MBA, John spent 10 years with the International Finance Corporation of Washington, D.C., where he was appointed Principal Investment Officer. While at IFC he was seconded to the Development Bank of Southern Africa in 1998 to head up the Private Sector Investment Unit of the bank, after which he spent 6 years as Vice President in the private equity team of AIG Investments. Since 2007 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jonah Capital Group, headed by Sam Jonah KBE, OSG.


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 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.


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.


Sarel Daantjie Executive Chairman, Mvelo Minerals

Sarel Aliva Daantjie resigned from Anglo Platinum at the end of 2005 to start Mvelo in 2006. It was the first wholly owned Black company painting & cleaning projects for Anglo Platinum and Glencore. In 2010, Mvelo received its first big breakthrough at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult Concentrator where it awarded a Plant Cleaning contract with employee as local people. In 2012, Lonmin’s Supply, Chain and Enterprise Development gave Mvelo a second major breakthrough by awarding it an underground mining contract. During the aftermath of the Marikana Massacre, Tshediso and management (Lonmin Vice President Mining) took the risk to support and gave Mvelo an opportunity to start core mining as one of the black GLCcompony today. Mvelo is currently mining for Pandora (Joint Venture between Anglo Platinum and Lonmin) and employs in excess of 500 workers. To date Mvelo is a Member of SA chamber of mine and lost interest, platinum, mining chrome, coal nickel and other minerals


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 Resources, 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. 


Alugumi Dzebu Senior Investment Manager: Partnership Funds, Anglo American

Alugumi Dzebu is the Senior Investment Manager for Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele’s Partnership Funds, and his responsibilities include managing the Anglo American sefa Mining Fund, which focusses on promoting mining-related investments in the junior mining space. A qualified geologist by profession, Alugumi has an Honours Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering, obtained in 2001 and 2010 respectively, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has extensive and diverse knowledge of the mining industry spanning from exploration, operational experience and funding. He has worked on a number of mining finance transactions both locally and internationally across multiple commodities. Alugumi also sits as a non-executive director on a number of mining companies.

 


Bruce Falcon Director, Falcon & Hume Inc

Bruce is currently a founder and director of corporate law firm, Falcon & Hume Inc. Bruce completed his legal articles with Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc, and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1996. After a brief period working in mining corporate finance in London, Bruce spent 4 years with the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure group of Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne, Australia. On returning to South Africa in 2002, Bruce established his own legal practice. Since then he has been involved in a number of significant corporate and resources transactions and has developed and maintained several close client relationships.  These clients include Australian, English and Canadian listed exploration and mining companies, corporate finance firms and several emerging and established South African Black Economic Empowerment firms. Bruce graduated with B Comm and LLB degrees from Wits University and an LLM (Corporate and Resources Law) from Melbourne University, Australia. Bruce is also admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Victoria, Australia and the High Court of Australia.


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.


Noah Greenhill CEO, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings

Noah is currently the CEO of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings. After joining the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2000 as part of the Executive Committee in his role as the Senior General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, Noah Greenhill has been flying the flag of enthusiasm high. He is passionate about educating the business community about why the South African index is among the top places to invest, list and expect global size growth. His zeal and passion for investing in the local index was the driving force for his heading the establishment of the JSE’s AltX in 2003. He is well known as the face of AltX, the alternative exchange which attracts small, medium and growing companies. The painful birthing of the Altx brought fourth an index that  now  boasts over  80 companies with a market  capitalization  of over R30bn. AltX has beaten back the skeptics, bringing many new companies to the market and hundreds of new, mainly private, investors. While the JSE's previous attempts to host small, developing companies, the development capital market (DCM) and venture capital market (VCM), became notorious for poor quality companies, AltX has mainly captured good, solid, companies. His infectious enthusiasm for investing in African resource stocks doesn’t look set to change as he became the Head of Corporate Finance at Sasfin Capital (“Sasfin”) of Sasfin Bank Ltd. In his appointment he brings with him a vast network of corporate contacts and strong marketing skills, built up over his 12 years of heading the JSE’s marketing efforts.


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. 


Ben James Managing Director, Baobab Resources & Capitol Resources Ida

Ben is a geologist with over 15 years experience in the exploration and mining industry. Graduating with a degree in geology from the University of Otago in 1994, he has since held exploration and development roles in a variety of terrains including the Archaean Greenstone belts of Western Australia, Proterozoic gold and base metal systems in Zambia, porphyry gold-copper deposits in the Romanian Carpathians and Ordovician orogenic mesothermal gold mineralisation in New Zealand's South Island. Ben has worked for various companies including Oceana Gold, RSG Global, Katanga Resources, Hill 50 Gold and Herald Resources. Ben joined Baobab Resources plc as Exploration Manager in 2006, joined the board as Technical Director in 2008 and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2009.


Christiaan Jordaan CEO, Regius Resources Group

Christiaan Jordaan holds a B.Com Law degree which he obtained from the University of Pretoria. Additionally he also completed the following Registered Person’s examinations through the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM): Equity markets and Bond markets. Mr. Jordaan is a qualified Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Compliance Officer. He started his career in financial services and has operated at senior management level until July 2011, specialising in risk management. Inspired by his special interest in private equity, commodities and corporate finance Mr. Jordaan co-founded the Regius Group to focus on transactions and projects in the mineral and energy sector. Mr. Jordaan is responsible for the day-to-day management of Regius Resources Group and specifically for all commercial aspects of the companies' projects in Mozambique.


Boris Kamstra Investment Executive, Pangea Exploration

Boris is a Professional Engineer with many years of investment, management, and operational experience. He has experience in a range of industries at senior executive levels including private equity, mining, venture capital and construction. He qualified cum laude from the University of Cape Town with a Civil Engineering degree in 1989. After which he commenced his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction becoming a director of that company in 1999. During 2000 he completed an MBA at University of Witwatersrand.

 

 

 


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.


Paul Khosolo Managing Director, African Sun Mining

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


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.


Paul Loudon CEO, DiamondCorp

Paul Loudon has a BSc (Hons) in economics and engineering and more than 25 years′ experience in stockbroking, corporate finance and management of junior mining and exploration companies. He has been President of Battlefields Minerals Corporation of Toronto and Chairman of BDI Mining Corp. He was head of Equities at Loeb Aron & Company Ltd, a London corporate finance house specialising in the mining sector, where he was responsible for raising considerable sums of equity capital for resource companies listed in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Mr Loudon is an Associate of the Securities Institute and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mines and Metallurgy. He resides in Kroonstad, Free State Province, and was a founder of DiamondCorp in 2005. 


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.


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 


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)


Octavia Matshidiso Matloa Group CEO, Mukundi Mining Resources

Octavia is a Chartered Accountant with more than 12 years of professional and executive experience. She obtained her B.Com degree and B. Com. Hon and CTA from the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria respectively.  In 2003 she completed her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before joining the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, first as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Director: Management Accounting. In 2009 she was appointed by court as the first woman curator in the insurance industry. Octavia is a dynamic entrepreneur and executive who in 2011 was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2011 MTN Boss of the Year Award; and won the 2011 Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s New Entrepreneur after winning Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s Business Women of the Year in 2010. She founded various group of companies in various sectors ranging from auditing, training and development, mining, transport, financial services; and beauty, health and nutrition. Tsidkenu Chartered Accountants Inc and Mukundi Mining Resources are among the companies she founded and she is currently the Group CEO of Mukundi Mining Resources.


Ken Mekani Chief Executive Officer, Metallon Corporation

Ken Mekani has been with Metallon for 27 years after joining the then Lonrho Mining as Graduate Trainee Metallurgist in June 1987. After completing the Graduate Trainee Programme, Ken was appointed Plant Metallurgist. He spent several years in the group’s various operations where he worked his way up the ranks and was involved in major Metallurgical projects. In December 2012, he was appointed Acting COO for Metallon Gold Zimbabwe and in June 2013 was appointed General Manager for the group’s flagship operation, How Mine. From August 2010 to August 2013, Ken was non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee of Sabi Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. Ken holds a BSc. Metallurgical Engineering (1987) from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (USA) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Of Zimbabwe Graduate School Of Management (2006). 


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.


Mitford Mundell Chief Executive Officer, Namakwa Diamonds

Mitford Mundell is the Chief Executive Officer of Namakwa Diamonds, and Chairman of the Board of Storm Mountain Diamonds. He started his career in 1988 as Learner Official with Rand Mines, left the mining industry during the early 1990’s for four years to farm, and then worked for Harmony Gold for twelve years, from Miner to Mine Overseer, and then as Mine Manager in Evander, Kalgold and Randfontein, as Business Coach of the Randfontein region, and lastly as Group Manager of Continuous Improvement.   He joined De Beers in 2007 as General Manager of Namdeb and from 2012 as De Beers Group Lead of Business Improvements and Asset Optimisation.  He joined Namakwa in mid-2013 as CEO. Mitford holds a National Diploma in Metaliferous Mining, (Wits Technicon) Mine Overseers and Mine Managers Certificates of Competence (South Africa), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Buckinghamshire Chilterns), CPLD (Wits University) and Executive Specialised Masters Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change (HEC Paris & Oxford Said Business School).


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.


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.


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.


Kerwin Rana Executive Chairman, Sunbird Energy and Managing Director, Umbono Capital

Kerwin has 20 years of minerals and energy resource industry experience in Southern and East Africa including being the Head of New Business for De Beers and was a founding director and Executive Chairman of Sunbird Energy Limited (“Sunbird”) in 2011. Sunbird is an ASX-listed (ASX:SNY) gas explorer and developer focused on southern Africa where limited domestic gas supply and growing energy needs have created significant opportunity for the development of large scale energy projects. Kerwin is also Managing Director of Umbono Capital Partners (Pty) Limited (“Umbono”). Umbono is a black-owned natural resources and energy investment and project development company that has been in business for over 17 years with a diverse portfolio of interests across the resources and energy sectors in South Africa, across Africa, Europe and North America. Kerwin was formerly a non-executive director of the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (“SADPMR”).  


Laurence Robb CEO, Lerama Resources

Before moving to the UK, Laurence Robb was Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and between 2001-2005,  also Director of its Economic Geology Research Institute. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. He has worked for over 30 years on many the great mineral districts of the African continent and is currently involved in research on the metallogeny of Myanmar/Burma and also the Western Sahara. He is the author of the text book ‘Introduction to Ore Forming Processes’ that is widely used all over the world. He served a term as President of the Geological Society of South Africa in 1999-2000 and has also been a Vice-President for the African region of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and a Chartered Geologist. Together with its co-founders, Ido Lekota, Archie Rantao and Sam Madiba, Laurence helped establish Lerama Resources in 2005 and is currently CEO of the company. For the past decade Lerama has targeted  the acid phase of the Bushveld Complex for IOCG style deposits and is currently exploring and evaluating 4 prospecting rights in the eastern Bushveld.  


Brendan Robinson CEO, Tshipi é Ntle

Mr Robinson holds honours degrees in both accounting and financial planning and also holds a masters’ degree in financial management. Mr Robinson started his career at Deloitte and Touche as a member of the Financial Institution Services Team, where he specialised in private equity advisory services and where he discovered his passion for setting up new businesses. Upon admission as a CA (SA), he founded an audit and financial advisory practice called Du Toit, Minnaar and Robinson Inc., which specialised in transaction support, valuations, taxation and financial planning. In 2008, Mr Robinson joined Questco, South Africa’s largest independent resource corporate finance focused advisory boutique. The following year, he was promoted to an equity partner and director. Mr Robinson qualified as a JSE Approved Executive in 2009 and acted as Designated Advisor to a number of AltX listed companies through which he became a specialist in the field of corporate governance. He was involved in the equity raising that funded the Tshipi Borwa Mine project and officially filled the position of Tshipi’s inaugural Chief Financial Officer in November 2011 and subsequently became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. Mr Robinson is passionate about business, talent and leadership development.


Jacinto Rocha Senior Lecturer, Wits Mining School

He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits University School of Mining Engineering and an Independent Mineral Law and Policy Consultant. He is a Guest Lecturer  on the Prospecting and Mining Law  course at the Mandela Institute School of Law. He was formerly employed at the Department of Minerals and Energy as the Deputy Director-General: Mineral Regulation. Jacinto, is the principal drafter of the Mineral and Petroleum resources Development Act, 2002 and played a key role in the development of the Mineral and Mining Policy of South Africa. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the National Bar Council of South Africa, the Compliance Institute SA and the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification.


Michelle Roth 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.


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.


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.


Keith Scott Managing Director, The MSA Group

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


Ben Smit Director, Pella Resources and Chairman, Aurigin Resources

With more than 25 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is a cofounder and a Director of Pella Resources together with Adonis Pouroulis. 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. 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.


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. 


David Spencer Chairman, General Exploration Limited, Tanzania

68. BSc Metallurgy (Swansea), MSc Management (Warwick) and CIMA. 22 years working in Africa. 28 years mining and exploration. Built  Zari Exploration Ltd over 10 years to sale for $18.5m in 2012 (11,000% and 2,000% profit for investors). General Exploration Ltd built up over the last 3 years focused on early stage gold exploration in the  Lake Victoria Goldfield in Tanzania.


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.


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.


John Wallington

 

 

Former CEO of Coal of Africa, John Wallington has in the past held the position of Global Chief Executive for the Anglo Coal division of Anglo American plc and has also held board positions with Firestone Energy Ltd and Keaton Energy Holdings Limited.

John holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He has participated in executive programmes at both the London and Harvard business schools.

 

 


Tim Williams CEO, 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 geology degree from the University of Bristol, and a PhD in Mining from Imperial College London. He has an Accountancy Diploma from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK and completed a 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 and De Beers Consolidated Mines; and for Golden Star in the USA. Financial organisations he has worked for include: James Capel (then a part of HSBC) and Lehman Brothers, and more recently Ernst & Young in London. Tim is now dedicated full-time to ensuring the success of Andiamo Exploration Limited, which has an exciting 230km² mineral exploration licence in the Haykota area of Eritrea. Andiamo has obtained finance in difficult market conditions and is continuing to pursue a vigorous and successful exploration program for both gold and copper mineralisation.

 


Tim Williams, CEO, 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 geology degree from the University of Bristol, and a PhD in Mining from Imperial College London. He has an Accountancy Diploma from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK and completed a 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 and De Beers Consolidated Mines; and for Golden Star in the USA. Financial organisations he has worked for include: James Capel (then a part of HSBC) and Lehman Brothers, and more recently Ernst & Young in London. Tim is now dedicated full-time to ensuring the success of Andiamo Exploration Limited, which has an exciting 230km² mineral exploration licence in the Haykota area of Eritrea. Andiamo has obtained finance in difficult market conditions and is continuing to pursue a vigorous and successful exploration program for both gold and copper mineralisation.

 


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.


Bruce Williamson Lead Fund Manager, Imara African Resources Fund

After completing a B. Com (Accounts and Economics) at the University of Cape Town he joined the investment world and worked as a gold analyst for Ed. Hern, Rudolph, JD Anderson (SBC Warburg) and ABN Amro. During an eight year period he was rated in the top three gold analysts in the Financial Mail survey and achieved top ranking in 1992.  He joined Imara Asset Management in 2008 and is the lead fund manager of the Imara African Resources Fund. It is a BVI registered, long only US Dollar fund that invests in listed mining, agriculture, oil and gas companies whose businesses are predominantly in Africa.